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Links of Interest Around the Area

Murray is located in Calloway County, Kentucky. It’s only 15 miles west of Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area, which offers fishing, swimming, camping, boating, and wildlife viewing.

Murray-Calloway County has been named one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People three times since 2005 and, most recently, in 2008. According to America’s Promise Web site, this repeated honor has been given to Murray because of its “emphasis on strengthening families and improving outcomes for children and youth by identifying needs, opportunities and priorities for future action; promoting effective city/school collaboration; encouraging and supporting youth voice, engagement and leadership; and measuring progress over time.”

Murray hosts several annual events and festivals throughout the year, including the Freedom Fest and West Kentucky Highland Festival. These activities draw crowds from all over the region with their parades, farmer’s markets, and street fairs.

Murray offers a plethora of cultural activities that are normally only available in larger cities. The city has two galleries: The Clara M. Eagle Gallery, which hosts around 1,200 permanent artworks and Wrather West Kentucky Museum. Clara M. Eagle has housed several temporary shows, featuring a range of artworks including contemporary art, African art, woodworking, and others. Wrather West Kentucky Museum highlights the social development and culture of the people throughout west Kentucky.

Playhouse in the Park is open year-round and produces everything including original works, comedies, dramas, children's theatre, and musicals. Two movie theaters are also located within the town, The Cheri Theatre and the Cinema International.

Murray State University, home to approximately 10,000 students, is also located within the town. Murray State University participates in NCAA Division I college athletics, the highest level of collegiate athletics, which draws sports fans during their athletic seasons.

Murray and Calloway County has a lot to be proud of, from the community involvement of local businesses to dedicated, caring leaders in government and education to hard-working citizens within the community.

Area Links of Interests


Calloway County

Calloway County Property Valuation Administration

City of Murray

Murray-Calloway County Chamber of Commerce

Murray-Calloway County Economic Development Corporation

Murray Convention and Visitors Bureau

Murray Main Street


Murray-Calloway County Kyle-Oakley Field Airport

Murray Calloway Transit Authority


Murray Electric System

Murray Municipal Gas

Murray Municipal Sewer

Murray Municipal Water

West Kentucky Rural Electric


Murray Ledger & Times

Murray Life Magazine

WKMS-91.3 FM


Cheri Theater

Kentucky Lake

Lake Barkely

Murray-Calloway County Parks and Recreation

Murray Restaurants

Murray State University Sports

Playhouse in the Park

Regional Special Events Center


Calloway County Schools

Eastwood Christian Academy

Murray City Schools

Murray State University


Briggs & Stratton

Ellis Popcorn

Murray Mold & Die

Paschall Truck Lines

Pella Windows

Quest Pharmaceuticals

SouthEastern Book Company

S'portable Scoreboards

Wallis Stained Glass & Doors

Webasto Roof Systems


Murray-Calloway County Hospital

Primary Care Medical Center

Executive Demographic Summary (Based on stats from 2005)

Population: 34,741

Households: 13,730

Income: $32,661 (median)

Race & Ethnicity: 93.42% White, 3.49% Black, .28% Native American, 1.36% Asian/Pacific Islander, and .47% Other.

Housing: $51,731 Median Housing Value (1990); $82,957 (2000)

Employment: 18,071 people over the age of 16 in the labor force.

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