Murray, New York

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Murray is a town in Orleans County, New York, United States. The population was 6,259 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Murray is on the east border of the county, northwest of the City of Rochester.



Murray was first settled around 1809. The Town of Murray was established in 1808 before the formation of Orleans County, while still part of Genesee County. Later, Murray was reduced by the creation of new towns: Sweden (1813, now in Monroe County), Clarkson, New York (1819, now in Monroe County), and Kendall (1837).

In 1850, the community of Holley incorporated, setting itself off from the town.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 31.1 square miles (80.5 km²), of which, 31.0 square miles (80.4 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.19%) is water.

The east town line is shared with the Town of Clarkson in Monroe County, marked by New York State Route 272.

The Erie Canal passes through the town, along with New York State Route 31, New York State Route 104 (Ridge Road), and New York State Route 387.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,259 people, 1,886 households, and 1,308 families residing in the town. The population density was 201.6 people per square mile (77.9/km²). There were 2,014 housing units at an average density of 64.9/sq mi (25.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 83.64% White, 14.63% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.66% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.29% of the population.

There were 1,886 households out of which 36.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.2% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.6% were non-families. 24.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.07.

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