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Overview

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.

People

Total Population 18,515
Male Share of the Population 46.3%
Female Share of the Population 53.7%
Senior Citizens 13.5%
Employed Population 16+ 7,512
Age of the Population 25

Families

% of people married 29.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 33.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $46,144
% Above Poverty Level 64.5%
% Below Poverty Level 35.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 13.4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 41.4%
Median Gross Rent $562
Median House Value $131,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 22.7%
US/American 0.1%
English 9.7%
Irish 15.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • 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
Station MAYFIELD RADIO WNGO
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 4,379 $61,941
Hardin 625 $30,054
Hazel 505 $42,188
Mayfield 10,101 $37,547
Wingo 790 $46,786

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Murray Public Libraries

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

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Murray Hospitals

MURRAY-CALLOWAY COUNTY HOSPITAL
(Government - Local)
803 POPLAR STREET
(270) 762-1100
Emergency Service: Yes

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Murray High Schools

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CALLOWAY COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
2108 COLLEGE FARM RD
270-762-7374
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 951 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17

MURRAY HIGH SCHOOL
501 DORAN RD
270-753-5202
Serves 471 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.2

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