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

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (89.7%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 25%
  • Government: 0%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 75%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Morton County, Kansas:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (76.3%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (19.3%)
  • Asian alone (1.9%)
  • Two or more races (1.3%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (0.8%)
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 2013: $46,280 ($37,232 in 1999)

This county:

$46280
Kansas:

$50972

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $343 (lower quartile is $318, upper quartile is $410)
This county:

$343
State:

$569


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $82,931 (it was $63,100 in 2000)
Morton:

$82,931
Kansas:

$129,700
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $50,722 - $128,394
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $955
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $435

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:

  • 2004: 0 buildings
  • 2005: 1 building, cost: $200,000
  • 2006: 5 buildings, average cost: $71,000
  • 2007: 1 building, cost: $200,000
  • 2008: 1 building, cost: $71,000
  • 2009: 1 building, cost: $200,000

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

2000 Presidential Elections Results

2004 Presidential Elections Results

2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results


Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,188 (1.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $1,101 (1.4%)

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 2013: 11.3%
(13.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 4.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 69.2% for American Indian residents, 6.9% for other race residents, 7.2% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 11.4%
Morton County:

11.4%
Kansas:

14.0%
(13.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 4.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 46.2% for American Indian residents, 6.6% for other race residents, 5.7% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 41 years old
(Males: 38 years old, Females: 42 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 43 years old, Black residents: 40 years old, American Indian residents: 44 years old, Asian residents: 45 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 20 years old, Other race residents: 21 years old)

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

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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 .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

4.4%
Kansas:

5.1%

Unemployment by year (%)

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

  • 1995 to March 2000: 149
  • 1990 to 1994: 55
  • 1985 to 1989: 22
  • 1980 to 1984: 45
  • 1975 to 1979: 20
  • 1970 to 1974: 27
  • 1970 to 1974: 5
  • 1965 to 1969: 8

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:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

65.7% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Morton County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant6439
Catholic4341
Mainline Protestant4123
Other1561
None1,588-
Morton 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: 1
Morton County:

3.31 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.96 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
This county:

6.61 / 10,000 pop.
Kansas:

0.51 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 1
Morton County:

3.31 / 10,000 pop.
Kansas:

3.84 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 2
This county:

6.61 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.33 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Morton County:

8.6%
Kansas:

8.1%

Adult obesity rate:
Morton County:

28.2%
State:

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 significantly below Kansas state average. It is 4819411.3 times below 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 significantly above Kansas state average. It is 11% 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 Morton County center
On 8/10/2005 at 22:08:22, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 165.3 miles away from the county center
On 6/16/1978 at 11:46:54, a magnitude 5.3 (4.4 MB, 4.6 UK, 5.3 ML) earthquake occurred 289.0 miles away from the county center
On 1/3/2007 at 14:34:38, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.4 MW, 4.4 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 171.6 miles away from the county center
On 9/5/2001 at 10:52:07, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 156.2 miles away from Morton County center
On 3/22/2004 at 12:09:56, a magnitude 4.4 (4.4 MB, 4.4 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 170.4 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

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

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

  • Mexico (74%)
  • Philippines (11%)
  • Canada (9%)
  • Guyana (5%)
  • France (1%)
  • Korea (1%)
  • Guatemala (1%)

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

  • United States or American (22%)
  • German (17%)
  • Irish (8%)
  • English (7%)
  • French (except Basque) (3%)
  • Dutch (2%)
  • Scotch-Irish (2%)

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 2010 was $56,621.

6.99% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($38,880 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.99%
Kansas average:

6.43%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
2.69% relocated from other counties in Kansas ($15,675 average AGI)
4.29% relocated from other states ($23,205 average AGI)
Morton County:

4.29%
Kansas average:

3.18%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries



8.83% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($45,495 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.83%
Kansas average:

6.89%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.55% relocated to other counties in Kansas ($18,393 average AGI)
5.28% relocated to other states ($27,103 average AGI)
Morton County:

5.28%
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 Stevens County, KS  0.83% ($52,200 average AGI)

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 from 2007 to 2013: 11.9

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 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.

850 married couples with children.
127 single-parent households (34 men, 93 women).

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

  • 2005 or later: 0
  • 2000 to 2004: 36
  • 1990 to 1999: 180
  • 1980 to 1989: 188
  • 1970 to 1979: 205
  • 1960 to 1969: 323
  • 1950 to 1959: 203
  • 1940 to 1949: 141
  • 1939 or earlier: 178
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 (Noninstitutionalized)

Morton County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Construction - Own Hospitals: $28,000
  • Current Operations - Own Hospitals: $9,222,000
    Regular Highways: $1,121,000
    General - Other: $1,087,000
    General Public Buildings: $440,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $269,000
    Health Services - Other: $241,000
    Libraries: $170,000
    Parks & Recreation: $165,000
    Financial Administration: $135,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $86,000
    Police Protection: $85,000
    Air Transportation: $54,000
    Central Staff Services: $40,000
    Solid Waste Management: $35,000
    Fire Protection: $27,000
    Corrections - Other: $3,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $4,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Higher Education: $31,000
    Natural Resources: $25,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Own Hospitals: $1,585,000
    General - Other: $134,000
    Air Transportation: $115,000
    Health - Other: $15,000
    Fire Protection: $3,000
    Natural Resource - Other: $2,000
    Police Protection: $1,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $7,608,000

Morton County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - Air Transportation: $7,000
  • Charges - Hospital Public: $11,873,000
    All Other: $304,000
    Parks & Recreation: $55,000
    Regular Highways: $13,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Health & Hospitals: $792,000
  • Miscellaneous - Property Sale Other: $496,000
    Interest Earnings: $296,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $292,000
    Rents: $23,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $232,000
    General Support: $183,000
    All Other: $58,000
    Health & Hospitals: $4,000
  • Tax - Property: $5,174,000
    NEC: $26,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $10,000

Morton County government finances - Debt in 2002:

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $75,000
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $75,000

Morton County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $6,608,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Morton County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
Count Vehicles DUI 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
NameCountNameCount
Ford1Subway1
MasterBrand Cabinets2True Value1