Moving to Murray, UT: A Neighbor Moving Guide

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Moving to Murray, UT: A Neighbor Moving Guide

So you’re thinking about moving to Murray, Utah? Don’t worry, we get it! Murray is in the middle of Salt Lake Valley, easy access to SLC and the surrounding areas, and is a 5 minute drive to many shopping malls and the night life. However, You don’t just move to a new city now—your moving to a new neighborhood and this guide will give you everything you need to know before moving into Murray.

Moving to a new neighborhood can be scary and unnerving especially when you need affordable self storage in Murray. Whether you are young or old, adventurous or conservative, rich or poor, don’t leave it to chance to find your next great home. With close to twenty-thousand incorporated cities in the United States bringing so many diverse opportunities and possibilities it can be hard to settle on just one. This Neighbor Murray Moving guide will highlight the pros and cons of each area so you can focus on finding your tribe and making a solid life for yourself.

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I. Population of Murray

Murray is a thriving city with a Population of 49,230 and over 20,061 Households. The Median Age is 36.1 and the average family size is 3.24. 48.2% of the population is Male, 51.8% is Female, and 47.2% of the population is married. The community is made up of 23 different neighborhoods covering 9.61 square miles at an Altitude of 4,350 ft ASL. The average annual temperature is a high of 63 degrees and a low of 46 degrees. Murray is home to hundreds of restaurants, several shopping areas, and many other fun things to do.

Personal Experiences From People Living in Murray

Neighbor has partnered with Lifey (Selfie + Life Story = Lifey) to give you the grass roots information on Murray, Utah. Lifey has compiled hundreds of personal experiences, tips and tricks, favorite things, least favorite things, random facts, and much more all about Murray. Read about it all in Lifey’s Guide to Murray. Give Murray your stamp of approval here.

II. Neighborhoods in Murray

Moving to a new city has its advantages because you can pick which neighborhood you live in and what type of people you want to associate with. Smaller towns and cities lack what Murray provides. Below is a list of all the neighborhoods located in Murray along with a description of the area, local statistics, and its location in relation to other larger surrounding cities.

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  • Adams Park Neighborhood
  • Akron Neighborhood
  • Amherst Park Neighborhood
  • Apple Blossom Estate Neighborhood
  • Applegate Condo Neighborhood
  • Aspen Heights Neighborhood
  • Atwood Neighborhood
  • Atwood Addition Neighborhood
  • Cahoon Haynes Addition Neighborhood
  • Clayton Neighborhood
  • Clover Crest Number 3 Neighborhood
  • Country Garden Estates Neighborhood
  • Holly Heights Neighborhood
  • Murray Burton Acres Neighborhood
  • Murray Oakes Neighborhood
  • Riverview Acres Neighborhood
  • Village Gardens Neighborhood
  • Western Park Neighborhood
  • Willows Condominium Neighborhood
  • White Terrace Neighborhood
  • Woodridge Neighborhood
  • Woodstock Neighborhood
  • Woodstock Village Neighborhood

The main draw to Murray is Murray Park and the Fashion Place Mall that make up most, if not all, of the attractions in Murray. There are shops, theaters, restaurants, plays, and then there is all of Salt Lake City that is less than a 20 minute drive from anywhere in Murray. Murray is a very beautiful city and has many differing attractions with the mountains, lakes, reservoirs, resorts, national parks, desert, and shopping within reach of you in only a matter of minutes!

III. Murray Crime Rates

Need I say more? You need to know what is going on within your chosen neighborhood. You don’t want any drunken surprises, drug busts, or robberies happening in your neighborhood. Thankfully for you, Murray is known for being a safe and secure neighborhood.

Murray received a crime rate of 548.9 which is higher than the US average of 280.5. Within 2016 there were 0 murders, 66 rapes, 68 robberies, 142 assaults, 470 burglaries, 2,636 thefts, 415 auto thefts, and 6 arson attempts. This is considerably lower than, for example, Chicago which had 765 murders, 1,568 rapes, and 12,000 robberies in 2016. Compared to those numbers, Murray seems like a pretty safe place to live!

There are also many opportunities to volunteer and join a service organization within Murray. These organizations provide support and encouragement to those residents who need it the most.

