Morton is a village in Tazewell County, Illinois, United States. The population was 16,267 at the 2010 census. Morton is located southeast of Peoria. The community holds an annual Morton Pumpkin Festival in the second week of September, and claims that 85 percent of the world’s canned pumpkin is produced in Morton, earning it the designation “Pumpkin Capital of the World”.Family Circle magazine ranked Morton as one of its “10 best towns for families” in 2013. According to the 2010 census, Morton has a total area of 12.994 square miles (33.65 km2), of which 12.95 square miles (33.54 km2) (or 99.66%) is land and 0.044 square miles (0.11 km2) (or 0.34%) is water.
Morton is the home of a Caterpillar Inc. distribution facility and a Libby’s pumpkin cannery. Morton is also home to the corporate headquarters of Morton Buildings Inc. Morton’s economy has been shaped by its proximity to both east/west and north/south interstates (I-74, I-474, I-155, I-55), central location between Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis, the presence of Caterpillar’s logistics center, proximity to Caterpillar’s corporate headquarters in Peoria, and the surrounding fertile farmland. Morton is a net importer of workforce due to the high concentration of major employers and has an unemployment rate (approximately 4%) below the regional, state and national averages. Major industry clusters include advanced manufacturing and logistics/distribution.
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