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COMMUNITY PROFILE: MURRAY

Murray is "older" than Utah as a whole. The median age of 29.9 is more than three years older than that of the state average. The city also has a smaller percentage of children under the age of 18 but has a larger percentage of people over 65. Ten percent of the city's population fits into the category.

The city has below average number of traditional-mom-and-pop households at 55.5 percent. The state average is 64.8 percent.According to CACI, a marketing research firm, Murray residents are more likely than the average American to have investments, saving accounts, buy furniture and take out loans. The also go to the hair salon, buy sporting goods and footwear more than other Americans. They are less likely to be pet owners.

Origin of city's name: The town's original post office was named after Eli Murray, a territorial governor. When the city was incorporated, it carried his name.

Date of incorporation: 1902

Did you know? The city has grown by almost 250 percent in the past four decades, growing from 9,006 in 1950.

Median home price: $74,900

Recreation

6 parks

1 ice rink

2 swimming pools

2 public library

2 golf courses

8 covered picnic facilities

6 tennis courts

1 city soccer field, 8 school fields

6 baseball diamonds

Crime 1990:

Murder,2

Rape, 17

Robbery, 29

Aggravated assault, 62

Burglary, 477

Median age: 29.9

Household size: 2.66 people per household

Political profile: In 1988, 7,333 Murray voters cast ballots for George Bush, 4,981 for Dukakis; 250 voted for other candidates. The voter turnout was 84.6 percent.

Largest taxpayer: Larry H. Miller Auto Sales, pays approximately $550,000 per year.

Largest employer: Cottonwood Hospital Medical Center, 1,200 employees.

Population:

31,282, Utah's 11th largest city

White 29,968

Hispanic 1,325

Asian or Pacific Is. 463

Black 205

American Indian 170

Sources: Murray City Corp., Salt Lake County clerk, State Data Center, U.S. Census Bureau, State Bureau of Criminal Identification.