Monroe County occupies the center geographical position among Coastal Gateway's five counties, positioned to the east of Clarke County and northwest of Conecuh and Escambia counties. It was established in 1815, before Alabama even gained statehood, and was named for U.S. President James Monroe.
The county was once the home of many Creek Indians, and has long been recognized for its agricultural and timber-based economy. For a time, Monroe County was also once a major textile-producing county. The county is served by one major U.S. highway (U.S. 84), several key state highways, rail service and an airport.
As of the 2010 census, Monroe County's population was 23,068. Monroeville is the county seat. The county houses Monroe County High School, J.U. Blacksher High School, Excel High School, Monroe Academy, New Life Christian School and J.F. Shields High School, as well as Alabama Southern Community College, which also has a campus in Thomasville in Clarke County. Notable cities and towns include Excel, Frisco City, Beatrice, Vredenburg and Uriah.
The timber and pulpwood industries make up the county's most prominent economic sector even today. Concrete production and the trucking industry also hold positions of prominence.
The county is served by Monroe County Airport in Monroeville, a general aviation facility that boasts a runway 6,028 feet in length, as well as hangar facilities and tie-downs. The Alabama River, as well as several smaller creeks and streams, run through the county. Little River State Park is found here, just north of the border with Escambia County.
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