Mount Morris, Illinois
Sign leading on Rt. 64 leading into Mount Morris
|Motto: Let Freedom Ring|
|Elevation||909 ft (277 m)|
|Area||1.50 sq mi (4 km2)|
|- land||1.50 sq mi (4 km2)|
|- water||0.00 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Density||994.3 / sq mi (384 / km2)|
|Wikimedia Commons: Mount Morris, Illinois|
Mount Morris is located at (42.047614, -89.433972).
According to the 2010 census, the village has a total area of 1.50 square miles (3.9 km2), all land.
Mt. Morris is home of the Illinois Freedom Bell, which is located in the town square. The area that is now the town square used to be the campus of one of Illinois' first institutes of higher learning, Mount Morris College. It was first a Methodist school and was later affiliated with the Church of the Brethren. The college closed due to hard economic times. The village's old Junior High School, while undergoing demolition, caught fire and burned forcing the school district to be merged with the Oregon School District in 1993. On February 12, 2004, the Rahn Elementary School was lost to fire. This resulted in the reorganization of the Oregon School District. The former Oregon city elementary and middle schools were merged into a single elementary school. The Mt. Morris Junior Highschool has since been used as the middle school for the district.
Parks include Dillehay Park, Mounder Park, and Zickuhr Park. Dillehay Park is located in the southeast portion of the village. Zickuhr Park is located in the western part of town, and has one softball diamond, basketball courts, and an array of playground equipment. Mounder Park houses a skating park, a pavilion, and the playground equipment that was donated and relocated by the school after the Rahn Elementary School fire.
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,013 people, 1,259 households, and 810 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,585.1 people per square mile (994.3/km²). There were 1,337 housing units at an average density of 1,147.1 per square mile (441.2/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.15% White, 0.17% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 1.00% from other races, and 0.93% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.75% of the population.
There were 1,259 households out of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.8% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.6% were non-families. 32.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.86.
In the village the population was spread out with 23.8% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 22.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 90.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.0 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $41,333, and the median income for a family was $51,019. Males had a median income of $39,323 versus $20,840 for females. The per capita income for the village was $20,326. About 6.0% of families and 6.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.2% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.
- Akiane Kramarik, painter; born in Mount Morris
- Nels Potter, pitcher for five Major League Baseball teams; born in Mount Morris
- Nelson Thomas Potter, Jr., university professor and scholar
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- "2010 Census U.S. Gazetteer Files for Places – Illinois". United States Census. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
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- Description of Mount Morris
- Mt. Morris Public Library
- Mt. Morris Fire Department
- Oregon-Mt. Morris School merger
- The Kable Brothers Company
- Mt. Morris History