Why Morton, Ilinois?



  • Central Location:  Morton is located 10 miles east of Peoria and 25 miles west of Bloomington-Normal, two growing, metro areas. The community is also strategically placed 3 hours or less from several cities including Chicago, Illinois and Saint Louis, Missouri.
  • Two Interstates Meet Here:  Morton lies at the crossroads of Interstate 74 and Interstate 155, two heavily traveled Interstates with access across the nation. Both of these interstates connect to Interstate 55 and Interstate 39 less than 25 miles from Morton.  We are also home to several large logistics companies including CAT Logistics, G&D Integrated, Fort Transport, CRST, Central Truck, Inc. and Air-Land Transport Service.
  • Rail & River Access:  Morton employers have the option to utilize rail and river transportation to reduce their costs. Norfolk & Western Railroad and the Toledo, Peoria & Western Railroad provide railway service to our community and several barge terminals are available along the Illinois River, just 10 miles away.
  • Regional and International Airports:  Morton has three airports located within a 45 mile radius of the community including the Peoria International Airport (20 miles), Central Illinois International Airport in Bloomington-Normal (30 miles), and the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Springfield (45 miles). The community is also 3 hours or less from the Chicago O-Hare International Airport, the Lambert-Saint Louis International Airport, and the Indianapolis International Airport.
  • High Traffic Counts:  Morton has the second highest traffic counts in the Peoria-Pekin MSA Area with over 54,000 cars per day traveling on Interstate 74. Interstate 155 has over 22,000 cars per day.
  • Low Gas Rates:  Morton owns their own gas company, an advantage that saves our local companies up to 7% on their gas rates each year.
  • Low Tax Rates:  Morton advantage to our residents and employers with low property and sales tax rates of property tax at 7.11 and our sales tax is 6.75% for essential food, medical and vehicle purchases and 7% for other goods in our Business District territory. 
  • Access to Your Workforce:  Morton’s employers have been successful at attracting a skilled workforce to the community from throughout Central Illinois, a metro area that exceeds 350,000 people.  The number of Primary Jobs located in Morton has increased by 24% from 2002-2008 compared to the MSA which has grown 7.2% in the same time period and only 2.3% in the State of Illinois.  Both age distribution and distribution of earnings paid is consistent with that of the Peoria MSA and the State of Illinois.
  • Proximity to Growing Markets:  Morton has over 1 million people located within a 60 mile radius of the community…and that number keeps growing.
  • Available, Shovel-Ready Land:  Morton offers several light industrial sectors, office parks, and retail districts that are ready for construction. Infrastructure is in place, providing shovel-ready sites that can save you time and money!
  • Best Schools in the Region:  Morton District 709 is recognized for “excellence in education” and continues to be nationally ranked and recognized for its successes.  Read the District's 2016/2017 Annual Report here.   



The Morton Economic Development Council exists to positively shape the future of Morton. 

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