January 7, 2018

Murray, Utah

Life in Murray, Utah, explained by people who’ve lived in Murray:

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Murray Favorites

What’s your favorite thing about living in Murray?

  • Mountains. (Anonymous, 20 years)
  • Small town, it’s where I grew up. (Sharon, 21 years)
  • Proximity to everything. Tight knit community. (Karen, 22 years)
  • Close community, good schools. (Emily, 28 years)
  • Nice people, it’s central to everything. (Susan, 29 years)
  • Location in the valley. (Tom, 30 years)
  • Murray water. (Debbie, 35 years)
  • The sense of community and neighbors and being a friendly hometown! (Gamal, 35 years)
  • Central location, easy access to two freeways, malls and stores nearby. Progressive government encourages new development. (Julie, 48 years)
  • Friendliness and small town feeling and good quality schools. (Sherry, 55 years)
  • Schools. (Linda, 61 years)

Murray Least Favorites

What’s your least favorite thing about living in Murray?

  • Bad neighbors. (Anonymous, 20 years)
  • Tearing down old buildings, lack of events for the 24th. (Sharon, 21 years)
  • Tight knit communities tend to know everything about everyone. (Karen, 22 years)
  • MHS got at F on their last rating, and too many people are moving in from out of state. (Emily, 28 years)
  • Losing our heritage buildings. (Susan, 29 years)
  • Housing costs. (Tom, 30 years)
  • There is nothing bad about Murray. (Debbie, 35 years)
  • I can’t think of anything. (Julie, 48 years)
  • The rise in crime and so many high density and low income housing being built. (Sherry, 55 years)
  • Taxes. (Linda, 61 years)

Murray Things To Do

What are fun things to do in Murray?

  • Swimming. (Anonymous, 20 years)
  • The park. (Sharon, 21 years)
  • Fashion Place, Murray Park. (Karen, 22 years)
  • Murray Rec Center! (Emily, 28 years)
  • Swim, bike, walk, dance, baseball, kick ball, pickle ball, live theater. (Susan, 29 years)
  • Eat and hit the park. That is about all there is. (Tom, 30 years)
  • The park, the pool, tubing in the river, Murray Arts and the amphitheater, ice skating, Desert Star Playhouse, the peace gardens, farmers market. (Debbie, 35 years)
  • Visit parks, the library, Desert Star, Arts in the Park, etc. (Gamal, 35 years)
  • Murray Park, shopping, dining. (Julie, 48 years)
  • Murray park, 4th of July activities, walking the Jordan River trails and Wheeler Farm areas, golfing, shopping. (Sherry, 55 years)
  • Ice-skate, Murray Park, sports activities. (Linda, 61 years)

Murray’s Reputation

What’s Murray known for?

  • Small businesses. (Anonymous, 20 years)
  • It used to be the smokestacks. I would say the mall and IMC. (Karen, 22 years)
  • Smoke stacksĀ šŸ˜‚. (Emily, 28 years)
  • Good, clean family community, good parks, great shopping, car buying. (Susan, 29 years)
  • To me, the smelter stacks. (Tom, 30 years)
  • It is still small town, USA. (Debbie, 35 years)
  • Friendly community, working together, and supporting and helping each other! (Gamal, 35 years)
  • Fashion Place Mall, Murray Park and the old smoke stacks. (Julie, 48 years)
  • Good quality schools, it’s close to everything in Salt Lake Valley, friendly residents. (Sherry, 55 years)
  • Schools and the sense of community. (Linda, 61 years)

Murray Crime

What’s the crime like in Murray? (hot spot areas, etc.)

  • Below average. (Anonymous, 20 years)
  • Apartments have car break-ins. (Sharon, 21 years)
  • Not much crime. (Karen, 22 years)
  • Low serious crime rate, high pretty crime rate- like car break-ins. (Emily, 28 years)
  • Murray’s a low crime area. (Susan, 29 years)
  • Crime in Murray? (Tom, 30 years)
  • Very little crime. (Debbie, 35 years)
  • Fireclay area seems to the crime hotspot!!! (Gamal, 35 years)
  • Lots of home break-ins and car break-ins happen in our neighborhood. (Julie, 48 years)
  • Unfortunately thefts are on the riseā€”home burglaries, car break ins and theft. I’m not sure about hot spot areas, but the increase in low income housing and rise in crime seem to coincide. (Sherry, 55 years)
  • Unfortunately it’s getting bad. (Linda, 61 years)

Murray Advice

Any advice for people moving to Murray?

  • Know your area. (Anonymous, 20 years)
  • Look for the neighborhood type you want – you will find it here. (Susan, 29 years)
  • Good luck finding a place to live. (Tom, 30 years)
  • Get involved locally. (Debbie, 35 years)
  • Avoid the Fireclay area! (Gamal, 35 years)
  • Enjoy it! (Julie, 48 years)
  • Be friendly to your neighbors. (Linda, 61 years)

Murray Stories

Share an experience you’ve had in Murray (fun, crazy, dangerous, etc.).

  • The haunted woods at Halloween time. (Emily, 28 years)
  • Watching the 4th of July Parade, gathering up the candy. (Susan, 29 years)
  • I went to Murray High, so that was memorable. (Tom, 30 years)
  • I have many memories – my entire life actually. I live in Sugar House now, but my parents still live in my Murray childhood home, so there are still memories being made. (Debbie, 35 years)
  • Fourth of July (Fun Days) in Murray is always amazing! (Gamal, 35 years)
  • I remember Fashion Place Mall opening and it was a huge deal! I was in sixth grade and my friends and I thought we’d died and gone to heaven! Also, Murray Park was a great weekend hangout for teens with people from all over the valley driving through there and meeting people, partying, etc. (Julie, 48 years)
  • As children, we used to tube down Cottonwood Creek from 5900 south to Murray Park. When freeway was being built, my friend and I would ride our horses all along the dirt. Seemed like we could go forever without seeing any cars. (Sherry, 55 years)
  • July 4th parade on State Street. (Linda, 61 years)

Murray’s Future

How do you think Murray will change over the next 10 years?

  • Murray won’t change much. (Anonymous, 20 years)
  • I hope not too much. (Sharon, 21 years)
  • Bigger businesses coming in and growth in under developed areas. (Emily, 28 years)
  • More development by Jordan River, the new Murray City offices. (Susan, 29 years)
  • More high density housing I fear. (Tom, 30 years)
  • A lot of change. Don’t tear down all of the old and bring in new. Retain at least some of the old charm. And no more car dealerships! (Debbie, 35 years)
  • New downtown area! (Gamal, 35 years)
  • Home prices seem to be going through the roof! More expensive. (Julie, 48 years)
  • If they keep adding high density apartments it will become over crowded and lose the small town feeling. (Sherry, 55 years)
  • Less new housing. (Linda, 61 years)

Murray Facts

Any other interesting facts about Murray?

  • There’s world class hospital right in our midst, Murray’s close to the transportation hub of the Salt Lake Valley. (Susan, 29 years)
  • The cemetery is full. (Tom, 30 years)
  • Many of us residents were born and raised in Murray and have chosen to return to live here. Personally I am a 4th generation Murrayite and have a granddaughter and great-granddaughter who have also chosen to live in Murray! (Sherry, 55 years)
  • Where Fashion Place Mall is used to be a huge field that Cottonwood Creek ran through. It was a child’s playground with being able to catch pollywogs in the creek, build tree forts, ride motor scooters from 3rd east to State Street on the dirt paths. It was also a hub for polygamous families with their cows. There was also an underground house off of 3rd east about 6260 south that was completely built underground with a grass roof. (Linda, 61 years)