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Mount Morris, Michigan
City of Mount Morris
Location within Genesee County
Location within Genesee County
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Coordinates: 43°07′12″N 83°42′47″W / 43.12000°N 83.71306°W / 43.12000; -83.71306
Country United States
State Michigan
County Genesee
Settled 1833
Platted 1862 (as Dover)
Incorporated 1867 (village)
1929 (city)
Government
 • Type Council–manager
Area
 • Total 1.15 sq mi (2.97 km2)
 • Land 1.15 sq mi (2.97 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
774 ft (236 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 3,086
 • Estimate 
(2019)
2,842
 • Density 2,475.61/sq mi (955.57/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
48458
Area code(s) 810
FIPS code 26-55960
GNIS feature ID 0632820

Mount Morris is a city in Genesee County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 3,086 at the 2010 census. The city is bordered by Mount Morris Township on the west and Genesee Township on the east. It was named after Mount Morris, New York, because many of the early settlers had come from there.

History

Benjamin Pearson was the first settler in the area in 1833. In 1836, Frederick Walker was the first to settle within the future village site. A post office named Mount Morris was established on July 11, 1837, with Charles N. Beecher as the first postmaster. The name of the office was changed to Genesee on January 19, 1839, and back to Mount Morris on April 25, 1857. The name became Mount Morris Station on April 17, 1865 and finally back to Mount Morris on March 9, 1874. Development was spurred with the building of a line of the Pere Marquette Railway (now owned by Saginaw Bay Southern Railway) in 1857. The settlement was first platted as Dover in 1862 and was incorporated as the village of Mount Morris in 1867. It reincorporated as a city in 1929. It was named after Mount Morris, New York, because many of the early settlers had come from there. The current mayor of Mount Morris is Mayor Daniel J. Lavelle.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.20 square miles (3.11 km2), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 502
1890 351 −30.1%
1900 416 18.5%
1910 513 23.3%
1920 1,174 128.8%
1930 1,982 68.8%
1940 2,237 12.9%
1950 2,890 29.2%
1960 3,484 20.6%
1970 3,778 8.4%
1980 3,246 −14.1%
1990 3,292 1.4%
2000 3,194 −3.0%
2010 3,086 −3.4%
2019 (est.) 2,842 −7.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 3,086 people in 1,317 households, including 780 families, in the city. The population density was 2,571.7 inhabitants per square mile (992.9/km2). There were 1,505 housing units at an average density of 1,254.2 per square mile (484.2/km2). The racial makup of the city was 80.1% White, 13.4% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 1.1% from other races, and 4.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.4%.

Of the 1,317 households 35.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.4% were married couples living together, 22.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.8% were non-families. 34.2% of households were one person and 9.3% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.98.

The median age was 34 years. 27.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.2% were from 25 to 44; 25.8% were from 45 to 64; and 9.4% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.2% male and 53.8% female.

As of 2013, estimates show drastic changes from 2000. The median household income was $21,778 and the median family income was $28,864. For full-time, year-round workers, males had a median income of $51,467 versus $29,455 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,340. About 34.6% of families and 38.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 57.6% of those under age 18 and 9.6% of those age 65 or over.

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