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Morton IL Real Estate
Nestled on the East side of the Peoria Lake, the village of Morton, Illinois is an idyllic community of almost 17,000. Morton is just 10 minutes from much larger Peoria (population of more than 114,000), so families who want to live in a smaller community but still have access to major entertainment and shopping amenities, may find this the perfect solution to their house-hunting needs.
The community has been recognized nationally as one of the best places to raise a family. Family Circle listed Morton in their Top 10 Towns for Families. WalletHub listed the town as the 16th best place to live in Illinois. The town ranked high in affordability and socio-economics.
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More About Morton Real Estate
75.8 percent of all residents own their own home, and 65.4 percent of all households are single-family dwellings.
The median house price in Morton is $271,019.
- 41.5 percent of all homes in Morton range between $117,001 and $234,000
- 30.7 percent of homes in Morton range between $234,001 and $351,000
- 14.8 percent of homes range between $351,001 and $468,000
Since 2000, home values have increased about 51.39 percent.
Age of Homes
- 40.3 percent of Morton homes were built between 1970 and 1999
- 31.3 percent were built between 1940 and 1969
- 19.7 percent have been built since 2000
- 8.7 percent of Morton homes were built before 1939
Morton IL Demographics
Morton is home to 17,117 people. The average age of Morton residents is diverse:
- 23.7 percent are 17 or under
- 23 percent of residents are between 35 and 54
- 22.8 percent of residents are 65 or older
- 14.2 percent of residents are between 55 and 64
- 10.8 percent of residents are between 25 and 34
- 5.6 percent of residents are between 18 and 24
43.7 percent of the community has earned a college degree or are currently attending college. 95.5 percent graduated from high school.
The median household income in Chillicothe is $78,979. Just under 93 percent of the population is Caucasian.
Morton is an oasis between much larger metropolitan areas and residents can easily commute between cities for work or entertainment via freeway access or public transportation. Other major cities within driving distance include Chicago (141 Miles), St Louis 158 Miles, and Indianapolis (201 miles).
Oliver P. Morton, Governor of Indiana from 1867 to 1877, is the namesake for the village. Morton was a staunch ally of Abraham Lincoln and an outspoken opponent of slavery. The founders of the town first arrived in the area from England, New York, Ohio, Switzerland, and Southern Germany between 1830 and 1875.
Some of the first businesses in the village included Rapp Brick & Tiles Works and The Rapp Brothers Pottery Works. The high school sports teams are dubbed “The Potters,” due to the significant impact the pottery industry had on the community. In fact, the town once housed the largest pottery establishment in the country.
Morton, IL is the Pumpkin Capital Of The World!
Morton is home to the world’s largest canned pumpkin producer. The factory produces 85% of the world’s canned pumpkin. The community now celebrates their “Pumpkin Capital of the World,” status at the annual Pumpkin Festival each September and October.
Morton Attractions and Traditions
Newcomers to the small village will get a taste of the town’s heritage when September rolls around. The annual Morton Pumpkin Festival routinely draws large crowds (about 35,000 just for the parade). Aside from the parades, residents and guests can enjoy a carnival, art show, pumpkin decorating contest, pumpkin pie eating contest, and live entertainment. You can check out a list of all of the fun events planned for the upcoming Pumpkin Festival on the community page.
The Morton Recreation Center offers summer activities including swimming lessons, cupcake classes, soccer camps, baseball camps and tumbling lessons.
Morton Parks and Activities
Morton has a bevy of parks residents can choose to enjoy. You can learn more about each of these parks on the Morton Park District website. Some of the most popular parks include:
Northwood Park: You’ll find this large park off North Main Street. The wooded location includes a challenging disc golf course, large hills (perfect for winter-time fun), nature trails, covered picnic areas (complete with charcoal grills) and a playground. Bird lovers will enjoy spotting the various species fluttering through the trees.
Morton Community Bikeway: Put on your helmet and grab a bike. This 2.5-mile paved trail starts in downtown and travels along the Fon-Du-Lac River. The path is pet-friendly and includes ample parking, a water fountain, and a covered picnic area at the head.
Idlewood Park: Idlewood Park is home to the aquatic center and an outdoor arts pavilion where residents and visitors can enjoy a summer concert series. The park also includes covered picnic areas, a sand volleyball court, grills, a large playground, and two Baggo courts. This park does not allow dogs.
Morton Public Pool: When the weather gets hot, residents and visitors can cool off at the Morton Public Pool. It has two diving boards and waterslides. The pool also features a concession stand and offers swimming lessons.
Oakwood Park: This 17-acre park features a playground, picnic shelters with grills, a fire ring, and a fenced-in dog park. The dog park is available for small and large dogs. Dogs are welcome to roam leash-free in this fenced-in area.
Ackerman Farms: Ackerman Farms is a 5th generation family run pumpkin farm with over 160 varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds. There is also a corn maze, farm animals, hayrack rides, a gift shop stocked with food products and home decor plus a nice selection of mums and ornamental corn.
Morton Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment
Field Shopping Center: If you want to hit a movie, grab dinner, or snag in a little bit of shopping, the Field Shopping Center has you covered. You’ll find the local theater here as well as a bakery that offers gourmet meals and cooking classes.
Morton roller rink: Morton converted their open-air skating rink to more traditional skating building. This 55-year-old establishment is a fun option for families or friends to burn off some excess energy to fun tunes. The arena is only open on weekends.
Vintage shopping: If you love antique furniture and vintage clothing, Morton is home to several consignment shops that offer a bevy of vintage pieces like Upscale Resale and Used but Not Abused. If you’re looking for something unique, check out Amish Choice Wood Furniture.
There are plenty of interesting dining options located Morton. Kemp208, Schooner’s and Seasons Gastropub scored high on Yelp. If you’re interested in something a little more classic, Eli’s Coffee Shop is a hot spot to grab a cup of coffee or a sandwich.
There are four public elementary schools, one middle school and one high school in Morton, including:
Grundy Elementary: Located at 1100 S 4th Avenue, the school has 396 students and 18 classroom teachers, serving grades pre-k through sixth.
Jefferson Elementary: Jefferson Elementary is located at 220 East Jefferson Street and has 357 students with 20 classroom teachers. The school hosts grades pre-k through sixth.
Lettie Brown Elementary: Located at 2550 North Morton Avenue, the school has 351 students and 20 classroom teachers, serving grades pre-k through sixth.
Lincoln Elementary: Lincoln Elementary is located at 100 South Nebraska Avenue and has 518 students with 28 classroom teachers. Grades at this school include pre-k through sixth.
Morton Junior High: Morton Junior High is located at 350 North Illinois Avenue. There are 416 students enrolled with 29 teachers encompassing grades seven and eight.
Morton High School: Located at 225 East Jackson Street, there are 931 students and 70 teachers covering grades nine through twelve.
Morton Job Market
Morton is centrally located to all the major interstates, which made it an ideal stop for significant businesses like Caterpillar Logistics, Core Construction, Nestle/Libby’s Pumpkin Cannery, Morton Buildings (corporate headquarters), BluSky Construction and Restoration, and Otto Baum. If you’re looking for opportunities outside of the town, easy transportation to larger cities like Peoria, making commuting a breeze.