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Morton, Washington
Main Street, Morton, Washington.
Main Street, Morton, Washington.
Location of Morton, Washington
Location of Morton, Washington
Country United States
State Washington
County Lewis
Area
 • Total 0.83 sq mi (2.15 km2)
 • Land 0.82 sq mi (2.12 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation
948 ft (289 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,126
 • Estimate 
(2015)
1,128
 • Density 1,373.2/sq mi (530.2/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
98356
Area code(s) 360
FIPS code 53-47175
GNIS feature ID 1523383
Website www.visitmorton.com

Morton is a city in Lewis County, Washington, United States. The population was 1,126 at the 2010 census.

History

Morton was first settled in 1871 by James Fletcher. It was later named after Benjamin Harrison's Vice President, Levi P. Morton, in 1889. Morton was officially incorporated on January 7, 1913. Historic sources of revenue included logging, harvesting of cascara bark, and mining for cinnabar (mercury ore) in local mines. Morton was once known as the "tie mill capital of the world" in the 1950s. The longest railroad tie dock in the world ran along the railroad tracks east of Morton.

The Loggers Jubilee is held every year since 1937 or 1938.

Geography

Morton is located at 46°33′28″N 122°16′47″W / 46.55778°N 122.27972°W / 46.55778; -122.27972 (46.557869, -122.279631).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.83 square miles (2.15 km2), of which 0.82 square miles (2.12 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.

Climate

This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Morton has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.

Demographics

Fire station in Morton, WA
Fire station in Morton
Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 522
1930 461 −11.7%
1940 778 68.8%
1950 1,140 46.5%
1960 1,183 3.8%
1970 1,134 −4.1%
1980 1,264 11.5%
1990 1,130 −10.6%
2000 1,045 −7.5%
2010 1,126 7.8%
Est. 2015 1,128 0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
2015 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,126 people, 461 households, and 283 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,373.2 inhabitants per square mile (530.2/km2). There were 535 housing units at an average density of 652.4 per square mile (251.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.2% White, 0.5% African American, 1.2% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 1.8% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.9% of the population.

There were 461 households of which 26.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.4% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.6% were non-families. 29.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.83.

The median age in the city was 46.3 years. 20.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19.5% were from 25 to 44; 25.8% were from 45 to 64; and 26.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.1% male and 51.9% female.

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