Set in the scenic, rolling hills of southern Wisconsin, Green County sits squarely on the Wisconsin-Illinois border, providing easy access to major markets throughout the upper Midwest and beyond.
Agriculture is a booming industry in Green County, generating $1.39 billion in economic activity. Shaping much of the county’s environment and culture, key local agricultural products include milk, cheese, corn, soybeans and a variety of livestock products.
Green County boasts 13 cheese plants, the largest number in the state, and produces more than 50 varieties of cheeses. The community of Monroe, affectionately dubbed Cheese City USA, is home to many master cheesemakers, a designation that requires 15 years of study to achieve.
Famous for its Swiss heritage, Green County proudly houses New Glarus, a charming village that embraces Old World Swiss customs with its architecture, traditions, and ethnic flavors.
With these and many other unique small communities and cultural opportunities, it’s easy to feel at home in Wisconsin’s Green County.
Major industries in Green County include food manufacturing, healthcare services, and retail trade. Top employers include Colony Brands and Monroe Clinic. Green County’s 2010 population was 36,842. The county seat is Monroe.
Green County is served by the Green County Development Corporation.
Anna Schramke, CEcD, Executive Director
Sources: County Impact Reports, UW-Extension - Agriculture and Natural Resources and 2011 Advance Now Competitive Assessment