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Monroe County

Monroe CountyMonroe has a rapidly diversifying economy with tourism, distribution, manufacturing and service on the rise. Major employers in Monroe County include:  United States Government, Pocono Mountain School District, Pocono Medical Center, Aventis Pasteur and East Stroudsburg Area School District.* Monroe County (population 144,676, 607 square miles) was created on April 1, 1836, from parts of Northampton and Pike Counties and named for President James Monroe.

Stroudsburg, the county seat, was incorporated as a borough on February 6, 1815, and named for Jacob Stroud, a settler. Here in the Northeastern corner of Pennsylvania lie the beautiful Pocono Mountains.  The Poconos encompass 2,400 square miles of wooded peaks and valleys with numerous sparkling lakes and rushing rivers, and waterfalls.  In the spring and summer, the Poconos provide excellent fishing, white-water rafting, golf, hiking, tennis, mountain biking and water sports. Winter blankets the Poconos in white, transforming them into a playground for skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling. 

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*Employer information provided by Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry.