Morris County, Kansas (KS)

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County population in 2012: 5,854 (all rural); it was 6,104 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,014
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 964
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 1,986
Renter-occupied apartments: 576 (it was 553 in 2000)
% of renters here:

22%
State:

32%

Land area: 697 sq. mi.

Water area: 5.5 sq. mi.

Population density: 8 people per square mile   (low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Morris County: 80.5 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (65.4%), Educational, health and social services (12.2%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 17%
  • Government: 0%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 82%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Morris County, Kansas:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (94.1%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (3.6%)
  • Two or more races (1.2%)
Median resident age:  47.0 years
Kansas median age:  36.0 years
Males: 2,955  (50.7%)
Females: 2,968  (49.3%)
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Morris County,KS real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Morris County:

2.0 people
Kansas:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $47,112 ($32,163 in 1999)

This county:

$47112
Kansas:

$50972

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $409 (lower quartile is $245, upper quartile is $522)
This county:

$409
State:

$569


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $82,729 (it was $52,200 in 2000)
Morris:

$82,729
Kansas:

$129,700
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $49,628 - $154,663
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $990
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $396

Institutionalized population: 66

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

Morris County, KS map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 17 buildings, average cost: $128,000
  • 2008: 1 building, cost: $200,000
  • 2009: 6 buildings, average cost: $163,700

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,325 (1.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $1,154 (1.5%)

Morris County household income distribution in 2009 Morris County home values distribution Morris County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 8.3%
(7.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 20.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 2.1% for American Indian residents, 20.8% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 8.5%
Morris County:

8.5%
Kansas:

14.0%
(7.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 20.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 17.3% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 47 years old
(Males: 47 years old, Females: 48 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 47 years old, Black residents: 49 years old, American Indian residents: 18 years old, Asian residents: 32 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 30 years old, Other race residents: 63 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Morris County is $423 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $520 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $667 a month.

Cities in this county include: Council Grove, White City, Dwight, Wilsey, Dunlap, Parkerville, Latimer.

Morris County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Morris County: Wilsey Wastewater Treatment Facility (A), Dwight Wastewater Treatment Plant (B), Council Grove Sewer Treatment Plant (C), White Memorial Camp (D), Santa Fe Farms (E), Two R Farms (F), Biehler - Ecklund Farms (G), Sacred Heart Farms (H), Kniebel Farms (I), Wittman Farm (J), Spirit Winds Ranch (K), Slash N Ranch (L), Hinchman Ranch (M), Sunny Slope Farms (N), Eisenhut Farm (O), Miller Dairy Farm (P), Johnson Farms (Q), Oleen Farms (R), Gieswein Farm (S), Stilwell Ranch (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Morris County include: Burdick United Methodist Church (A), First Baptist Church (B), Marion Hill Lutheran Church (C), Pleasant Ridge Christian Church (D), Kelso Church (E), Hebron Lutheran Church (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Latimer Cemetery (1), Clarks Creek Cemetery (2), Saint Johns Cemetery (3), Burton Cemetery (4), Ramsey - Black Cemetery (5), Parker - Highland Cemetery (6), White City Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoirs: Lake Kahola (A), Council Grove Lake (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Parkers Creek (A), Ramseys Creek (B), West Fork Neosho River (C), Level Creek (D), Ralls Creek (E), Haun Creek (F), Short Creek (G), Slough Creek (H), Lairds Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Morris County include: Neosho Park Recreation Area (1), Canning Creek Cove Recreation Area (2), Richey Cove North Recreation Area (3), Richey Cove South Recreation Area (4), Council Grove Wildlife Area (5). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Chase County , Dickinson County , Geary County , Lyon County , Marion County , Wabaunsee County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

4.9%
Kansas:

5.1%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 133
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 84.7%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 16.0%

Number of foreign born residents: 90 (37% naturalized citizens)

Morris County:

1.5%
Whole state:

5.0%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 33
  • 1990 to 1994: 3
  • 1985 to 1989: 11
  • 1980 to 1984: 12
  • 1975 to 1979: 3
  • 1970 to 1974: 2
  • 1970 to 1974: 12
  • 1965 to 1969: 14

Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.6 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 70.4%

Morris County marital status for males Morris County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Morris County with a mortgage: 651 (51 second mortgage, 24 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 659

