Murtaugh, Idaho

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Murtaugh is a city in Twin Falls County, Idaho, United States. The population was 139 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Twin Falls, Idaho Micropolitan Statistical Area. Murtaugh is named after Mark Murtaugh, who oversaw a local irrigation project.[citation needed]


Murtaugh is located at 42°29′32″N 114°9′44″W / 42.49222°N 114.16222°W / 42.49222; -114.16222 (42.492159, -114.162227).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²), all of it land.

The community is located at a bend in U.S. Route 30. Murtaugh Lake is south of the city on the opposite side of US-30.[citation needed]


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 139 people, 49 households, and 36 families residing in the city. The population density was 939.5 people per square mile (357.8/km²). There were 51 housing units at an average density of 344.7/sq mi (131.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.37% White, 0.72% Native American, 5.76% from other races, and 2.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.47% of the population.

There were 49 households out of which 36.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.3% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.5% were non-families. 24.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.84 and the average family size was 3.39.

In the city the population was spread out with 32.4% under the age of 18, 4.3% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 17.3% from 45 to 64, and 18.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 117.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $23,929, and the median income for a family was $25,313. Males had a median income of $21,875 versus $16,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $9,934. There were 12.8% of families and 15.8% of the population living below the poverty line, including 25.6% of under eighteens and none of those over 64.

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