Murray, New York

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Murray, New York
Location in Orleans County and the state of New York.
Location in Orleans County and the state of New York.
Location of New York in the United States
Location of New York in the United States
Coordinates: 43°14′59″N 78°3′29″W / 43.24972°N 78.05806°W / 43.24972; -78.05806
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
 • Total31.10 sq mi (80.55 km2)
 • Land31.06 sq mi (80.44 km2)
 • Water0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)
525 ft (160 m)
 • Total4,988
 • Estimate 
 • Density152.93/sq mi (59.05/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code36-49286
GNIS feature ID0979246

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 circa 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, (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 (81 km2), of which 31.0 square miles (80 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (0.19%) is water.

The eastern boundary 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.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20164,750[2]−4.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[3]

As of the census[4] 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 per square mile (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.

In the town, the population was spread out with 22.4% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 40.5% from 25 to 44, 19.8% from 45 to 64, and 8.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 64.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 56.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $38,672, and the median income for a family was $45,184. Males had a median income of $32,795 versus $26,113 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,620. About 4.2% of families and 6.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.5% of those under age 18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]

Communities and locations in Murray[edit]

  • Holley - The Village of Holley, on the Erie Canal, is in the southeast part of the town.
  • Fancher – A community located around the intersection of Routes NY-387 and NY-31 in the western part of the town.
  • Hindsburg (also spelled Hinsburg, Hinsberg, Hindsburgh, Hindsville) – A location on the west town line.
  • McCargo Lake – A small lake by the west town line.
  • Murray – The hamlet of Murray is on Ridge Road (NY-104).
  • Brockville – A hamlet north of Fancher on NY-387.
  • Hulberton – A hamlet east of Fancher by the Erie Canal.


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 5, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ 'The Convention of 1846,' Milo Milton Quaife, Wisconsin Historical Society, Biographical Sketch of Pitts Ellis, pg. 770

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Coordinates: 43°16′26″N 78°02′45″W / 43.27389°N 78.04583°W / 43.27389; -78.04583