Murray, Utah

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Murray Favorites

What’s your favorite thing about living in Murray?

  • Community. Central in the valley. (Chelsey, 10 years)
  • The people and the small town feel. (Deleen, 11 years)
  • Mountains. (Anonymous, 20 years)
  • Central to everything. (Anonymous, 20 years)
  • Small town atmosphere. (Linda, 20 years)
  • Small town, it’s where I grew up. (Sharon, 21 years)
  • Proximity to everything. Tight knit community. (Karen, 22 years)
  • It’s the only thing I know, it’s my home. (Lachelle, 26 years)
  • Lots of kids my age back in the 80s. (Anonymous, 27 years)
  • Close community, good schools. (Emily, 28 years)
  • Nice people, it’s central to everything. (Susan, 29 years)
  • Friends, location in the valley. (LaRell, 29 years)
  • Location in the valley. (Tom, 30 years)
  • So central to everything in Salt Lake valley. (Rachel, 34 years)
  • Murray water. (Debbie, 35 years)
  • The sense of community and neighbors and being a friendly hometown! (Gamal, 35 years)
  • Small town feel. (Kevin, 46 years)
  • Central location, easy access to two freeways, malls and stores nearby. Progressive government encourages new development. (Julie, 48 years)
  • Schools. (Les, 49 years)
  • Schools. (Les, 53 years)
  • Friendliness and small town feeling and good quality schools. (Sherry, 55 years)
  • It’s kind of self contained. (Bryan, 55 years)
  • Central location. (Andrea, 55 years)
  • Schools. (Linda, 61 years)

Murray Least Favorites

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

  • Houses aren’t affordable for young single adults that want to live alone and own. (Chelsey, 10 years)
  • The pan handlers. (Deleen, 11 years)
  • Bad neighbors. (Anonymous, 20 years)
  • It is growing in population, too many memories are being taken away to clear spaces for major developments to replace them. (Linda, 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)
  • The police station doesn’t put up as big of a Christmas tree as they used to. (Lachelle, 26 years)
  • Mormons. (Anonymous, 27 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)
  • None, I loved Murray. (LaRell, 29 years)
  • Housing costs. (Tom, 30 years)
  • It’s congested. (Rachel, 34 years)
  • There is nothing bad about Murray. (Debbie, 35 years)
  • Business growth. (Kevin, 46 years)
  • I can’t think of anything. (Julie, 48 years)
  • Housing is getting too expensive. (Les, 49 years)
  • State street. (Les, 53 years)
  • The rise in crime and so many high density and low income housing being built. (Sherry, 55 years)
  • Growing population. (Bryan, 55 years)
  • Decaying downtown. (Andrea, 55 years)
  • Taxes. (Linda, 61 years)

Murray Things To Do

What are fun things to do in Murray?

  • Murray park, ice rink, sushi places, Costco, Deseret Star live theatre, and there is a small rock concert place on State street. (Chelsey, 10 years)
  • Shopping, eating out, golf. (Deleen, 11 years)
  • Swimming. (Anonymous, 20 years)
  • Recreation center. (Anonymous, 20 years)
  • Swimming and ice skating at the old pool in Murray Park. (Linda, 20 years)
  • The park. (Sharon, 21 years)
  • Fashion Place, Murray Park. (Karen, 22 years)
  • I have always liked the park with the ice skating rink and pool. (Lachelle, 26 years)
  • Skate at Fashion Place Mall. (Anonymous, 27 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)
  • Walking along Jordan Parkway, Recreation Center, and many more other things. (Rachel, 34 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)
  • Arts in the park/amphitheater. (Kevin, 46 years)
  • Murray Park, shopping, dining. (Julie, 48 years)
  • Going to the parks. (Les, 53 years)
  • Murray park, 4th of July activities, walking the Jordan River trails and Wheeler Farm areas, golfing, shopping. (Sherry, 55 years)
  • Walking by the rivers. (Bryan, 55 years)
  • Parks, trail system. (Lachelle, 55 years)
  • Ice-skate, Murray Park, sports activities. (Linda, 61 years)

Murray’s Reputation

What’s Murray known for?

  • People living here for a long time. If you grew up here, there’s a high chance you’ll want to keep living here or in the valley. People in my home ward move into each other’s houses when they want a change. And many people that grew up here end up moving back into my home ward. Good neighborhood (South Wood Park area). Also known as raising David Archuleta. (Chelsey, 10 years)
  • Good schools and great people. (Deleen, 11 years)
  • Small businesses. (Anonymous, 20 years)
  • Independent community. Good schools. (Anonymous, 20 years)
  • Tight knit community, 1 high school. (Linda, 20 years)
  • It used to be the smokestacks. I would say the mall and IMC. (Karen, 22 years)
  • Car dealerships, and the Murray theater that’s located by the hospital. (Lachelle, 26 years)
  • Hot chicks. (Anonymous, 27 years)
  • Smoke stacks 😂. (Emily, 28 years)
  • Good, clean family community, good parks, great shopping, car buying. (Susan, 29 years)
  • Good government, good schools. (LaRell, 29 years)
  • To me, the smelter stacks. (Tom, 30 years)
  • Nice people. Trees. (Rachel, 34 years)
  • It is still small town, USA. (Debbie, 35 years)
  • Friendly community, working together, and supporting and helping each other! (Gamal, 35 years)
  • Smelter Stacks. (Kevin, 46 years)
  • Fashion Place Mall, Murray Park and the old smoke stacks. (Julie, 48 years)
  • Small town atmosphere. (Les, 53 years)
  • Good quality schools, it’s close to everything in Salt Lake Valley, friendly residents. (Sherry, 55 years)
  • Smokestacks. (Bryan, 55 years)
  • Fashion Place mall-shopping. (Andrea, 55 years)
  • Schools and the sense of community. (Linda, 61 years)

