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Overview of Murray

Located eight miles south of Salt Lake City, Murray is an inviting town with Western appeal. Surrounded by the natural landscape of Utah, residents enjoy an outdoor lifestyle with some of the state’s most beautiful attractions. Murray is a family-friendly community with residents of all backgrounds and denominations that come together to foster a unique local culture. More than 47,000 people live here and enjoy a laid back environment with clean mountain air. Look for Murray apartments for rent and find a relaxed community in the American west.

Living in Murray, UT

Mormon pioneers first entered the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. The Mississippi Saints joined a year later and built an agricultural community that thrived for decades. Originally known as South Cottonwood, the city’s name was changed to honor civil war general Eli Murray. A body of ore was found in the land and, because of the area’s railroad access and central location, the first smelter was built in Murray in 1870. The first settlers were mostly from Western Europe and Scandinavia, but the smelting operations brought in new workers from Eastern Europe and Asia. Today, Murray’s diverse population still reflects the heritage of early settlers. The once-Mormon population has morphed to include residents of all religious denominations. Murray continues to expand with exceptional public services and strong sense of local pride.

Murray Work and Study

Murray is home to Columbia College Salt Lake City, offering opportunities for local students looking to obtain higher education degrees. Columbia College offers programs on campus and online. With majors ranging from military studies to environmental studies to human resource management, classes are taught with a small faculty-to-student ratio and no graduate students or teaching assistants. Students turn directly to their professors for help, giving the school a unique close-knit environment. Eagle Gate College is also in Murray and offers tailored programming to fit the demanding schedules of local working professionals. Classes are available during the day, at night and online to accommodate all prospective students. EGC features programs in the schools of healthcare, business, health and wellness, design and technology and criminal justice. 

For those seeking work, there are many local business opportunities in Murray with small companies and national brands. Seventeen percent of people work in the educational, health and social services industries. Accordingly, the largest employers in the area include the Intermountain Medical Center, Select Health, the University of Phoenix, IHC Health Services, 3M Health Information Systems, Intermountain Healthcare and the Murray City Corporation. Twelve percent of local residents also work in service jobs. Costco Wholesale Corporation, Nordstrom and The Cheesecake Factory round out the list of the city’s top employers, making apartments in Murray a good option for everyone.

Rentals in Murray, UT and Cost of Living

With all of the relaxed qualities of the western lifestyle, residents in Murray pay reasonable rent prices. United States Census Bureau statistics indicate that the average Murray apartment costs $839 a month, which is very consistent with the Utah state average. Everyday living expenses are also very affordable in Murray. The city received a cost of living index of 91.5, which is well below the United States average of 100. 

Murray Attractions and Special Events

Local residents love to play golf, and the city is home to a number of courses including Murray Parkway Golf Course, Mick Riley Golf Course and Fore Lakes Golf Course. The Murray Symphony Orchestra features a wide range of traditional and contemporary music performances that tailor to people with different music preferences. Murray residents also come together for the annual Peruvian Independence Festival, celebrating the best aspects of Peruvian culture. Traditional food, music and dance from Central America are showcased to help celebrate Peruvian Independence Day.

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