Relocating to Murray

Relocation and Retirement

Calloway County offers a low cost of living, low property taxes, a four-season climate and excellent educational systems. The town was named the Friendliest Small Town in America by Rand McNally and USA Today, and one of the 100 best communities for young people, making Murray an ideal place to live and work.

With nearby access to Interstate 24, Murray is just a matter of hours from Nashville, St. Louis, Louisville and Memphis. With close proximity to these major cities, residents can spend time enjoying the attractions of a large city, then at the end of the day drive back home to the small town atmosphere they love.

Murray has long been known for its attractiveness to retirees. The city has been consistently ranked as one of the top retirement communities in America.

Specific criteria are important in designating this community as a great place to settle down. These criteria include a low crime rate, high-quality medical care, low cost of living, low tax rates, mild climate, availability of adult education, close proximity to a major city and a friendly atmosphere. In addition, Calloway County has been ranked one of the top 10 healthiest counties in Kentucky for the past six years.


Murray is no stranger to awards. In addition to being named the Friendliest Small Town in America by Rand McNally and USA Today, the community constantly receives other recognition and awards.

Playful City USA is an award created to recognize towns across the country that have encouraged playing as an essential element of a child's development. In 2015, Murray was was named a Playful City for the eighth time.

In addition to being honored as a Playful City, Murray was also named one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People three years in a row. According to the America's Promise website, the community has continuously made the list 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 and school collaboration; encouraging and supporting youth voice, engagement and leadership; and measuring progress over time."

In 2014, real estate blog Movoto named Murray the number one place to live in Kentucky, citing "low cost of living, some of the finest weather in the state, good air quality and low income tax rate," as the reasons for the top ranking.

These awards are showing the country something residents already know-- that Murray is a great place to call home.


Calloway County Schools

The Calloway County School System continues to be recognized as one of the top school districts in the Commonwealth. The distinguished system consists of one preschool, three elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. Calloway County schools employ 500 faculty members and staff and serve approximately 3,200 students.

Calloway County Schools is a true comprehensive school system with more than 60 clubs and organizations to spark the interest of students.

Murray Independent Schools

The Murray Independent School District (MISD) mission “Every Student, Every Day:  Tradition, Pride and Excellence,” is deeply-rooted in MISD’s past and present. The system consists of four institutions: a preschool, elementary, middle and high school.

In the 2015 rankings of the best K-12 Schools in Kentucky, MISD ranked 5th out of 174 public school districts in the Commonwealth. The latest U.S. News & World Report ranked Murray High School 20th within Kentucky high schools and recognized Murray High as one of the best high schools in the nation.

Eastwood Christian Academy

The purpose of Eastwood Christian Academy is to educate and train the whole student—physically, socially, intellectually, and spiritually.  ECA believes the student must honor the rights of others and respect the individual’s freedom. According to the school's website, not only must a young person have his appearance and actions reflect the Lord, but he must also have wisdom, knowledge, and understanding to serve the Lord.

Community Profile

Population: 17,981
Median Age: 28.9 years old
Sales Tax: 6% (Prescription drugs and groceries exempt)
Churches: More than 120 in Calloway County and the region
Annual Average Temperature: 58.37 degrees
Median Household Income: $31,268
Average Home Sale Price: $104,560
Home Ownership Rate: $48.2%*
Homes Owned: 7,063
Homes Rented: 4,250
Median Years in Residence: 3*
Average Household Size: 2.07*
Population Density: 129/square mile
Median Travel Time to Work: 11.95 minutes
Geography: Centrally located with easy access to an interstate highway system, within a day's drive of 60% of the nation's population.
*Please note that the Murray State student population affects these numbers

"Murray, Kentucky, is the greatest. You walk down the street and everyone has a smile and a hello for you. I wouldn't live anywhere else." – kareeves, review

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