Morton Grove, Illinois

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Morton Grove, Illinois

Introduction to Morton Grove, Illinois

Morton Grove, Illinois, in Cook county, is 2 miles W of Skokie, Illinois (center to center) and 14 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois. The village is included in the Chicago metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 22,451 people lived in Morton Grove.

Morton Grove History

This area was originally inhabited by the Kickapoo, Miami, Pottawatomi, and Blackhawk tribes. The first modern settlers came here in the early 1830s. They consisted of English families who settled in the present Lehigh-Beckwith area which had rich and fertile farmland. The area had its first railroad in 1872 when the Milwaukee Railroad Company connected Chicago with Milwaukee. Around this time, the community was named Morton Grove based on the name of Levi Parsons Morton, a director of the Milwaukee Railroad Company.

Morton Grove and nearby Attractions

  • Morton Grove Historical Museum
  • Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
  • Leaning Tower of Niles
  • Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park
  • Merrick Rose Garden
  • St. Paul Woods Preserve

Things To Do In Morton Grove

Morton Grove is a wonderful place to live in. It was chosen by Family Circle Magazine for its list of "10 Best Towns for Families" in 2007. The surrounding areas offer several opportunities for recreational activities. There are excellent golf courses which delight golf lovers. The parklands and forest preserves provide opportunities for a wide range of activities.

Morton Grove Transportation

The Chicago O'Hare International Airport can be reached within a few minutes.

Morton Grove Higher Education

There are several educational institutions nearby including the National-Louis University, School of Art Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University, and Oakton Community College.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Morton Grove Low Rate of Poverty
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 9% Morton Grove Racial Diversity
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 12% Morton Grove Well-Paid Single Women
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 13% Morton Grove College Educated Adults
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Morton Grove Public Transportation Use
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Morton Grove People in Middle Class or Better
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 15% Morton Grove Well-Paid Single Men
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Morton Grove Median Family Income

Comparative Profile of Morton Grove, Illinois

Comparing Morton Grove 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 10 10
Senior Citizens 10 9
Racial Diversity 9 10
Well-Paid Single Women 9 9
Well-Paid Single Men 9 9
Female Share of the Population 7 7
Male Share of the Population 4 4
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 9
Average Household Size 8 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 10 10
People in Middle Class or Better 9 9
Median Family Income 9 9
College Educated Adults 8 9

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 9 9
Working at Home 8 8
Walking and Biking to Work 5 7
Short Commute Times 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 3 2
Housing Recently Built 3 5
People Living Alone 3 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 2
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 3
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 2

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Morton Grove Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles W of Skokie, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 14 miles NW of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60053
Phone Area Codes 847
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.04
Longitude -87.782

Morton Grove Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 6.4 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 56 F
Jul Temp 63 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 63 F
Annual Precip 36.8 inches
Distance 21.3 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 31 F
Apr Temp 40 to 59 F
Jul Temp 66 to 85 F
Oct Temp 45 to 63 F
Annual Precip 38.3 inches
Station WHEATON 3 SE
Distance 21.3 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 32 F
Apr Temp 38 to 63 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 67 F
Annual Precip 37.9 inches
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Morton Grove Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 22,451 100%
Male 10,671 47.5%
Female 11,780 52.5%
Under 18 4,666 20.8%
18+ 17,785 79.2%
65+ 4,836 21.5%
Median Age 44.5
Average Family Size 3.17
White 16,606 74%
African-American 142 0.6%
Asian 4,980 22.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 27 0.1%
Other 261 1.2%
Mixed Race 434 1.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 988 4.4%

Estimated Morton Grove Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 22,202
Growth -249
Growth % -1.1%

Morton Grove 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
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 31.4%
German 12.6%
Polish 10.2%
Irish 6.2%
Italian 5.2%
Russian 4.8%
Greek 4.1%
US/American 3.1%
English 2.6%
Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac 2.4%
Swedish 1.8%
Romanian 1.7%
Ukrainian 1.4%
Norwegian 0.9%
Jordanian 0.9%
Armenian 0.8%
Hungarian 0.7%
Scotch-Irish 0.7%
French (except Basque) 0.7%
Croatian 0.7%
Lithuanian 0.6%
Serbian 0.6%
Scottish 0.5%
Austrian 0.4%
Yugoslavian 0.3%
Czech 0.3%
Danish 0.3%
Dutch 0.3%
Finnish 0.3%
Luxemburger 0.2%
Iranian 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
Eastern European 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
Bulgarian 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Iraqi 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Morton Grove 22,451 $72,778
Glenview 41,847 $96,552
Golf 451 $138,560
Lincolnwood 12,359 $83,687
Niles 30,068 $58,215
Park Ridge 37,775 $87,795
Skokie 63,348 $68,253

Morton Grove Public Libraries

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(847) 965-4220
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Prairie View Plaza
6763 Dempster Ave
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Serves 114 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 2.8

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