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Morton County, Kansas (KS)


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County population in 2012: 3,169 (all rural); it was 3,496 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 461
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 404
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 935
Renter-occupied apartments: 385 (it was 371 in 2000)
% of renters here:

28%
State:

32%

Land area: 730 sq. mi.
Water area: 0.0 sq. mi.
Population density: 4 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Morton County: 81.2 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (26.3%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (22.7%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 56%
  • Government: 36%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 8%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Morton County, Kansas:


Median resident age:  38.0 years
Kansas median age:  36.0 years

Males: 1,572  (52.5%)
Females: 1,661  (47.5%)

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Average household size:
Morton County:

2.0 people
Kansas:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $43,824 ($37,232 in 1999)
This county:

$43824
Kansas:

$47817

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $416 (lower quartile is $357, upper quartile is $465)
This county:

$416
State:

$515


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $63,332 (it was $63,100 in 2000)
Morton County:

$63,332
Kansas:

$125,500
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $49,282 - $100,664

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $141,904
Here:

$141,904
State:

$156,894

Mobile homes: $60,553
Here:

$60,553
State:

$34,057

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $48,922
Here:

$48,922
State:

$58,726
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,143
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $341

Institutionalized population: 83

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):


Morton County, KS map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)


Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $882 (1.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $789 (1.3%)


Morton County household income distribution in 2009 Morton County home values distribution


Morton County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 8.1%
(8.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 35.0% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for other race residents, 28.6% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 38 years old
(Males: 38 years old, Females: 39 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 40 years old, Black residents: 22 years old, American Indian residents: 25 years old, Asian residents: 38 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 23 years old, Other race residents: 25 years old)

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

10.5%
Whole state:

9.9%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

3.5%
Whole state:

4.1%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Morton County is $433 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $527 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $641 a month.

Cities in this county include: Elkhart, Rolla, Richfield.

Morton County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential
Local government website: www.mtcoks.com

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Morton County: Rolla Wastewater Plant (A), Elkhart Wastewater Plant (B), Glen Randle Memorial Arena (C), Dermot Hall (D), George Alwood Recreation Area (E), Elkhart Forest Service Station (F), Morton County Pumping Station (G), Cimarron River Campground (H), Clinesmith (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Prairie Flower Cemetery (1), Rolla Cemetery (2), Richfield Cemetery (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes: Mallard Ponds (A), Wilburton Pond (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Morton County include: Morton Wildlife Area (1), Cimarron River Picnic Ground (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Baca County, Colorado , Cimarron County, Oklahoma , Texas County, Oklahoma , Stanton County , Stevens County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 108
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 81.9%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 17.6%

Number of foreign born residents: 331 (31% naturalized citizens)

Morton County:

9.5%
Whole state:

5.0%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 13.7 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 84.5%

Morton County marital status for males
Morton County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Morton County with a mortgage: 354 (23 second mortgage, 21 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 308

Here:

53.5% with mortgage
State:

65.7% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 63.36%
Here63.4%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 2,215
Total congregations: 17

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameUnited Methodist ChurchCatholic ChurchSouthern Baptist ConventionChurch of the NazareneAmerican Baptist Churches in the USA
Adherents514 (23.2%)382 (17.2%)345 (15.6%)218 (9.8%)147 (6.6%)
Congregations3 (17.6%)1 (5.9%)1 (5.9%)2 (11.8%)1 (5.9%)
NameChurch of God (Anderson, Indiana)Christian Churches and Churches of ChristLDS (Mormon) ChurchLutheran ChurchOther
Adherents138 (6.2%)129 (5.8%)105 (4.7%)76 (3.4%)161 (7.3%)
Congregations1 (5.9%)1 (5.9%)1 (5.9%)1 (5.9%)5 (29.4%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Morton County - Elkhart, Rolla, Richfield

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 1
This county:

3.31 / 10,000 pop.
Kansas:

1.96 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Morton County:

6.61 / 10,000 pop.
Kansas:

0.51 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 1
This county:

3.31 / 10,000 pop.
Kansas:

3.84 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 2
Morton County:

6.61 / 10,000 pop.
Kansas:

7.33 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

8.6%
Kansas:

8.1%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

28.2%
Kansas:

27.9%



Agriculture in Morton County:

Average size of farms: 1141 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $133,732
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $140.13
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.00%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 68.75%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $138,203
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 26.14%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $117,263
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 82.52%
Average age of principal farm operators: 59 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 4.15
Corn for grain: 13788 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 43046 harvested acres
Upland cotton: 804 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Morton County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is below Kansas state average. It is 1.3 times above overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused one fatality and 2 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 6/23/1951, a tornado killed one person and caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Morton County-area historical earthquake activity is below Kansas state average. It is 98% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 2/15/1974 at 13:33:49, a magnitude 4.6 (4.5 MB, 4.6 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 74.3 miles away from the county center
On 6/19/2002 at 12:14:20, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 78.8 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 Morton County (3) is a lot smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 1
Emergencies Declared: 2

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (27%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (14%)
  • Construction (8%)
  • Educational services (5%)
  • Health care (4%)
  • Utilities (4%)
  • Truck transportation (4%)
  • Health care (24%)
  • Educational services (19%)
  • Public administration (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (4%)
  • Social assistance (4%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Farmers and farm managers (12%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (12%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (8%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5%)
  • Top executives (4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (8%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (6%)
  • Registered nurses (5%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (5%)

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




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





Morton County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 1,242 (78%)
  • Carpooled: 219 (14%)
  • Ferryboat: 4 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 2 (0%)
  • Walked: 60 (4%)
  • Other means: 13 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 54 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


52 people in nursing homes
5 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
74 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
9 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities

Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $51,645.

