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Mount Morris is a village in Mount Morris Townshipmarker, Ogle Countymarker, Illinoismarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 3,013 at the 2000 census.

Geography

Mount Morris is located at (42.047614, -89.433972).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.0 km²), all of it land.

History

Mt. Morris is home of the Illinois Freedom Bellmarker, which is located in the town square. The area that is now the town square used to be the campus of one of Illinois' first institutes of higher learning, Mount Morris College. It was first a Methodist school and was later affiliated with the Church of the Brethren. The college closed after numerous fires, including one fire that leveled the boys' dormitory. Fires have played a major role in village history. The village's old junior high school, while undergoing demolition, caught fire and burned right before the school district merged with the Oregon School District in 1993. (The first graduating class of the newly combined Oregon School District was class of 1994.) In addition, several shops on Wesley Avenue, the main street, were lost to a fire on December 5, 1999. On February 12, 2004, the Rahn Elementary School was lost to fire when a janitor attempted to thaw out a downspout with an industrial tile heat gun.

Recreation

Parks include Dillehay Park, Mounder Park, and Zickuhr Park. Dillehay Park is located in the southeast portion of the village. Zickuhr Park is located in the western part of town, and has one softball diamond, basketball courts, and an array of playground equipment. Mounder Park houses a skating park, a pavilion, and the playground equipment that was donated by the school after the Rahn fire.

Demographics

of the census of 2000, there were 3,013 people, 1,259 households, and 810 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,585.1 people per square mile (994.3/km²). There were 1,337 housing units at an average density of 1,147.1/sq mi (441.2/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.15% White, 0.17% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 1.00% from other races, and 0.93% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.75% of the population.

There were 1,259 households out of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.8% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.6% were non-families. 32.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the village the population was spread out with 23.8% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 22.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 90.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.0 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $41,333, and the median income for a family was $51,019. Males had a median income of $39,323 versus $20,840 for females. The per capita income for the village was $20,326. About 6.0% of families and 6.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.2% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.

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