Morton, Illinois

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Morton is a village in Tazewell County, Illinois, USA, known for its pumpkins and annual Pumpkin Festival. The population was 15,198 at the 2000 census. Morton, the home of a Caterpillar distribution facility and a Libby's pumpkin plant, is part of the Peoria, Illinois Metropolitan Statistical Area. It holds its annual Pumpkin Festival in the second week of September.



Morton is located at 40°36′42″N 89°27′48″W / 40.61167°N 89.46333°W / 40.61167; -89.46333 (40.611571, -89.463310).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.2 square miles (31.7 km²), of which, 12.2 square miles (31.5 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.33%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 15,198 people, 6,021 households, and 4,244 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,247.6 people per square mile (481.8/km²). There were 6,299 housing units at an average density of 517.1/sq mi (199.7/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.87% White, 0.13% African American, 0.18% Native American, 1.16% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 0.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.80% of the population.

There were 6,021 households out of which 31.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.6% were married couples living together, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.5% were non-families. 26.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.96.

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