Service Organizations:

  • Alliance Community Services
  • Utah Foster Care
  • Children’s Service Society
  • Humane Society of Utah
  • MOSAIC Inter-Faith Ministries
  • Salt Lake County Division of Youth Services

Other Volunteer Resources:

IV. Murray Schools & Stats

If you have children then this is probably one of the most important thing you should be thinking about. Where are your kids going to go to school? How good is the school when compared to the others in the area? Does the school specialize in a certain subject, and will your children enjoy that? These are all serious questions that need answered. We’ve done the hard work for you and found a link with all the schools in the district. You can learn more about each individual school at their respective website. Check out the link of all the schools within the Murray School District.

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  • 7 Local Elementary Schools
  • 2 Local Junior High Schools
  • 1 Local High Schools

Since there are so many schools to report on feel free to visit the link above for all their information, but we’ve broken down the interesting stats on the junior high and high schools in the Murray area so you can make an informed decision on where you want to live if you have teenagers. For more in-depth information, visit murrayschools.org and compare the state assessments.

Hillcrest Junior High School

Originally built in 1911, Hillcrest once served as a school for grades 1-8. Today, Hillcrest Junior High School holds classes in their state-of-the-art new school opened in 2015 for students in grades 7-9. The school’s motto, as stated on the front page of their website, is “Take care of yourself – Take care of each other – Take care of our school.”

 

  • Enrollment: 857 Students (2017-2018 School Year)
  • Principal: Andrew Corser
  • Assistant Principal: Megan Orme
  • Address: 178 East 5300 South
  • Phone: (801) 264-7442
  • Mascot: Hillcrest Gladiators
  • School Colors: Royal Blue and White

Riverview Junior High SchoolMurray high school logo

Described as an energetic school, Riverview Junior High School continues to set a high bar with continued tradition and a dedicated staff and faculty. Their mission is, “to create a developmentally responsive middle level school that nurtures each student’s progress physically, emotionally, and intellectually.” Riverview Junior High School hosts students grades 7-9.

  • Enrollment: 653 Students (2017-2018 School Year)
  • Principal: Jim Bouwman
  • Assistant Principal: Earl Kauffman
  • Address: 751 West Tripp Lane (5755 South) Murray, UT 84123
  • Phone: (801) 264-7446
  • Mascot: Riverview Rebels
  • School Colors: Red and White

Murray High School

Formerly Hillcrest School, Murray High offers a curriculum including “basic general courses, advanced technology, college prep, and career oriented offerings.” Murray High also offers a wide variety of extra-curricular clubs and activities to students grades 10-12.

  • Enrollment: 1,498 Students (2017-2018 School Year)
  • Principal: Scott Wihongi
  • Assistant Principal: Dolph Church and Laura DeShazo
  • Address: 5440 South State Street Murray, UT 84107
  • Phone: (801) 264-7460
  • Mascot: Spartans
  • School Colors: Orange and Black

V. Homes for Sale in Murray

Moving to a new state, city, or neighborhood is a perfect time to consider buying a home. It’s a new start and would completely establish you in the area and with your neighbors. However, there are a few things you should consider other than the color of the cabinets, how plush the carpet is, or the bedroom count. Consider which neighborhoods are going to be growing, where the shopping malls are, where landmarks are located, and how old the house is. All these things directly affect home valuations. You want to buy a home that will continue to appreciate in value so you can sell if for a profit when you decide to move again later in life.

Check out Zillow’s Home Buying Guide to get help figuring out everything you need to know through a step-by-step process to buy a home. The estimated average home price or condo value in Murray is currently $265,277 for a medium home with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. We’ve compiled a list of calculators to help you purchase a home in Murray and figure out how much you can afford when it comes to mortgages, refinancing, and affordability of homes you are looking at.

Home Buying Calculators:

VI. Apartments in Murray

Renting an apartment is almost as stressful as entering into a new relationship. You have to search for the perfect match, with the right amenities, price, location, features, and above all, the other tenants and your landlord have to be on point. You’ll be living in a neighborhood within a neighborhood—a community that functions within society as a whole, and you want to be in the best position possible. You need a landlord who fits your personality type so you don’t clash over trivial things. Luckily for you, we’ve compiled a few resources to help make the process seamless and easy.

