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Overview

Introduction to Morris, Illinois

Morris, Illinois, in Grundy county, is 21 miles SW of Joliet, Illinois and 53 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois . The city is in the Chicago area.

Morris History

The area that is now known as Morris was first platted in 1842, and was officially incorporated in 1850. It was named after Isaac N. Morris, who was a commissioner for the Illinois & Michigan Canal. The city of Morris went on to develop into a significant regional shipping center after the I&M canal was completed.

Morris and nearby Attractions

  • Gebhard Woods State Park
  • Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area
  • Heidecke Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area
  • Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail
  • Stratton State Park
  • Des Plaines Conservation Area.

Things To Do In Morris

Morris is blessed with great natural beauty. There are many parks in and around the city which offer facilities for recreational activities including play areas for kids and fields and courts for various sports. The lakes and river banks are also ideal places for rest and recreation. One can also go fishing, boating and swimming there.

Morris Transportation

Chicago O’Hare International is the closest major airport.

Morris Higher Education

Joliet Junior College, the University of St Francis and Wabaunsee Community College are some institutions offering higher education facilities in the area.

People

Total Population 14,402
Male Share of the Population 50.6%
Female Share of the Population 49.4%
Senior Citizens 14.9%
Employed Population 16+ 6,492
Age of the Population 39

Families

% of people married 49.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $71,487
% Above Poverty Level 89.2%
% Below Poverty Level 10.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 31.5%
Median Gross Rent $866
Median House Value $190,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 18.8%
US/American 0%
English 5.4%
Irish 20.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Morris Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 21 miles SW of Joliet, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 53 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois
County Grundy
Standard Zip Codes 60450
Phone Area Codes 815
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.357
Longitude -88.421

Morris Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station GEBHARD WOODS STATE PARK
Distance 0.8 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 30 F
Apr Temp 39 to 61 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 35.7 inches
Station AURORA
Distance 28.8 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 29 F
Apr Temp 36 to 59 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 38 to 63 F
Annual Precip 38.3 inches
Station KANKAKEE METRO WASTWTR
Distance 32 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 31 F
Apr Temp 38 to 61 F
Jul Temp 63 to 86 F
Oct Temp 40 to 65 F
Annual Precip 38.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Carbon Hill 328 $57,500
Diamond 2,612 $76,875

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Morris Public Libraries

Library
Morris Area P.l.
604 LIBERTY ST.
Morris, Illinois
(815) 942-6880
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Morris Hospitals

MORRIS HOSPITAL & HEALTHCARE CENTERS
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
150 W HIGH ST
(815) 942-2932
Emergency Service: Yes

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Morris High Schools

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MORRIS COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL
1000 UNION ST
815-942-1294
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 924 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.4

GAVC PASS
1002 UNION ST
815-942-4390
A Non-traditional School
Serves 24 students.

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