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|Townships||Morris, Erienna, Saratoga, Wauponsee|
|Elevation||525 ft (160 m)|
|Area||9.81 sq mi (25 km2)|
|- land||9.44 sq mi (24 km2)|
|- water||0.36 sq mi (1 km2)|
|Density||1,734.0 / sq mi (670 / km2)|
|- summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
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|Website: City of Morris|
While not technically within the corporate limits of the city, Dresden Nuclear Power Plant, which provides a substantial portion of the electricity supply for the Chicago metropolitan area, has a Morris mailing address. Included among the Dresden plant's reactors is the first commercial nuclear reactor, housed in a spherical concrete and steel shell; it has since been decommissioned, and two more modern reactors (of 1970s vintage) now generate its electricity. Also nearby is the Morris Operation--the only de facto high-level radioactive waste storage site in the United States.
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Visitors and shoppers come a distance to enjoy the tranquil small town shopping atmosphere in the city's downtown. In addition to the downtown, there are outlying businesses such as five motels, a theater, restaurants, a furniture store, two drug stores, boat sales, three grocery stores, hardware stores, banquet hall, and numerous retail stores and gift shops.
Morris is the Grundy County seat and has a large hospital and modern schools. It is home to the Morris Redskins, who have won 3 state championships in football. There are many small parks, ball diamonds, tennis courts, two golf courses, a swimming pool as well as the Gebhard Woods State Park and the William G. Stratton State Park for boat launching on the Illinois River and a skatepark located near White Oak elementary school. Morris Community High School is known to be located on an abandoned mining network that stems for approximately five miles (8 kilometres). Morris is home to the Grundy County Speedway, and the city also hosts the annual Grundy County Fair and Grundy County Corn Fest.
Morris is located at  According to the 2010 census, the city has a total area of 9.81 square miles (25.4 km2), of which 9.44 square miles (24.4 km2) (or 96.23%) is land and 0.36 square miles (0.93 km2) (or 3.67%) is water.(41.3751416, -88.4281240), at an elevation of 525 feet (160 m).
As of the census of 2000, there were 11,928 people, 4,831 households, and 3,067 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,734.0 people per square mile (669.4/km²). There were 5,084 housing units at an average density of 739.1 per square mile (285.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 86.7% White, 4.3% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.4% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 6.7% from other races, and 2.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.5% of the population.
There were 5,084 households out of which 31.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.8% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.5% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 3.03.
In the city the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 95.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $62,563 and the median income for a family was $54,987. Males had a median income of $44,071 versus $25,206 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,256. About 5.0% of families and 6.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.2% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over.
54% of Morris is Roman Catholic.
The Lyondell Chemical Company is located about five miles (8 km) from the city center. The plant, located just off U.S. Route 6 heading eastbound away from Morris, employs many Morris residents. In addition to the chemical plant, three nuclear power plants are located within a 15-mile (24 km) radius of the center of Morris. The closest nuclear plant is only three miles (5 km) away, called the Dresden Nuclear Power Station. The LaSalle Nuclear Station is 14–15 miles (23–24 km) away, and Braidwood Generating Station is about 13 miles (21 km) away. All of the stations are owned by Exelon Corp. Among the stations, Dresden Generating Station generates energy for Chicago and surrounding areas.
Telephone switching history
Morris was the first place in the United States where an electronic switching system was used to serve telephone subscribers. The installation was a limited trial of a system design that was only referenced as the Morris System.
Super Outbreak tornado
Morris was the first town hit by the Super Outbreak of April 3–4, 1974. However, the damage was relatively minor and nobody was injured.
- Ed Brady, (b. 1960), former NFL linebacker
- Jessie Bartlett Davis, (c. 1859–1861–1905), operatic singer and actress
- Jack Boyle, (1889-1971), third baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies
- Kelly Dransfeldt, (b. 1975), former shortstop for the Texas Rangers and Chicago White Sox
- Careen M. Gordon, (b. 1972), Member of the Illinois House of Representatives from the 75th district from 2003-2011
- Philip C. Hayes, (1833–1916), congressman
- Albert Kingsbury, (1863–1943), engineer, inventor and entrepreneur
- Eric J. Magnuson, (b. 1951), lawyer and Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court
- Billy Petrick, (b. 1984), former pitcher for the Chicago Cubs
- Walter M. Pierce, (1861–1954), congressman from Oregon's 2nd congressional district and 17th governor of Oregon
- Lyman Beecher Ray (1831-1916), lieutenant governor of Illinois 1889-93, politician and Morris shopkeeper
- Scott Spiezio, (b. 1972), former Major League Baseball third baseman
- Jimmy Stafford, (b. 1964), lead guitarist and original member of the Grammy award winning band Train
- Ronald Steel, (b. 1931), award-winning writer, historian, and professor
- Jerry Weller, (b. 1957), former congressman from the 11th District
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