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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population13,930
Male Share of the Population48.8%
Female Share of the Population51.2%
Senior Citizens17.6%
Employed Population 16+6,184
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married50.1%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher22.6%
Median Earnings25+$39,812
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,355
Median Earnings With High School Degree$33,333

Wealth

Median Family Income$70,723
% Above Poverty Level88.5%
% Below Poverty Level11.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time23 minutes
% Working from Home3.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.9%
% Using Public Transportation1%

Housing

People Living Alone29.1%
Median Gross Rent$884
Median House Value$195,000

Ancestry

German20.8%
Irish18.9%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)16.6%
Norwegian12.7%
Italian7.1%
English6.3%
Polish5.9%
Swedish3.1%
French Except Basque3%
Dutch1.7%
Scottish1.3%
Welsh0.7%
Czech0.6%
Danishn0.6%
Russian0.5%
Croatian0.5%
Swiss0.4%
Lithuanian0.3%
Turkish0.3%
Luxemburger0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Ukrainian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Iraqi0.1%
Arab0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Greek0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Serbian0.1%
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Morris Almanac

CategoryValue
County Grundy County
Standard Zip Codes60450
Phone Area Codes815
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude41.36
Approximate Longitude-88.42

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)

StationGEBHARD WOODS STATE PARK
Distance0.8 miles
Jan Temp13 to 30 F
Apr Temp39 to 61 F
Jul Temp63 to 85 F
Oct Temp41 to 64 F
Annual Precip35.7 inches
StationAURORA
Distance28.8 miles
Jan Temp11 to 29 F
Apr Temp36 to 59 F
Jul Temp61 to 84 F
Oct Temp38 to 63 F
Annual Precip38.3 inches
StationKANKAKEE METRO WASTWTR
Distance32 miles
Jan Temp12 to 31 F
Apr Temp38 to 61 F
Jul Temp63 to 86 F
Oct Temp40 to 65 F
Annual Precip38.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Carbon Hill380$62,708
Diamond2,733$64,038
Lisbon397$61,250
Mazon957$71,818

Morris Public Libraries

Morris Area Public Library District
604 LIBERTY STREET
Morris, Illinois
(815) 942-6880

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Morris Hospitals

Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers
(Non-profit)
150 W High St
(815) 942-2932

Morris Public Schools

Morris Community High School
1000 Union St
ZIP: 60450
(815) 941-5329
High
Total Enrollment 884
Nettle Creek Elem School
8820 Scott School Rd
ZIP: 60450
(815) 942-0511
Primary
Total Enrollment 84
Premier Academy Morris
7700 Ashley Rd
ZIP: 60450
(815) 416-0377
High
Total Enrollment 34
Premier Academy Morris Taoep
7700 Ashley Rd
ZIP: 60450
(815) 416-0377
Other
Total Enrollment 61
Saratoga Elem School
4040 N Division St
ZIP: 60450
(815) 942-5970
Primary
Total Enrollment 785
Shabbona Middle School
725 School St
ZIP: 60450
(815) 942-0056
Middle
Total Enrollment 378
White Oak Elementary
2001 Dupont Ave
ZIP: 60450
(815) 942-0047
Primary
Total Enrollment 836

Morris Private Schools

Immaculate Conception School
505 E North St
ZIP: 60450
Elementary
Total Enrollment 183
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