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Overview of Murray, Utah, United States

Murray is located in Salt Lake County and is part of the Salt Lake City, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city experienced a significant growth and population boom from 2000-2004. The estimated population in 2000 was 34,024. Four years later the population has increased to 46,558.

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  • Population: 46,558
  • Population Density: 3,542.3/mi²
  • Area: 9.6/mi²
  • Latitude: 40.652397
  • Longitude: -111.893229
  • Weather: See Forecast
  • Elevation: 4,301 ft
  • Time Zone: Mountain Standard Time Zone
  • Language: English
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History of Murray, Utah

In 1847, Mormon settlers began to inhabit the Salt Lake Valley. The next year, a group of Mississippi Saints made the south end of the valley their home. This region had a variety of names such as: Mississippi Ward, Cottonwood, Big Cottonwood, and South Cottonwood. From 1847-1869 this area relied heavily on agriculture. In 1869, the discovery of ore in Park City and Little Cottonwood Canyon changed the area's industry. In 1870, Murray became home to the first smelter as it was the central location of the ore discovery and it had easy railway access. From 1870-1900, Murray was home to the area's largest smelters. Also in 1870, Murray became home to the first official post office. Although the post office was originally called South Cottonwood Post Office, it later changed its name to Murray Post Office. This name change occurred in 1883 and the city decided to adopt that name as well. The city and the post office were named after the civil war general, Eli Murray, who served as Utah's territorial governor from 1880-1886. It wasn't until January 3, 1903 that Murray was officially recognized as a Third Class City by the State of Utah.

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Murray's Demographics

As of 2000, it was determined that the City of Murray held about 34,024 people, 12,673 households, and 8,719 families. The racial demographics of the city was 91.56% White, 0.99% African-American, 0.63% Native American, 1.83% Asian, 0.33% Pacific Islander, 2.77% from other races, and 1.89% from two or more races. 7.49% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race. The median income for a household then was $45,569, and the median income for a family was $51,482. The city's per capita income then was $21,094.

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Murray's Climate

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Education in Murray, Utah

Schools from K-12 in the City of Murray fall under the leadership of the Murray School District. This school district contains 7 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and 2 high schools. However some of these schools are part of Granite School District.

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Transportation around Murray, Utah

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Tourism and Attractions of Murray

There are various sites of attraction within the City of Murray. These include: Outdoor Aquatic Center, Jordan River Parkway, Outdoor Ice Rink, The Park Center, and much more.

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Geography of Murray, Utah

The city has a total area of 9.6 square miles, all of it being land.

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Murray's Government

The municipal government of Murray consists of a mayor and the City Council. The current mayor of Murray is Dan Snarr. There are 5 city council members who each serve a four year term. The mayor and his council members carry out the day-to-day operations of the city.

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Murray's Economy and Industry

The City of Murray has a vision and mission for the economic development in the city. The city's vision is to become a place where economic prosperity, quality housing and employment opportunities is available for all. The mission of the city is to bring all the resources together in order to fulfill the city's vision.

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Murray's Culture and Significant Events

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Sports in Murray, Utah

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Media of Murray

Murray is served by various media outlets. Since Murray is a city in Salt Lake County, the following newspapers serve Salt Lake County residents: The Salt Lake Tribune, Magna Times and Deseret News. In addition, KJQS 1230 AM (ESPN Radio) is the city's sports radio station.

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