Morton, Texas

Morton, Texas

According to, Morton, Texas is a small town located in the northeast corner of the state. It is nestled in the rolling hills of the Hill Country and is known for its beautiful views and laid-back atmosphere. The city has a temperate climate with hot summers and mild winters, making it an ideal place to raise a family or retire.

The city has a rich history that dates back to its founding in 1883 when it was originally called Mortonville. In 1895, the name was changed to Morton after its founder, John Morton. Since then, the city has grown steadily and today boasts a population of over 2,000 people.

Politically speaking, Morton is a blue-leaning town that tends to vote Democratic in most elections. However, there are still some Republicans who call this small town home. The economy of Morton is largely based on agriculture with some light industry as well as tourism from nearby cities like San Antonio and Austin.

Morton’s school system consists of two elementary schools and one high school. The schools are well-funded and highly rated by both parents and students alike. There are also several private schools located within the city limits for those who prefer a different educational experience for their children.

As far as landmarks go, there are several historic sites around Morton including the old courthouse square which features an antique clock tower from 1884 as well as numerous other buildings from different eras throughout the years such as Victorian homes and general stores from early settlers’ times. Additionally, there are several museums within city limits such as the Old Jail Museum which houses artifacts from local law enforcement agencies past and present along with other interesting items related to local history.

Population: 2,249. Estimated population in July 2020: 1,962 (-12.8% change)
Males: 1,088 (48.4%), Females: 1,161 (51.6%)

Zip code: 79346

Median resident age: 33.8 years
Median household income: $25,809
Median house value: $22,600

Races in Morton:

  • Hispanic (53.8%)
  • White Non-Hispanic (39.2%)
  • Other race (35.2%)
  • Black (6.0%)
  • Two or more races (2.4%)
  • American Indian (0.8%)

(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)

Ancestries: United States (8.9%), German (8.2%), Irish (3.7%), English (3.0%), Scotch-Irish (1.6%).

Land area: 1.4 square miles

Morton, Texas


Morton, Texas is a small rural town located in Cochran County. According to the 2010 census, Morton has a population of 1,079 people. The median age is 33 years old, with 50.8% of the population being male and 49.2% being female. The racial makeup of Morton is 91.3% White, 0.4% African American, 0.4% Native American, 3.6% Hispanic or Latino, and 4.3% other races or combinations of races. The median household income in Morton is $38,125 with 11% of the population living below the poverty line.

The education system in Morton consists of two schools; a high school and an elementary school that both serve grades K-12. Both schools are part of the Cochran County Independent School District and are accredited by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). The high school offers a variety of courses from core classes such as English and mathematics to electives like art and music classes for students to explore their individual interests and talents in an academic setting. The elementary school focuses on providing students with basic educational skills such as reading, writing and arithmetic while also offering specialized classes such as foreign language instruction for those interested in learning about other cultures or languages outside their own native tongue.

For population 25 years and over in Morton

  • High school or higher: 55.3%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 7.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.2%
  • Unemployed: 14.3%
  • Mean travel time to work: 18.6 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Morton city

  • Never married: 20.7%
  • Now married: 62.9%
  • Separated: 2.7%
  • Widowed: 8.5%
  • Divorced: 5.2%

11.8% Foreign born (11.6% Latin America).

Population change in the 1990s: -387 (-14.7%).


Hospital/medical center in Morton:


Other hospitals/medical centers near Morton:

  • MULESHOE AREA MED CTR (about 34 miles; MULESHOE, TX)


Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Morton:

  • CANNON AFB (about 59 miles; CLOVIS, NM; Abbreviation: CVS)
  • LUBBOCK INTL (about 66 miles; LUBBOCK, TX; Abbreviation: LBB)
  • LEA COUNTY RGNL (about 79 miles; HOBBS, NM; Abbreviation: HOB)

Other public-use airports nearest to Morton:

  • COCHRAN COUNTY (about 2 miles; MORTON, TX; Abbreviation: F85)
  • LITTLEFIELD MUNICIPAL (about 30 miles; LITTLEFIELD, TX; Abbreviation: Q00)
  • LEVELLAND MUNI (about 31 miles; LEVELLAND, TX; Abbreviation: Q24)

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Morton:

  • SOUTH PLAINS COLLEGE (about 25 miles; LEVELLAND, TX; Full-time enrollment: 3,851)
  • EASTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY-MAIN CAMPUS (about 51 miles; PORTALES, NM; Full-time enrollment: 2,955)
  • TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY (about 66 miles; LUBBOCK, TX; Full-time enrollment: 22,439)
  • WAYLAND BAPTIST UNIVERSITY (about 79 miles; PLAINVIEW, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,578)
  • WEST TEXAS A & M UNIVERSITY (about 105 miles; CANYON, TX; Full-time enrollment: 5,476)
  • AMARILLO COLLEGE (about 117 miles; AMARILLO, TX; Full-time enrollment: 4,876)
  • MIDLAND COLLEGE (about 126 miles; MIDLAND, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,800)


Public high schools in Morton:

  • MORTON H S (Students: 136; Location: 500 CHAMPION DR; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • P E P (Students: 10; Location: 500 CHAMPION DR; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • ANTON P E P (Students: 8; Location: 500 CHAMPION DR; Grades: 09 – 12)

Public primary/middle schools in Morton:

  • MORTON EL (Students: 278; Location: 500 CHAMPION DR; Grades: PK – 05)
  • MORTON J H (Students: 117; Location: 500 CHAMPION DR; Grades: 06 – 08)


Library in Morton:

  • COCHRAN COUNTY/LOVE MEMORIAL LIBRARY (Operating income: $45,938; Location: 318 S MAIN ST; 15,022 books; 125 audio materials; 55 video materials; 13 serial subscriptions)