Morris, Minnesota

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Morris is a town in Stevens County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 5,068 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Stevens County[3].

The town is home to the University of Minnesota Morris (UMM), part of the University of Minnesota system. UMM is one of the largest employers in Morris along with the Stevens Community Medical Center and Superior Industries.

In 1975, Morris was the site of the largest earthquake of the last century in the state, rated at between 4.6 and 4.8 in magnitude.[4] Eighteen years later, on June 4, 1993, another quake slightly shook the community. This one measured 4.1 in magnitude and ranks as the third largest earthquake in Minnesota of the 1900s.[5]



According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.5 square miles (11.8 km²), of which, 4.3 square miles (11.1 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²) of it (5.51%) is water. Lake Crystal is in the southwestern part of the town; the Pomme de Terre River flows through the town's eastern extremity.[6] U.S. Route 59 and Minnesota State Highways 9 and 28 are three of the main routes in the town.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,068 people, 1,929 households, and 985 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,183.2 people per square mile (457.2/km²). There were 2,067 housing units at an average density of 482.6/sq mi (186.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 93.63% White, 1.76% African American, 1.22% Native American, 1.54% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.63% from other races, and 1.20% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.48% of the population.

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