There are 22 colored properties on a classic Monopoly board as well as four railroads, two utilities, and some action spaces.
According to Monopoly manufacturer Hasbro, the correct name for the colored squares is ‘Streets’. But, on Monopoly boards in the United States, 17 of those properties are actually named ‘Avenues’.
So, I think that ‘Avenues’ is a better name for the colored Monopoly properties you can buy. Not just for the squares with names ending in ‘Avenue’, but for all of them.
Here’s a list of all of the Monopoly Avenues
- Mediterranean Avenue
- Baltic Avenue
- Oriental Avenue
- Vermont Avenue
- Connecticut Avenue
- St. Charles Place
- States Avenue
- Virginia Avenue
- St. James Place
- Tennessee Avenue
- New York Avenue
- Kentucky Avenue
- Indiana Avenue
- Illinois Avenue
- Atlantic Avenue
- Ventnor Avenue
- Marvin Gardens
- Pacific Avenue
- North Carolina Avenue
- Pennsylvania Avenue
- Park Place
These Monopoly avenues are grouped by color:
- Brown – Mediterranean Avenue & Baltic Avenue
- Light Blue – Oriental Avenue, Vermont Avenue, & Connecticut Avenue
- Pink – St. Charles Place, States Avenue, & Virginia Avenue
- Orange – St. James Place, Tennessee Avenue, & New York Avenue
- Red – Kentucky Avenue, Indiana Avenue, & Illinois Avenue
- Yellow – Atlantic Avenue, Ventnor Avenue, & Marvin Gardens
- Green – Pacific Avenue, North Carolina Avenue, & Pennsylvania Avenue
- Dark Blue – Park Pace & Boardwalk
Fun Fact: The only Monopoly color set with no avenues is the Dark Blue set. The other sets all have either two or three avenues.
Of course, there are lots of different versions of Monopoly, each with different boards and different property names. While the US Monopoly board was based on streets in Atlantic City, New Jersey, other Monopoly boards are based on other cities around the world.
In the United Kingdom, for example, the UK Monopoly board has only one Avenue, ‘Northumberland Avenue, but eight Streets, four Roads, two Squares, and a Lane.
When you look at the list of all streets in Atlantic City, you’ll see that most of them are actually Avenues in real life. However, London does have a greater mix of Streets and other names, as well as Avenues.
So, while there are a lot of Avenues on a Monopoly board, that’s just a reflection of the geography of Atlantic City – the place where Monopoly began. While these are technically called ‘Streets’, Avenues does seem to be a better name for the properties on a Monopoly board.