Morley, Missouri

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Morley is a city in Scott County, Missouri, United States. The population was 792 at the 2000 census. It was surveyed and laid out by John Morley, a railroad engineer in about 1870. During the latter part of the 19th century and early 20th century both melons and cotton were important products of the area. The Iron Mountain Railroad and later the Missouri Pacific Railroad ran through the town. Several cotton gins were built in the town, but none exist today.

The Morley schools were located in the southeastly part of the village, the earliest was built about 1915. In 1940, a new high school was built in which students attended through 1959 when the consolidation with the Vanduser schools occurred. The new high school became Scott County Central High School, and was built on Highway 61 south of the village near Kluges Hill.

Geography

Morley is located at 37°02′33″N 89°36′48″W / 37.042474°N 89.613316°W / 37.042474; -89.613316.[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.9 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 792 people, 315 households, and 219 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,070.9 people per square mile (413.2/km²). There were 340 housing units at an average density of 459.7/sq mi (177.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.23% White, 0.76% African American, 0.25% Native American, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.76% of the population.

There were 315 households out of which 34.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.9% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.2% were non-families. 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.8% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 91.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $26,696, and the median income for a family was $35,000. Males had a median income of $25,625 versus $17,917 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,679. About 10.9% of families and 15.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.5% of those under age 18 and 20.2% of those age 65 or over.

References

Benton | Cape Girardeau‡ | Chaffee | Miner‡ | Morley | Oran | Scott City‡ | Sikeston

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