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

65.7% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Morris County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant1,57211
Evangelical Protestant9497
Catholic9001
None2,502-
Morris County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 2
Morris County:

3.36 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.96 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 2
Morris County:

3.36 / 10,000 pop.
Kansas:

3.84 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 7
This county:

11.77 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.33 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Morris County:

10.2%
Kansas:

8.1%

Adult obesity rate:
Morris County:

28.7%
State:

27.9%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

13.5%
State:

13.4%

Agriculture in Morris County:

Average size of farms: 828 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $114,818
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $90.19
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 79.17%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $116,670
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 32.03%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 1.73%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $97,963
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 93.35%
Average age of principal farm operators: 58 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 16.72
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.27%
Corn for grain: 6446 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 31276 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 30520 harvested acres
Vegetables: 10 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 6 acres

Tornado activity:

Morris County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Kansas state average. It is 2784269.4 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 7 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 6/17/1969, a category 2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado injured 6 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Morris County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Kansas state average. It is 69% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 9/15/1995 at 00:31:33, a magnitude 4.1 (3.8 LG, 4.1 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 169.2 miles away from Morris County center
On 2/15/1974 at 13:33:49, a magnitude 4.6 (4.5 MB, 4.6 LG) earthquake occurred 269.3 miles away from the county center
On 9/6/1997 at 23:38:00, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 LG, 4.2 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 279.9 miles away from the county center
On 5/4/2001 at 06:42:12, a magnitude 4.7 (4.2 MB, 4.7 LG, 4.5 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 344.8 miles away from the county center
On 1/21/1982 at 00:33:54, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 LG, 4.5 LG) earthquake occurred 346.0 miles away from Morris County center
On 5/4/1991 at 01:18:54, a magnitude 5.0 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 401.5 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Morris County (14) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 9, Storms: 8, Tornadoes: 6, Winter Storms: 5, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snow: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Mexico (62%)
  • Germany (12%)
  • Japan (9%)
  • Other Western Europe (4%)
  • Panama (4%)
  • Philippines (3%)
  • United Kingdom (2%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Morris County (%):

  • German (28%)
  • United States or American (21%)
  • English (13%)
  • Irish (6%)
  • Swedish (6%)
  • French (except Basque) (4%)
  • European (3%)

Morris County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 2,355 (79%)
  • Carpooled: 214 (7%)
  • Walked: 79 (3%)
  • Other means: 21 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 294 (10%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

71 people in nursing homes
4 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
62 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
4 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $56,012.

6.53% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($37,281 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.53%
Kansas average:

6.43%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.69% relocated from other counties in Kansas ($29,075 average AGI)
1.83% relocated from other states ($8,205 average AGI)
Morris County:

1.83%
Kansas average:

3.18%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Geary County, KS  0.80% ($37,722 average AGI)
from Riley County, KS  0.67% ($29,400)
from Lyon County, KS  0.49% ($44,000)


7.31% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($30,976 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.31%
Kansas average:

6.89%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.92% relocated to other counties in Kansas ($20,042 average AGI)
2.39% relocated to other states ($10,933 average AGI)
Morris County:

2.39%
Kansas average:

3.65%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Riley County, KS  0.89% ($25,550 average AGI)
to Geary County, KS  0.58% ($22,385)
to Lyon County, KS  0.44% ($31,700)
to Shawnee County, KS  0.44% ($46,100)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.8
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.5

Births per 1000 population in Morris County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 13.0

Deaths per 1000 population in Morris County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 8.4

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Morris County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,278 (1,165 aged, 113 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 12%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 10%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 16.73
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 9636.940
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 468.460
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 39116.61

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1206.810
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1173.750
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 33.06

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 32.42
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 66.13

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 16.53

Household type by relationship:

Households: 5,857

Size of family households: 980 2-persons, 333 3-persons, 244 4-persons, 112 5-persons, 42 6-persons, 24 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 732 1-person, 72 2-persons, 12 3-persons, 1 4-persons, 2 5-persons.

1,214 married couples with children.
252 single-parent households (58 men, 194 women).

