Mount Morris, Michigan

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Mount Morris is a city in Genesee County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 3,194 at the 2000 census. The city is adjacent to Mount Morris Township, but is politically independent.



Benjamin Pearson was the first settler in the area in 1833. In 1836, Frederick Walker was the first to settle within the future village site. A post office named Mount Morris was established on July 11, 1837, with Charles N. Beecher as the first postmaster. The name of the office was changed to Genesee on January 19, 1839, and back to Mount Morris on April 25, 1857. The name became Mount Morris Station on April 17, 1865 and finally back to Mount Morris on March 9, 1874. Development was spurred with the building of a line of the Pere Marquette Railway in 1857. The settlement was first platted as Dover in 1862 and was incorporated as the village of Mount Morris in 1867. It reincorporated as a city in 1929. It was named after Mount Morris, New York, because many of the early settlers had come from there.[3]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km²), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,194 people, 1,312 households, and 826 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,660.0 per square mile (1,027.7/km²). There were 1,402 housing units at an average density of 1,167.6/sq mi (451.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.14% White, 3.07% African American, 0.59% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.63% from other races, and 2.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.22% of the population.

There were 1,312 households out of which 35.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.4% were married couples living together, 17.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.0% were non-families. 30.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.9% under the age of 18, 11.2% from 18 to 24, 30.9% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, and 10.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.9 males.

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