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Overview

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.

People

Total Population 16,534
Male Share of the Population 49%
Female Share of the Population 51%
Senior Citizens 19.2%
Employed Population 16+ 7,877
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 63.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 43.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $89,848
% Above Poverty Level 95.4%
% Below Poverty Level 4.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 29.7%
Median Gross Rent $798
Median House Value $184,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.4%
US/American 0%
English 10.9%
Irish 11.6%

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

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

Notes:

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

Station PEORIA GTR PEORIA AP
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
Station PRINCEVILLE
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

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 Population Median Family Income
Creve Coeur 5,652 $46,250
Deer Creek 731 $70,083
East Peoria 23,137 $69,048

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

Morton Public Libraries

Library
Morton P.l.d.
315 W. PERSHING
Morton, Illinois
(309) 263-2200
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Morton High Schools

MORTON HIGH SCHOOL
350 N ILLINOIS AVE
309-266-7182
Serves 934 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.4

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