|Elevation||711 ft (217 m)|
|Area||13.00 sq mi (34 km2)|
|- land||12.95 sq mi (34 km2)|
|- water||0.04 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Density||1,169 / sq mi (451 / km2)|
|- summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|Wikimedia Commons: Morton, Illinois|
|Website: Official website|
Morton is a village in Tazewell County, Illinois, USA, known for its pumpkins and annual Pumpkin Festival. The population was 16,267 at the 2010 Census. Morton, the home of a Caterpillar Inc. distribution facility and a Libby's pumpkin cannery, is part of the Peoria, Illinois Metropolitan Statistical Area. Morton is also home to the corporate headquarters of Morton Buildings Inc. It holds its annual Morton Pumpkin Festival in the second week of September. It is claimed that 85 percent of the world's canned pumpkin is produced in Morton, earning it the designation "Pumpkin Capital of the World".
The town garnered national attention on September 29, 2013 when Fox News broke the story of a Morton neighborhood which had blocked a Habitat for Humanity home being built for a hearing-disabled, two-bronze medal army veteran. According to the report, the neighbors objected to the quality of the house cladding, so they petitioned to block the construction. An outpouring of sympathy, locally, nationally and internationally, brought in donations to upgrade the home so that neighbors could be satisfied and the construction could begin.
Family Circle magazine ranked Morton one of its "10 best towns for families" in 2013.
According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 13.00 square miles (33.7 km2), of which 12.95 square miles (33.5 km2) (or 99.62%) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (or 0.31%) is water.
As of the census of 2010, there were 16,267 people and 6,462 households in the village. The population density was 1,247.6 people per square mile (481.8/km²). There were 6,299 housing units at an average density of 517.1 per square mile (199.7/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.3% White, 0.7% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.3% Asian, 0% Pacific Islander, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.7% of the population.
There were 6,021 households out of which 31.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.6% were married couples living together, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.5% were non-families. 26.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.96.
In the village the population was spread out with 23.8% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 24.7% from 45 to 64, and 18.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 92.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.4 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $53,869, and the median income for a family was $62,935. Males had a median income of $51,845 versus $30,973 for females. The per capita income for the village was $26,531. About 2.8% of families and 5.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.9% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.
Morton Community Unit School District 709 is the local public school district; it has one high school (Morton High School), one junior high school for grades seven and eight, and four primary schools for kindergarten through grade six. Private schools in the village are Blessed Sacrament and Bethel Lutheran, both private grade schools with preschool through eighth grade.
- David E. Lilienthal, public administrator; appointed to lead the Tennessee Valley Authority and later the Atomic Energy Commission
- "Morton, Illinois". Village Profile. Retrieved December 20, 2011.
- "Neighbors petition against Habitat for Humanity home", Fox News, September 29, 2013
- "2010 Census U.S. Gazetteer Files for Places – Illinois". United States Census. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.