Morton County, Kansas

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Morton County, Kansas
MortonCoCH.jpg
Morton County Court House in Elkhart
Map of Kansas highlighting Morton County
Location in the state of Kansas
Map of the United States highlighting Kansas
Kansas's location in the U.S.
Founded February 20, 1886
Named for Oliver Morton
Seat Elkhart
Largest city Elkhart
Area
 • Total 729.94 sq mi (1,891 km2)
 • Land 729.92 sq mi (1,890 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0 km2), 0.003%
Population
 • (2010) 3,233
 • Density 4.4/sq mi (1.7/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.mtcoks.com

Coordinates: 37°12′N 101°48′W / 37.200°N 101.800°W / 37.200; -101.800

Morton County (standard abbreviation: MT) is a county located in the U.S. state of Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 3,233.[1] The largest city and county seat is Elkhart.[2]

History[edit]

Morton County was named for Oliver Morton, who was a United States Senator from Indiana from 1867 to 1877.[3]

Until recently, Morton County was the only Kansas county in the media market of Amarillo, Texas. In early 2007, the Federal Communications Commission moved Morton into the Wichita market, along with the rest of western Kansas.[citation needed]

Law and government[edit]

Although the Kansas Constitution was amended in 1986 to allow the sale of alcoholic liquor by the individual drink with the approval of voters, Morton County has remained a prohibition, or "dry", county.[4]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 729.94 square miles (1,890.5 km2), of which 729.92 square miles (1,890.5 km2) (or 99.997%) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.052 km2) (or 0.003%) is water.[5]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 724
1900 304 −58.0%
1910 1,333 338.5%
1920 3,177 138.3%
1930 4,092 28.8%
1940 2,186 −46.6%
1950 2,610 19.4%
1960 3,354 28.5%
1970 3,576 6.6%
1980 3,454 −3.4%
1990 3,480 0.8%
2000 3,496 0.5%
2010 3,233 −7.5%
Est. 2012 3,169 [6] −2.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
Age pyramid

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 3,496 people, 1,306 households, and 961 families residing in the county. The population density was 5 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 1,519 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 88.39% White, 0.20% Black or African American, 1.14% Native American, 1.06% Asian, 7.52% from other races, and 1.69% from two or more races. 14.10% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,306 households out of which 36.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.20% were married couples living together, 6.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.40% were non-families. 24.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the county the population was spread out with 29.30% under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 27.20% from 25 to 44, 21.50% from 45 to 64, and 13.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 94.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,232, and the median income for a family was $43,494. Males had a median income of $31,875 versus $19,474 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,076. About 8.50% of families and 10.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.00% of those under age 18 and 5.20% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Incorporated cities[edit]

Name and population (2004 estimate):

Unincorporated places[edit]

Townships[edit]

Morton County is divided into six townships. None of the cities within the county are considered governmentally independent, and all figures for the townships include those of the cities. In the following table, the population center is the largest city (or cities) included in that township's population total, if it is of a significant size.

Sources: 2000 U.S. Gazetteer from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Township FIPS Population
center
Population Population
density
/km² (/sq mi)
Land area
km² (sq mi)
Water area
km² (sq mi)
Water % Geographic coordinates
Cimarron 13350 67 0 (1) 173 (67) 0 (0) 0% 37°4′11″N 101°46′45″W / 37.06972°N 101.77917°W / 37.06972; -101.77917
Jones 35650 17 0 (0) 140 (54) 0 (0) 0% 37°1′4″N 101°56′56″W / 37.01778°N 101.94889°W / 37.01778; -101.94889
Richfield 59225 218 0 (1) 649 (251) 0 (0) 0% 37°14′37″N 101°42′36″W / 37.24361°N 101.71000°W / 37.24361; -101.71000
Rolla 60925 Rolla 650 2 (5) 373 (144) 0 (0) 0% 37°6′46″N 101°37′42″W / 37.11278°N 101.62833°W / 37.11278; -101.62833
Taloga 69975 Elkhart 2,437 17 (44) 142 (55) 0 (0) 0% 37°0′22″N 101°53′42″W / 37.00611°N 101.89500°W / 37.00611; -101.89500
Westola 77225 107 0 (1) 412 (159) 0 (0) 0.01% 37°14′19″N 101°58′40″W / 37.23861°N 101.97778°W / 37.23861; -101.97778

Education[edit]

2005 KDOT Map of Morton County (map legend)

Unified school districts[edit]

See also[edit]

Information on this and other counties in Kansas

Other information for Kansas

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2010 County Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved March 31, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ http://www.kshs.org/research/topics/kansasnewspapers/MortonCo.htm
  4. ^ "Map of Wet and Dry Counties". Alcoholic Beverage Control, Kansas Department of Revenue. November 2004. Retrieved 2007-01-21. 
  5. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  6. ^ U.S. County 2012 Estimated Census; census.gov
  7. ^ U.S. Decennial Census; census.gov
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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