7.30% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($39,621 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.30%
Kansas average:

7.39%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.10% relocated from other counties in Kansas ($15,356 average AGI)
4.19% relocated from other states ($24,264 average AGI)
Morton County:

4.19%
Kansas average:

3.56%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Seward County, KS  0.84% ($26,900 average AGI)


9.05% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($33,845 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.05%
Kansas average:

7.67%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.28% relocated to other counties in Kansas ($12,327 average AGI)
4.77% relocated to other states ($21,518 average AGI)
Morton County:

4.77%
Kansas average:

3.95%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 14.9
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 17.0

Births per 1000 population in Morton County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 8.9
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.4

Deaths per 1000 population in Morton County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 1.8
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 0.0

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Morton County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 542 (496 aged, 46 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 16%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 12%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 30.59
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 38666.26
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 3670.850
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 61180.79

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1877.350
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1689.610
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 62.58

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 58.14
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 62.58

Household type by relationship:

Households: 3,150

Size of family households: 403 2-persons, 177 3-persons, 144 4-persons, 93 5-persons, 29 6-persons, 21 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 338 1-person, 38 2-persons, 6 3-persons, 1 4-persons.

85.4% of residents of Morton County speak English at home.
11.4% of residents speak Spanish at home (56% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 21% speak English not well, 6% don't speak English at all).
1.9% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (47% speak English very well, 11% speak English well, 32% speak English not well, 10% don't speak English at all).
1.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (72% speak English very well, 28% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $26,025,000 ($7961 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $238,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $8,115,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $4,838,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $9,856,000
Federal grants: $2,158,000
Federal procurement contracts: $116,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $942,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $679,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $697,000
Federal Government insurance: $14,500,000

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

Births: 261
Here:

82 per 1000 residents
State:

75 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 153
Here:

48 per 1000 residents
State:

47 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +114
Here:

+36 per 1000 residents
State:

+14 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -514
Here -161 per 1000 residents
State -21 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Morton County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.87 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.1
State:

6.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.8
State:

4.2

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Morton County, Kansas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 18
  • 3 rooms: 51
  • 4 rooms: 92
  • 5 rooms: 225
  • 6 rooms: 131
  • 7 rooms: 167
  • 8 rooms: 111
  • 9+ rooms: 140
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 11
  • 3 rooms: 40
  • 4 rooms: 104
  • 5 rooms: 93
  • 6 rooms: 43
  • 7 rooms: 30
  • 8 rooms: 24
  • 9+ rooms: 26
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Morton County, Kansas
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 49
  • 2 bedrooms: 190
  • 3 bedrooms: 477
  • 4 bedrooms: 133
  • 5+ bedrooms: 86
  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 42
  • 2 bedrooms: 169
  • 3 bedrooms: 104
  • 4 bedrooms: 39
  • 5+ bedrooms: 17
Cars and other vehicles available in Morton County, Kansas in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 16
  • 1 vehicle: 210
  • 2 vehicles: 404
  • 3 vehicles: 203
  • 4 vehicles: 62
  • 5+ vehicles: 40
  • no vehicle: 10
  • 1 vehicle: 183
  • 2 vehicles: 134
  • 3 vehicles: 39
  • 4 vehicles: 5
  • 5+ vehicles: 0

61% of Morton County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 52% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 38% lived in Kansas.

Morton County:

61.1%
State average:

53.5%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $41,700


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 2%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 2%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Morton County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (81.0%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (13.5%)
  • Electricity (4.6%)
  • Other fuel (1.0%)
  • Utility gas (87.9%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (8.4%)
  • Electricity (3.8%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 16
Here:

3.5%
Kansas:

11.1%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 4
Here:

1.4%
Kansas:

7.9%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 7
Here:

8.6%
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 (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue

Morton County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Morton County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Morton County government finances - Debt in 2002:


Morton County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Morton County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Morton County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Morton County, KS among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John2577.1 years
James1676.8 years
William1680.9 years
Mary1582.9 years
George1579.3 years
Earl1475.9 years
Helen1478.9 years
Robert1168.1 years
Charles1080.4 years
Margaret882.7 years
Most common last names in Morton County, KS among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Williams1379.3 years
Moore1080.7 years
Coen1077.7 years
Smith978.6 years
Jones980.8 years
Lewis982.8 years
Riley982.8 years
Milburn881.0 years
Stout884.9 years
Turner785.5 years

Businesses in Morton County, KS


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