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Morton, Pennsylvania
Morton SEPTA station
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Delaware
Elevation 141 ft (43 m)
Area 0.4 sq mi (1 km²)
 - land 0.4 sq mi (1 km²)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km²), 0%
Population 2,669 (2010)
Density 7,450.7 /sq mi (2,876.7 /km²)
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 19070
Area code 610 and 484
FIPS code 42-51176
GNIS feature ID 1181592

Morton is a borough in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 2,669 at the 2010 census.


Morton is located in eastern Delaware County at 39°54′38″N 75°19′38″W / 39.91056°N 75.32722°W / 39.91056; -75.32722 (39.910612, -75.327273). It is bordered to the north, east, and west by Springfield Township and to the south by Ridley Township. Pennsylvania Route 420 (Woodland Avenue) passes through the borough, leading north 2.5 miles (4.0 km) to U.S. Route 1 in Springfield Township and south 3 miles (5 km) to Interstate 95 in Tinicum Township.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Morton has a total area of 0.36 square miles (0.93 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 327
1890 821 151.1%
1900 889 8.3%
1910 1,071 20.5%
1920 1,212 13.2%
1930 1,341 10.6%
1940 1,316 −1.9%
1950 1,352 2.7%
1960 2,207 63.2%
1970 2,602 17.9%
1980 2,412 −7.3%
1990 2,851 18.2%
2000 2,715 −4.8%
2010 2,669 −1.7%
Est. 2015 2,695 1.0%

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,715 people, 1,145 households, and 687 families residing in the borough. The population density was 7,502.4 people per square mile (2,911.9/km²). There were 1,209 housing units at an average density of 3,340.8 per square mile (1,296.7/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 69.87% White, 24.46% African American, 0.07% Native American, 3.90% Asian, 0.33% from other races, and 1.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.14% of the population.

There were 1,145 households, out of which 27.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.9% were married couples living together, 14.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.0% were non-families. 34.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the borough the population was spread out, with 23.1% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 32.2% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 88.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.7 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $46,731, and the median income for a family was $64,271. Males had a median income of $38,720 versus $34,940 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $25,408. About 4.4% of families and 6.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.4% of those under age 18 and 3.8% of those age 65 or over.

History and prominent residents

Morton was named after Sketchley Morton, son of John Morton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the delegate who cast the deciding vote in favor of American independence. In 1776, Morton became part of Ridley Township and Springfield Township.

The borough houses the Morton train station, built in 1880 by Joseph Wilson of the Wilson Brothers architectural firm to serve the Morton stop on the Pennsylvania Railroad West Chester line that originated in 1854. It is currently used on the SEPTA Regional Rail Media/Elwyn Line.

The Piasecki Helicopter Corporation opened a manufacturing plant in Morton in 1947. The Piasecki H-21 and the Piasecki HUP-1 were both manufactured there. Boeing incorporated the company in 1960, and the company moved the manufacturing to a site along the Delaware River. The original Piasecki building is now a BJ's Wholesale Club, with the control tower on one corner.

Mike Scioscia, manager of the Major League Baseball Los Angeles Angels and former professional baseball player, is a native of Morton.

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