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Overview

Introduction to Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Murfreesboro is located in the central portion of Tennessee in Rutherford County. Nissan North America is one of the county's major employers.

History

The town was originally named Cannonsburgh and renamed Murfreesboro in tribute to Hardy Murfree, a Revolutionary War Hero. From 1818 to 1826 the city was the capital of Tennessee. In 1862, during the Civil War, the notable Battle of Stones River occurred near Murfreesboro. When the fighting was over, the city was utilized by the Union Army as a supply base.

Attractions

  • Cannonsburgh Village
  • Stones River National Battlefield
  • Oaklands Historic House Museum includes a home from the Civil War era featuring a distinctive Italianate design and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Cannonsburgh Pioneer Village
  • Stones River Mall is popular with shoppers
  • The Avenue of Murfreesboro is a prominent shopping location
  • The Rutherford County Courthouse is an impressive structure and is included in the National Register of Historic Places
  • Stones River Greenway Arboretum
  • Sam Davis Home is located on a large acreage of scenic farmland and includes authentic slave residences
  • Black Cat Cave

Culture and Entertainment

  • Main Street Jazzfest
  • Center for the Arts features exhibits, concerts, dance productions and other events
  • Bradley Academy Museum
  • Tennessee Miller Coliseum
  • Bluesboro Rhythm & Blues Company features live entertainment
  • Murfreesboro Philharmonic is popular with residents

Activities

The Murfreesboro Greenway System includes the Stone River and Lylte Creek trails. The paths lead to Cannonsburgh Village, Fortress Rosecrans as well as Stones River National Battlefield. They're popular for walking, skating, jogging and bicycle riding. There are several other notable trails for recreation including Twin Forks Trail, Barfield Wilderness Loop Trail and the Stones River Battlefield Loop Trail. Barfield Crescent Park provides opportunities for picnicking, golfing and hiking. The Indian Hills Golf Club and the Old Fort Golf Course are popular with golf enthusiasts.

Transportation

The city is served by the Nashville International Airport and by the Murfreesboro Municipal Airport.

Higher Education

Murfreesboro is home to Middle Tennessee State University.

People

Total Population 117,983
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 9.2%
Employed Population 16+ 59,044
Age of the Population 30

Families

% of people married 45.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 38.5%
Median Earnings25+ $37,188
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,233
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,728

Wealth

Median Family Income $68,146
% Above Poverty Level 83.8%
% Below Poverty Level 16.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 26.9%
Median Gross Rent $876
Median House Value $181,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 32.5%
US/American 0%
English 10.8%
Irish 9.1%

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

Murfreesboro Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 31 miles SE of Nashville, Tennessee
County Rutherford
Metro Area Nashville
Standard Zip Codes 37127, 37128, 37129, 37130
P.O. Box Zip Codes 37133
Company Zip Codes 37131, 37132
Phone Area Codes 615
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.845
Longitude -86.39

Murfreesboro 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 MURFREESBORO 5 N
Distance 4.9 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 46 F
Apr Temp 44 to 70 F
Jul Temp 67 to 89 F
Oct Temp 44 to 72 F
Annual Precip 54.9 inches
Station SHELBYVILLE WATER DEPT
Distance 24.5 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 48 F
Apr Temp 45 to 71 F
Jul Temp 67 to 89 F
Oct Temp 46 to 73 F
Annual Precip 57.1 inches
Station NASHVILLE INTL AP
Distance 24.9 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 46 F
Apr Temp 47 to 70 F
Jul Temp 70 to 89 F
Oct Temp 49 to 71 F
Annual Precip 48.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Mboro (37127, 37128, 37129, 37130, 37133)

Murfreesbr (37127, 37128, 37129, 37130, 37133)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Auburntown 311 $46,250
Bell Buckle 400 $80,625
Eagleville 714 $63,750
La Vergne 34,081 $55,983
Nolensville 6,361 $111,048
Smyrna 43,580 $64,404

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

Murfreesboro Public Libraries

Library
Linebaugh Public Library
105 WEST VINE STREET
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
(615) 893-4131
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Murfreesboro Hospitals

MIDDLE TENNESSEE MEDICAL CENTER INC
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
400 N HIGHLAND AVE
(615) 396-4100
Emergency Service: No

BAPTIST WOMENS TREATMENT CTR MURFREESBORO
(Proprietary)
400 N HIGHLAND AVE 1ST FLR WOMENS PAVILION
(615) 849-4109
Emergency Service: Yes

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RIVERDALE HIGH SCHOOL
802 WARRIOR DR
615-890-6450
Serves 1,734 students.

BLACKMAN HIGH SCHOOL
3956 BLAZE DR
615-904-3850
Serves 1,568 students.

SIEGEL HIGH SCHOOL
3300 SIEGEL RD
615-904-3830
Serves 1,391 students.

OAKLAND HIGH SCHOOL
2225 PATRIOT DR
615-890-5920
Serves 1,362 students.

HOLLOWAY HIGH SCHOOL
619 SOUTH HIGHLAND AV
615-890-6004
Serves 111 students.

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2623 HALLS HILL PK
615-890-2282
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Serves 63 students.

RUTHERFORD COUNTY ADULT HIGH SCHOOL
502 MEMORIAL BL
615-896-0876
Serves 34 students.

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