Introduction to Murray, Kentucky

Murray, Kentucky, in Calloway county, is 53 miles W of Clarksville, Tennessee (center to center)and 90 miles W of Nashville, Tennessee. The city has a population of 14,950.

Murray History

The city of Murray is the county seat of Calloway County. The Calloway County is located in the Jackson Purchase region. The city was named after John L. Murray, a congressman. In the early 19th century, the city of Murray began as a post office and trading center. The city at that time was known as Williston. It was named in the honor of James Willis. The name of the city was further changed to Pooltown and Pleasant Springs. It was incorporated in the year 1884. The state legislature divided the area into two separate counties in the year 1842.

Murray and nearby Attractions

  • Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site
  • Fort Massac State Park
  • Kenlake State Resort Park
  • River Heritage Museum
  • Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park

Things To Do In Murray

Tourists can take a look around the Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site, which tells the city’s history. To enjoy the river cruise, camping, and boating tourists can visit the Kenlake State Resort Park. One can also be the part of the local festivals including the Murray - Calloway County Fair that takes place in the month of June every year.

Murray Transportation

Air Transportation is available from Barkley Regional Airport.

Murray Higher Education

You can opt for Mid - Continent College, University of Tennessee at Martin, and Bethel College.


Total Population 18,375
Male Share of the Population 46.2%
Female Share of the Population 53.8%
Senior Citizens 14.5%
Employed Population 16+ 7,669
Age of the Population 25


% of people married 30.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 34.3%
Median Earnings25+ $31,887
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,169
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,875


Median Family Income $56,074
% Above Poverty Level 70.2%
% Below Poverty Level 29.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 13%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%


People Living Alone 41.9%
Median Gross Rent $525
Median House Value $129,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 20.2%
US/American 0.1%
English 11.3%
Irish 17.9%

Murray Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 53 miles W of Clarksville, Tennessee (center to center)
Nearest Large City 90 miles W of Nashville, Tennessee
County Calloway
Standard Zip Codes 42071
Phone Area Codes 270
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.61
Longitude -88.314

Murray Climate

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  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station MURRAY
Distance 0.9 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 44 F
Apr Temp 48 to 70 F
Jul Temp 69 to 90 F
Oct Temp 49 to 71 F
Annual Precip 55.2 inches
Distance 21.3 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 44 F
Apr Temp 46 to 71 F
Jul Temp 68 to 89 F
Oct Temp 47 to 72 F
Annual Precip 51.7 inches
Station DOVER 1 W
Distance 26.4 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 44 F
Apr Temp 45 to 70 F
Jul Temp 67 to 89 F
Oct Temp 45 to 71 F
Annual Precip 53.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Coldwater (42071)

College Campus (42071)

Faxon (42071)

Lynn Grove (42071)

Shiloh (42071)

University (42071)

Van Cleve (42071)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Benton 4,380 $62,234
Hardin 581 $31,375
Hazel 499 $42,917
Mayfield 10,091 $36,511
Wingo 847 $48,750

Murray Public Libraries

Calloway County Public Library
Murray, Kentucky
(270) 753-2288

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Murray Hospitals

(Government - Local)
(270) 762-1100
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 17

Serves 471 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.2

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