The smallest incorporated city in the Tri-County region, Monroe is located in Benton County in the foothills of the Coast Range. Born as a homesteading center, a timber town and a minor river port, the town and the surrounding area continue to draw much of their community identity from farming and lumbering. Agriculture maintains a strong presence in modern-day Monroe. The town is well positioned in the Willamette Valley with Corvallis and Oregon State University to the north and Eugene and the University of Oregon to the south. This unique location offers very diverse opportunities including hiking and mountain biking, fishing on the Alsea River, Division I Sports at both universities, or wine tasting at local wineries.