Murray, Iowa

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Murray, Iowa

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High Points

Murray strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Iowa):

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Affordability of Property Taxes
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Top 15% Murray Affordability of Property Taxes

Comparative Profile of Murray, Iowa

Comparing Murray to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Iowa (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 6 7
Racial Diversity 5 8
Senior Citizens 5 3
Female Share of the Population 5 4
Age of the Population 4 3
Well-Paid Single Men 4 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 6 8
Portion of People Married 6 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 7 4
People in Middle Class or Better 5 2
Median Family Income 4 2
College Educated Adults 1 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 7 6
Walking and Biking to Work 6 5
Public Transportation Use 5 6
Short Commute Times 3 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Property Taxes 8 9
Affordability of Rents 7 5
People Living Alone 5 4
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 4 3
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 3 5
Housing Recently Built 1 1

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Murray Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 42 miles SW of Des Moines, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 104 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska
County Clarke
Standard Zip Codes 50174
Phone Area Codes 641
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.041
Longitude -93.949

Murray Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 10.4 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 61 F
Jul Temp 63 to 86 F
Oct Temp 40 to 64 F
Annual Precip 36.4 inches
Distance 22.9 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 29 F
Apr Temp 37 to 61 F
Jul Temp 64 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 64 F
Annual Precip 34.3 inches
Station LEON 6 ESE
Distance 27 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 31 F
Apr Temp 36 to 62 F
Jul Temp 62 to 87 F
Oct Temp 38 to 65 F
Annual Precip 37.1 inches
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Murray Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 766 100%
Male 371 48.4%
Female 395 51.6%
Under 18 216 28.2%
18+ 550 71.8%
65+ 115 15%
Median Age 36.3
Average Family Size 2.97
White 754 98.4%
African-American 5 0.7%
Asian 1 0.1%
American Indian & Alaskan 2 0.3%
Other 1 0.1%
Mixed Race 3 0.4%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 10 1.3%

Estimated Murray Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 786
Growth 20
Growth % 2.6%

Murray Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
US/American 23.5%
English 16.9%
Irish 16.3%
German 15.3%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.1%
European 4.9%
Canadian 2.1%
Polish 2.1%
Swedish 1.5%
French (except Basque) 1.5%
Scotch-Irish 1.5%
Danish 1.3%
Scottish 1.3%
Norwegian 0.8%
Hungarian 0.8%
Welsh 0.8%
French Canadian 0.8%
Dutch 0.4%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Murray, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Hopeville (50174)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Murray 766 $37,083
Afton 917 $35,848
Lorimor 427 $30,500
Osceola 4,659 $45,263
Truro 427 $39,500
Van Wert 231 $44,375
Weldon 145 $29,205

Murray Public Libraries

Murray Public Library
Murray, Iowa
(641) 447-2711

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Murray High Schools (2004)

Serves 163 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.7

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