Morton, Pennsylvania

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Coordinates: 39°54′38″N 75°19′38″W / 39.91056°N 75.32722°W / 39.91056; -75.32722
Borough of Morton
Borough
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Delaware
Elevation 141 ft (43 m)
Coordinates 39°54′38″N 75°19′38″W / 39.91056°N 75.32722°W / 39.91056; -75.32722
Area 0.4 sq mi (1 km2)
 - land 0.4 sq mi (1 km2)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population 2,715 (2000)
Density 7,502.4 / sq mi (2,896.7 / km2)
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP Code 19070
Area code 610
Location of Morton in Delaware County
Location of Morton in Pennsylvania
Location of Pennsylvania in the United States

Morton is a borough in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 2,715 at the 2000 census.

Geography[edit]

Morton is located at 39°54′38″N 75°19′38″W / 39.91056°N 75.32722°W / 39.91056; -75.32722 (39.910612, -75.327273)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2), all of it land.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 889
1910 1,071 20.5%
1920 1,212 13.2%
1930 1,341 10.6%
1940 1,316 −1.9%
1950 1,352 2.7%
1960 2,207 63.2%
1970 2,602 17.9%
1980 2,412 −7.3%
1990 2,851 18.2%
2000 2,715 −4.8%
2010 2,669 −1.7%
Est. 2012 2,677 0.3%
Sources:[2][3][4]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,715 people, 1,145 households, and 687 families residing in the borough. The population density was 7,502.4 people per square mile (2,911.9/km²). There were 1,209 housing units at an average density of 3,340.8 per square mile (1,296.7/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 86.87% White, 7.47% African American, 0.07% Native American, 3.90% Asian, 0.33% from other races, and 1.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.14% of the population.

In the borough the population was spread out with 23.1% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 32.2% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 88.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.7 males.

History and prominent residents[edit]

Morton was named after Sketchley Morton, son of John Morton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the delegate who cast the deciding vote in favor of American independence. In 1776, Morton became part of Ridley Township and Springfield Township.[citation needed]

The borough houses the Morton train station, built in 1880[5] by Joseph Wilson of the Wilson Brothers architectural firm to serve the Morton stop on the Pennsylvania Railroad West Chester line that originated in 1854. It is currently used on the SEPTA Regional Rail Media/Elwyn Line.

The Piasecki Helicopter Corporation opened a manufacturing plant in Morton in 1947. The Piasecki H-21 and the Piasecki HUP-1 were both manufactured there. Boeing incorporated the company in 1960, and the company moved the manufacturing to a site along the Delaware River.[6] The original Piasecki building is now a BJ's Wholesale Club, with the control tower on one corner.[7]

Mike Scioscia, manager of the Major League Baseball team the Los Angeles Angels and former professional baseball player, is a native of Morton.

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