Murray : Kentucky


What It Is Like to Retire in Murray

If you have been looking for a retirement community in a low-key college town then Murray, with almost 18,000 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 to active adults 55+ living in this charming college town. Murray State has 10,000 students.

In addition to cultural opportunities in Murray, but 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. Photo of the Clara Eagle Gallery in the Fine Arts Building courtesy of Wikipedia and Thelatchkeykid in the public domain.


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

Who Will Like Retirement in Murray

Murray attracts a community of who would like to live in a college town and participate in that environment.
Use this link for a page that explains the various types of retirement communities

Local Economy Is Driven by

Murray's economy is driven by education (Murray State University), tourism, and construction

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+").
View Google Map for Murray For Kentucky Craigslist

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

What people are saying about Murray

state information
In answer to Codger's question, we suggest you use the State Retirement Guides on this site, which focus on the state situation. Otherwise we have to repeat the same info over and over again in the city reviews. Of course anyone who can amplify the city reviews can login and do so thanks. Also, if you use the zoom in/zoom out tool on the map in the city review you will get a very good idea of where that particular city is located. See
Posted by topretirementseditor on January 24, 2013
What is the state sales tax? What is the income tax? How does the state compare to other states? Please make these targeted areas more attractive with sound specific data. They all are rather bland and sound the same!
Posted by codger1 on January 23, 2013
Specifics please
How far is \"far\" from the nearest large city? How far out in the sticks is Murray?
Posted by codger1 on January 23, 2013

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