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  • Rent Affordability Calculator
  • List of Nice Apartment Complexes
  • Documents you need ready when you are renting:
    • Past 60 days of Paystubs
    • Bank Statements
    • Driver’s License or Passport
    • Recommendations from Friends and Family
    • Vehicle Registration and Proof of Insurance
    • Social Security Number
    • Previous Rental History
    • References
    • Job History
    • Checkbook
  • Check out brand new properties.
  • Look at middle floor units.
  • When you find a place you like, jump on it!
  • Negotiate on a fixer-upper.
  • Choose your amenities wisely.

VII. Murray Cost of Living

Find out from the locals how much groceries are, average rent/mortgages, property expenses, taxes, etc. The better idea you can get before arriving, the more prepared you can be—and also the more negotiating power you’ll have when you’re determining what to request for your salary if you are moving here for work. The cost of living index will help you understand if you can afford to live in Murray, Utah, how this city compares to other cities within Utah, and how Utah compares to others in the USA. Take the cost of living seriously and it could save you lots of money in the long run.

Currently the cost of living index for Murray is 91.6 which is less than the average across the United States. This means it is relatively cheaper to live in Murray than most cities across the US.

VIII. Things To Do in Murray, Utah

Let’s be honest for a second. The main thing we care about when moving to a new city or neighborhood is ‘what is there to do in Murray?’ We care less about the crime rates than we do the food scene, fitness gyms, grocery stores, shopping malls, theatres, and other entertainment. No one wants to live in a place that has no nightlife! So what is there to do in Murray? More than you would think!

  • Hale Center Theater
  • Fashion Place Shopping Mall
  • Murray Park
  • Wheeler Historic Farm
  • Murray City Museum   
  • Willow Pond Park
  • Desert Star Playhouse

Murray Attraction Resources

IX. Murray Commuting & Public Transit

How accessible is Murray? Before settling down in any given neighborhood you need to check out how close it is to the main cities and attractions. You don’t want to have to live in Big Water, Utah which is 5 hours and 39 minutes from Salt Lake City or where there is no public transit. We’ve compiled the best commuting times, average gas prices, and available public transit surrounding Murray below.

Commuting Times can make or break an apartment or house when you are deciding on a place to live. Unless you want to be out in the open and in the countryside then I’d suggest looking up the typical travel times from Murray out to the nearest cities.

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Commuting Times

Travel Time from Murray to the Attractions and National Parks

Average Gas Prices around Murray

  • Murray Average Gas Price: $3.02 per Gallon – From July 2018
  • National Average Gas Price: $2.86 per Gallon – From July 2018

For real time insights into gas prices in Murray visit GasBuddy.com!

Available Public Transit

X. Cheap Self Storage in Murray

If you are moving then you should seriously consider self storage. It could take a while to find the perfect neighborhood in a day, week, month, or year. You’ll want to arrange for a cheap self storage unit that can protect your belongings while you continue your search for home. You need something flexible, cheap, and in a convenient location—you need Neighbor Storage. Neighbor’s got you covered with their self storage platform. The prices below speak for themselves.

Average Price of Storage in Murray:

Unit SizeTraditional Self Storage Facility PriceNeighbor’s Average Price
5 x 5$23$14
5 x 10$35$28
10 x 10$85$32
10 x 15$56$42
10 x 20$93$59
10 x 20+$639$59

We’ve listed out all the unit sizes you could possibly imagine. You won’t need anything bigger than an 10 x 20 storage unit unless you are trying to store an RV in which case you should really be looking at Neighbor’s website for a space to save you money. The traditional self storage unit prices are almost double every time for every size of storage unit available. Neighbor provides storage at affordable costs, secure locations, and has on demand units so you can get a unit anytime, every time. Find cheap Murray self storage or rent out your extra space on Neighbor.

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XI. Murray Moving Guide Conclusion: Home Sweet Home?

You can literally move anywhere in the United States. According to a Pew Research Center Survey, 37% of Americans have never lived outside their hometown and 57% have never lived outside their home state. Don’t fall into that statistic! Be a traveler, explorer, or nomad of the the USA suburbia! Why not try living in Murray, Utah? If not, explore other new neighborhoods near you and only settle when you have found the city that fits your vibe.

Author: Sydney Runyon

I am a recent graduate of Liberty University where I obtained my bachelors in journalism. I am now working toward my masters in strategic communications in the hopes of one day working within public relations. When I’m not working on my schooling, I enjoy spending time with my family, sitting down with a good book and being outdoors.