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Morton, Illinois
Location of Morton in Tazewell County, Illinois.
Location of Morton in Tazewell County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 40°36′42″N 89°27′48″W / 40.61167°N 89.46333°W / 40.61167; -89.46333Coordinates: 40°36′42″N 89°27′48″W / 40.61167°N 89.46333°W / 40.61167; -89.46333
Country United States
State Illinois
County Tazewell
Area
 • Total 12.82 sq mi (33.20 km2)
 • Land 12.78 sq mi (33.10 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)
Elevation
711 ft (217 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 16,267
 • Estimate 
(2019)
16,277
 • Density 1,273.73/sq mi (491.79/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s)
61550
Area code(s) 309
FIPS code 17-50621
Wikimedia Commons Morton, Illinois

Morton is a village in Tazewell County, Illinois, United States. The population was 16,267 at the 2010 census. Morton is located southeast of Peoria. The community holds an annual Morton Pumpkin Festival in the second week of September, and claims that 82 percent of the world's canned pumpkin is produced in Morton, earning it the designation "Pumpkin Capital of the World".

Geography

According to the 2010 census, Morton has a total area of 12.994 square miles (33.65 km2), of which 12.95 square miles (33.54 km2) (or 99.66%) is land and 0.044 square miles (0.11 km2) (or 0.34%) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 426
1890 657 54.2%
1900 894 36.1%
1910 1,004 12.3%
1920 1,179 17.4%
1930 1,501 27.3%
1940 2,241 49.3%
1950 3,693 64.8%
1960 5,325 44.2%
1970 10,811 103.0%
1980 14,178 31.1%
1990 13,799 −2.7%
2000 15,198 10.1%
2010 16,267 7.0%
2019 (est.) 16,277 0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

Morton is part of the Peoria, Illinois Metropolitan Statistical Area

At the 2010 census there were 16,267 people, 6,622 households, and 4,507 families living in the village. The population density was 1,251.9 people per square mile (481.8/km²). There were 6,973 housing units at an average density of 536.6 per square mile (199.7/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.3% White, 0.7% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.3% Asian, <0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.6% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.7%.

Of the 6,622 households 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.4% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.9% were non-families. 27.6% of households were one person and 12.4% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.95.

The age distribution was 23.6% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 23.8% from 25 to 44, 26.8% from 45 to 64, and 19.0% 65 or older. The median age was 41.4 years. For every 100 females there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.0 males.

The median household income was $70,878 and the median family income was $87,800. Males had a median income of $54,055 versus $27,629 for females. The per capita income for the village was $34,632. About 3.3% of families and 4.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.9% of those under age 18 and 5.4% of those age 65 or over.

Economy

Morton is the home of a Caterpillar Inc. distribution facility and a Libby's pumpkin cannery. Morton is also home to the corporate headquarters of Morton Buildings Inc. Morton's economy has been shaped by its proximity to both east/west and north/south interstates (I-74, I-474, I-155, I-55), central location between Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis, the presence of Caterpillar's logistics center, proximity to Caterpillar's corporate headquarters in Peoria, and the surrounding fertile farmland. Morton is a net importer of workforce due to the high concentration of major employers and has an unemployment rate (approximately 4%) below the regional, state and national averages. Major industry clusters include advanced manufacturing and logistics/distribution.

Education

Morton Community Unit School District 709 is the local public school district; it has one high school (Morton High School), one junior high school for grades seven and eight, and four primary schools for kindergarten through grade six. Private schools in the village are Blessed Sacrament and Bethel Lutheran, both private grade schools with preschool through eighth grade.

Elementary schools
  • Grundy Elementary School
  • Jefferson Elementary School
  • Lettie Brown Elementary School
  • Lincoln Elementary School
Junior High schools
  • Morton Junior High School
High schools
  • Morton High School

Notable people

  • Jay Ackerman, Illinois state representative and farmer
  • David Burritt, businessman; CEO of U.S. Steel
  • Derek Grimm, basketball player, University of Missouri Tigers men's basketball player, played in the NBA for the Sacramento Kings
  • Dave Kindred, American sportswriter.
  • J. R. Koch, basketball player, University of Iowa Hawkeyes men's basketball player, selected by New York Knicks in 1999 NBA draft; attended Morton High School
  • David E. Lilienthal, public administrator; appointed to lead the Tennessee Valley Authority and later the Atomic Energy Commission
  • Roger Sommer, Illinois State Senator
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