Morton, Illinois

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Morton, Illinois

Introduction to Morton, Illinois

Morton, Illinois, in Tazewell county, is 8 miles SE of Peoria, Illinois and 127 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois. The village is in the Peoria - Pekin area. There are 15,198 residents in Morton.

Morton History

The first settlers arrived in Morton between 1830 and 1835 from England, Ohio and New York. It was named in honor of Governor Morton of Massachusetts. Morton had not only extremely fertile farm land, but also a variety of industries from its early days. These led to the rapid growth and development of the area.

Morton and nearby Attractions

  • Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences
  • Morton Public Library
  • Advent Lutheran Church
  • Ossami Lake
  • Glen Oak Zoo
  • Birchwood Park

Things To Do In Morton

While in Morton, one can visit the John C. Flanagan House Museum and the Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences. Township hall, city hall, and the public library provide valuable information about the local history and culture. One can also plan a trip to the village parks, or the nearby Glen Oak Zoo. In addition, Morton hosts the famous Pumpkin Festival, which features the traditional contest of hurling pumpkins from giant contraptions. This annual festival draws large crowds from the neighboring areas.

Morton Transportation

Air transportation facilities are available at the Greater Peoria Regional Airport.

Morton Higher Education

Higher educational opportunities are provided by Bradley University, the Illinois Central College and Illinois State University.

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High Points

Morton strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Illinois):

Category Trophy
Short Commute Times
(vs. State)
Top 8% Morton Short Commute Times
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 12% Morton Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 13% Morton Well-Paid Single Men
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 13% Morton College Educated Adults
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 19% Morton Median Family Income

Comparative Profile of Morton, Illinois

Comparing Morton to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Illinois (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Age of the Population 9 9
Well-Paid Single Men 9 9
Senior Citizens 9 8
Well-Paid Single Women 9 9
Male Share of the Population 6 5
Female Share of the Population 5 6
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 3
Racial Diversity 2 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 8 8
Average Household Size 5 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 8 9
People in Middle Class or Better 8 8
Median Family Income 8 9
People Above Poverty 8 7

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 9 10
Walking and Biking to Work 7 8
Working at Home 6 6
Public Transportation Use 5 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 7 8
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 6 8
People Living Alone 6 6
Affordability of Rents 5 4
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 4 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 3

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Morton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles SE of Peoria, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 127 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois
County Tazewell
Metro Area Peoria - Pekin
Standard Zip Codes 61550
Phone Area Codes 309
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.612
Longitude -89.459

Morton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 12.3 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 31 F
Apr Temp 40 to 62 F
Jul Temp 65 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 64 F
Annual Precip 36 inches
Distance 27.9 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 63 F
Jul Temp 61 to 85 F
Oct Temp 39 to 65 F
Annual Precip 38.2 inches
Station MINONK
Distance 30.7 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 30 F
Apr Temp 38 to 62 F
Jul Temp 62 to 86 F
Oct Temp 41 to 66 F
Annual Precip 37.2 inches
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Morton Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 15,198 100%
Male 7,312 48.1%
Female 7,886 51.9%
Under 18 3,620 23.8%
18+ 11,578 76.2%
65+ 2,791 18.4%
Median Age 40.6
Average Family Size 2.96
White 14,874 97.9%
African-American 20 0.1%
Asian 176 1.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 27 0.2%
Other 39 0.3%
Mixed Race 61 0.4%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 122 0.8%

Estimated Morton Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 15,761
Growth 563
Growth % 3.7%

Morton Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 43.6%
English 10.9%
Irish 9.7%
US/American 7.7%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.1%
Swedish 3.3%
Italian 2.5%
Swiss 2%
French (except Basque) 1.7%
Norwegian 1.7%
Scottish 1.4%
Dutch 1.3%
Polish 1.3%
Scotch-Irish 1.3%
Czech 1.1%
European 1.1%
Welsh 0.6%
British 0.5%
Greek 0.4%
Brazilian 0.3%
Serbian 0.3%
Belgian 0.3%
Ukrainian 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
Danish 0.2%
Croatian 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
French Canadian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Morton, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Field Shopping Center (61550)
Mayfair (61550)
Ossami Lake (61550)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Morton 15,198 $62,935
Creve Coeur 5,448 $41,006
Deer Creek 605 $43,750
East Peoria 22,638 $51,836
Marquette Heights 2,794 $50,714
Tremont 2,029 $53,800
Washington 10,841 $61,184

Morton Public Libraries

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Morton, Illinois
(309) 263-2200
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