Redistricting

50,637

2021 Total City Population in Murray

5

Council District

10,127

Equal Distribution of Population

405

Maximum Variance (+ or - 4%)

9,722 - 10,532

Target Population Range per District

2021-2022 Murray City Proposed Council Changes presented on December 7th, 2021 during Committee of the Whole

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2022 Murray City Proposed Council Changes being presented on January 4th, 2022 during the Municipal City Council Meeting

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2021-2022 Murray School District Proposed Precinct Changes

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Schedule

Committee of the Whole, Tuesday, December 7, 2021, at 4:30 p.m. at Murray City Hall

The Murray City staff will present new district boundaries to the council during the Committee of the Whole. The council reviews the recommended changes and then decides whether they will adopt them during the next scheduled council meeting.

City Council, Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. at Murray City Hall.

The Murray City Council will hold a public hearing and approve new district boundaries. The public hearing will provide Murray residents the opportunity to participate in the redistricting process by offering recommendations and suggestions before new boundaries are adopted. All Murray residents are invited to participate in these hearings. 

Murray City Redistricting

What is redistricting?

Redistricting is the process of drawing new district boundaries city and state school board districts based on Murray's resident population. Every ten years, Murray City redraws council and school board boundaries based on the results of the most recent population data from the U.S. Census Bureau. This data determines the ideal size of Murray City's Council and School Board districts.

Why redistrict? 

Utah State Code 10.3.205.5 states that within six months after the Legislature completes its redistricting process, the governing body shall make any adjustments in the boundaries of the district as may be required to maintain districts of substantially equal populations.

Different regions of the city grow at different rates. For example, according to the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, the average growth in Utah is 18.1 percent. Murray City grew below the average rate at an estimated 8.3 percent, whereas Herriman City grew above the average estimate rate at 153.1 percent. 

Over time, council districts and school board boundaries become unequal. Redistricting is required to ensure that there is an equal number of constituents in each district.

What is the Census?

Every ten years, the U.S. Constitution requires the United States Census Bureau to conduct an actual enumeration of every person who lives in the United States. The results of the census are used for two distinct purposes: reapportionment and redistricting.

Who is responsible for redistricting? 

In Murray City, the administrative staff is primarily responsible for creating a redistricting proposal and is subject to approval by the City Council. 

What are the factors to consider during the redistricting process?

  • The purpose of redistricting is to create an equal distribution of population within each council district. 
  • When drawing districts, the official population numbers from the 2020 census must be used.
  • Districts must follow natural boundaries such as streets and rivers.
  • Districts should follow the boundaries of County precincts and avoid a split precinct.
  • Districts must be drawn to create five district and five school boards.
  • Districts must be contiguous and reasonably compact.
  • Districts must be as nearly equal as practical, with a deviation no greater than +/- .4 percent.
  • Districts must follow political boundaries such as State Representatives and Senate boundaries.
  • Districts should have equitable distribution of annexed areas.
  • School board districts must have substantial equality of population among the various districts, with a deviation less than +/- 4.0 percent.  

How can Murray residents have a say in redistricting?

We want people to feel confident during the process. The Murray City Council will hold a public hearing and approve new district boundaries.  Copies of the proposal will be posted on the City website and Utah Public Notice website. A public hearing provides Murray residents the opportunity to participate in the redistricting process by offering recommendations and suggestions before new boundaries are adopted. All Murray residents are invited to participate during the hearing. 

Definitions?

  • District: A defined area from which a public official is elected by the residents of that region. 
  • Target Deviation: If all districts of the same type had exactly equal populations, this would be the “ideal size.” The target

    deviation is the difference in population between a district and its ideal size.

  • Connectivity/Contiguity: All blocks assigned to a district must be connected or contiguous.

Where can I learn more about the 2020 Census? 

Kem C. Gardner Policy Institue has published First Insight - 2020 Census Utah Counties and Communities (PDF) that has information about growth in Utah for all cities and towns in Utah.

 Total Population

City20102020ChangeChange(%)
Murray46,74650,6373,8918.3%


Total Housing Units

City20102020ChangeChange (%)
Murray19,18121,6592,47812.9%