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Living a College Town Lifestyle in Murray, Kentucky

If you have been looking for a community in a low-key college town, then Murray, with just over 15,000 people in southern Kentucky, might be the place for you. Murray State University – now known as the “Kentucky’s Public Ivy University” - is a highly ranked institution that delivers plenty of cultural opportunities in this charming college town. Murray State has 10,000 students.

In addition to cultural opportunities in Murray, there are many recreational activities as well, thanks to the presence of the enormous “Land Between the Lakes” recreational area just 15 miles away. This area is famous for its boating, fishing, camping, etc. This diverse city has a mild climate in the winter. Murray is located in Calloway County. Nashville is the closest major city, 120 miles away.

Where to Retire in Murray and Home Prices

Murray has at least one active adult community (see link at top right). Most retirees appear to live in town or in surrounding vicinity.
Data on home prices in Murray  can be elusive, but Zillow reports the median home value here was $139,747,000 in early 2020.

What Is Special about Murray

Small college town with a vital university. Low cost of living. Land Between the Lakes Recreational Center

What Is Not Special about Murray

It is far from any big city, so you had best like small town living

Climate and Physical Environment

Murray is located in Southwestern Kentucky, which means plenty of beautiful hills for a scenic background. he average July high temperature is 90 and the average January high is 44 (the low is 27). The wettest month is November (5+").
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Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Murray is justly proud of a number of annual festivals including Freedom Fest and Dickens Alley. The Clara M. Eagle Gallery is a multi-level art gallery with 1200 art works. Playhouse in the Park is one of the oldest community theatres in the state of Kentucky. There are 2 movie theatres including the Cheri Theatre. Murray State University provides adds to the cultural resources in this town.


The crime rate in Murray is below average.

Medical Facilities

Murrray-Calloway Hospital


Barkley Regional Airport (44 Miles).  

Valuable Links

City-Data page for Murray

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