Monroe County’s economy features chief employers such as Brasch Manufacturing, Arcadia Metalcraft, Indeeco, Potterfield Trucking and Paris Asphalt Company. The Paris Industrial Park is a 21-acre site accessible from Highway 24 featuring utilities, a substation and more. Paris R-II School District provides education for K-12 students with an elementary and junior-senior high school. Moberly Area Community College is a public institution featuring campuses in northeastern and central Missouri. MACC is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission serving nearly 6,000 students. Moberly Regional Medical Center is a 100-plus bed community healthcare facility with a staff of more than 400 healthcare professionals.
Paris, Missouri was platted in 1831 and named after Paris, Kentucky; the hometown of one of the town settlers. A post office opened in 1841 and remains in operation today. Paris Male Academy and Union Covered Bridge were also constructed in the early years of Paris, MO and are featured on the National Register of Historic Places. Monroe County was also organized in 1831. Named for President James Monroe, the county was one of several along the Missouri River that was settled by migrants from the Upper South. Because of this it was amidst an area known as Little Dixie. <.p>
Hot/humid summers and mild to cool winters are common within the humid subtropical climate experienced in the area. Throughout the year, Paris receives 41 inches of rain, 16 inches of snow and 192 days of sunshine on average.
There’s a lot to do in Monroe County with unique shopping, historic sites, golf courses, wineries and more. Outdoor enthusiasts will feel especially at home with attractions like the Salt River, Mark Twain Lake, Clarence Cannon Dam, Lewis & Clark Trail, Hunnewell Lake, Ray Behrens Recreation Area and Monroe City Lake. The Great Pumpkin Fall Festival in Paris offers all kinds of entertainment for the whole family.