Murray Crime

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

  • 4500 S. (Chelsey, 10 years)
  • Around the TRAX stops there is a lot of pan handling and homelessness. (Deleen, 11 years)
  • Below average. (Anonymous, 20 years)
  • Seems to be pretty low, more drugs than the average person would think. (Anonymous, 20 years)
  • Apartments have car break-ins. (Sharon, 21 years)
  • Not much crime. (Karen, 22 years)
  • Probably like most places. Avoid the park at night. (Lachelle, 26 years)
  • The only place we got jumped and beaten up was in Holiday. (Anonymous, 27 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)
  • From my memory, crime was and still is quite low. (LaRell, 29 years)
  • Crime in Murray? (Tom, 30 years)
  • It has become worse in the last 3 years – we hardly heard about crime in Murray before that. (Rachel, 34 years)
  • Very little crime. (Debbie, 35 years)
  • Fireclay area seems to the crime hotspot!!! (Gamal, 35 years)
  • It’s better than most. Bad areas are from 48th 5th west to 39th south. (Kevin, 46 years)
  • Lots of home break-ins and car break-ins happen in our neighborhood. (Julie, 48 years)
  • It’s about the same as everywhere else. (Les, 49 years)
  • It’s the same as in most places. (Les, 53 years)
  • Unfortunately thefts are on the rise—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)
  • Not any worse than neighboring areas. (Bryan, 55 years)
  • Avoid the areas closest to South Salt Lake. (Andrea, 55 years)
  • Unfortunately it’s getting bad. (Linda, 61 years)

Murray Advice

Any advice for people moving to Murray?

  • Get involved in the schools and the community. (Deleen, 11 years)
  • Know your area. (Anonymous, 20 years)
  • Get involved. (Anonymous, 20 years)
  • It’s a nice, quiet place. But like I said, a lot of car lots. (Lachelle, 26 years)
  • If you aren’t Mormon make sure you like your non-Mormon neighbors because they are the only friends you will have. (Anonymous, 27 years)
  • Look for the neighborhood type you want – you will find it here. (Susan, 29 years)
  • You will love it. (LaRell, 29 years)
  • Good luck finding a place to live. (Tom, 30 years)
  • Be a part of your community, you’ll be glad you were. (Rachel, 34 years)
  • Get involved locally. (Debbie, 35 years)
  • Avoid the Fireclay area! (Gamal, 35 years)
  • Stay away… lol. It’s great! (Kevin, 46 years)
  • Enjoy it! (Julie, 48 years)
  • Don’t. It’s already too populous. (Bryan, 55 years)
  • High real estate is offset by property taxes and good utilities/services. (Andrea, 55 years)
  • Be friendly to your neighbors. (Linda, 61 years)

Murray Stories

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

  • The annual Christmas tree lighting. (Deleen, 11 years)
  • Haunted trail and Easter egg hunt. (Anonymous, 20 years)
  • Every 4th of the July we go to the park, they always put on a great show! (Lachelle, 26 years)
  • I had 3 guns pulled on me at various times for playing hide and seek. Good thing I’m white and look Mormon. (Anonymous, 27 years)
  • The haunted woods at Halloween time. (Emily, 28 years)
  • Watching the 4th of July Parade, gathering up the candy. (Susan, 29 years)
  • I was privileged to serve as its mayor from 1978 to 1986. (LaRell, 29 years)
  • I went to Murray High, so that was memorable. (Tom, 30 years)
  • I’ve had many – lived here most of my life. (Rachel, 34 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)
  • Too many to mention. I still get together with the friends from there that I grew up with. (Kevin, 46 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)
  • Growing up. (Bryan, 55 years)
  • I love the July 4th parade. (Andrea, 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?

  • Hopefully it will become cleaner, with less pan handling. (Deleen, 11 years)
  • Murray won’t change much. (Anonymous, 20 years)
  • It will grow. (Anonymous, 20 years)
  • Too many big businesses will push out the small personal businesses. (Linda, 20 years)
  • I hope not too much. (Sharon, 21 years)
  • It’s going to modernize. (Lachelle, 26 years)
  • No idea. (Anonymous, 27 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)
  • Not sure. (LaRell, 29 years)
  • More high density housing I fear. (Tom, 30 years)
  • It will continue to grow. I hope some history will be allowed to remain. (Rachel, 34 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)
  • Unfortunately, I think it will get bigger. But for the most part, it’s still going to be the same great place I grew up in, everyone knows everyone else in many ways. (Kevin, 46 years)
  • Home prices seem to be going through the roof! More expensive. (Julie, 48 years)
  • It won’t change much. (Les, 49 years)
  • It will become more expensive. (Les, 53 years)
  • If they keep adding high density apartments it will become over crowded and lose the small town feeling. (Sherry, 55 years)
  • It will just get more crowded. (Bryan, 55 years)
  • There will be more medical offices. (Andrea, 55 years)
  • Less new housing. (Linda, 61 years)

Murray Facts

Any other interesting facts about Murray?

  • It has one of the biggest hospitals I have ever seen, you can see it from across the valley. (Lachelle, 26 years)
  • They have removed all the REAL haunted houses and filled the fields, where the devil worshipers used to play, with multi-million dollar houses. (Anonymous, 27 years)
  • There’s world class hospital right in our midst, Murray’s close to the transportation hub of the Salt Lake Valley. (Susan, 29 years)
  • It’s a wonderful place in which to live and raise a family. (LaRell, 29 years)
  • The cemetery is full. (Tom, 30 years)
  • It really is a great place to live and to raise a family. (Rachel, 34 years)
  • Great schools. (Kevin, 46 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)
  • Great city. (Bryan, 55 years)
  • Good school district. (Andrea, 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)