96.5% of residents of Morris County speak English at home.
1.8% of residents speak Spanish at home (65% speak English very well, 14% speak English well, 21% speak English not well).
1.6% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (81% speak English very well, 19% speak English well).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $43,241,000 ($7235 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $4,107,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $20,218,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $8,997,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $4,712,000
Federal grants: $4,954,000
Federal procurement contracts: $2,274,000 ($1,860,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $2,087,000 ($354,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $180,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $997,000
Federal Government insurance: $8,294,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 309
Here:

51 per 1000 residents
State:

75 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 423
Here:

70 per 1000 residents
State:

47 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +25
Here:

+4 per 1000 residents
State:

+14 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +44
Here +7 per 1000 residents
State -21 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Morris County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 3.59 millions of gallons per day (2% from ground, 98% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.1
State:

6.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.9
State:

4.2

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 21
  • 2000 to 2004: 257
  • 1990 to 1999: 257
  • 1980 to 1989: 241
  • 1970 to 1979: 397
  • 1960 to 1969: 310
  • 1950 to 1959: 288
  • 1940 to 1949: 241
  • 1939 or earlier: 1,161
Rooms in houses/apartments in Morris County, Kansas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 12
  • 3 rooms: 48
  • 4 rooms: 207
  • 5 rooms: 478
  • 6 rooms: 443
  • 7 rooms: 386
  • 8 rooms: 199
  • 9+ rooms: 213
  • 1 room: 6
  • 2 rooms: 16
  • 3 rooms: 78
  • 4 rooms: 126
  • 5 rooms: 129
  • 6 rooms: 76
  • 7 rooms: 59
  • 8 rooms: 16
  • 9+ rooms: 47
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Morris County, Kansas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 2
  • 1 bedroom: 44
  • 2 bedrooms: 634
  • 3 bedrooms: 835
  • 4 bedrooms: 354
  • 5+ bedrooms: 117
  • no bedroom: 14
  • 1 bedroom: 102
  • 2 bedrooms: 209
  • 3 bedrooms: 152
  • 4 bedrooms: 58
  • 5+ bedrooms: 18
Cars and other vehicles available in Morris County, Kansas in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 62
  • 1 vehicle: 461
  • 2 vehicles: 880
  • 3 vehicles: 406
  • 4 vehicles: 119
  • 5+ vehicles: 58
  • no vehicle: 54
  • 1 vehicle: 280
  • 2 vehicles: 141
  • 3 vehicles: 63
  • 4 vehicles: 13
  • 5+ vehicles: 2

62% of Morris County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 53% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 67% lived in Kansas.

Morris County:

61.9%
State average:

53.5%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $20,000


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Morris County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (55.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (30.4%)
  • Electricity (8.4%)
  • Wood (5.0%)
  • Utility gas (55.7%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (24.1%)
  • Electricity (19.5%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.7%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 27
Here:

3.6%
Kansas:

11.1%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 3
Here:

0.8%
Kansas:

7.9%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 3
Here:

2.6%
Kansas:

13.8%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Morris County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Current Operations - General - Other: $278,000
    Police Protection: $232,000
    Financial Administration: $190,000
    General Public Buildings: $179,000
    Central Staff Services: $151,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $147,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $100,000
    Fire Protection: $96,000
    Health Services - Other: $94,000
    Other Hospitals: $83,000
    Parks & Recreation: $23,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $80,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - General: $173,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $458,000
    Financial Administration: $2,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $758,000

Morris County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - All Other: $51,000
    Parks & Recreation: $14,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $126,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $116,000
  • State Intergovernmental - General Support: $40,000
  • Tax - Property: $1,172,000
    Total General Sales: $449,000
    NEC: $39,000
    Other Selective Sales: $1,000

Morris County government finances - Debt in 2002:

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $1,235,000
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $1,070,000
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $165,000

Morris County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $1,015,000
  • Sinking Fund - Cash & Deposits: $39,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Morris County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Morris County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Morris County, KS among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John5579.8 years
Mary5484.0 years
James4775.7 years
William4079.6 years
Charles3776.4 years
George3681.6 years
Robert3073.4 years
Clarence2779.9 years
Earl2276.4 years
Harry2180.4 years
Most common last names in Morris County, KS among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson3182.5 years
Anderson2282.9 years
Davis1974.7 years
Smith1880.7 years
Peterson1581.3 years
Lee1475.2 years
Carson1482.9 years
Williams1479.5 years
Burton1372.8 years
Swenson1279.7 years
Businesses in Morris County, KS
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1Pizza Hut1
Dairy Queen1SONIC Drive-In1
FedEx1Subway1
H&R Block1U-Haul1