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Murray, Kentucky Area Profile

Including New Concord, Hazel, Blood River & Cypress Bay

Our Murray, Kentucky Area section of ExploreKentuckyLake.com covers the city of Murray, New Concord, Hazel, Blood River and the Kentucky portions of Cypress Bay located in eastern Calloway County.

Murray is the largest town in the Kentucky Lake area with over 18,000 residents.  Murray is about 15 minutes from Kenlake State Park.   Many lake-based businesses have a Murray address, even though that may not be in the city of Murray.

Also included in the Murray Area is the town of Hazel which features a couple of restaurants and several antique stores.  Hazel is approximately 25 minutes from Kentucky Lake.  Also located in the Murray Area is the New Concord community which is home to a few resorts and marinas on Kentucky Lake. 

Blood River is a large inlet of Kentucky Lake and is renowned for it's outstanding crappie fishing.  Cypress Bay is another large inlet of Kentucky Lake that straddles the Kentucky/Tennessee state line and is a fun place for water recreation.

A Closer Look at Calloway County, Kentucky

Transportation

Major highways in Calloway County include US Highway 641 and Kentucky 80.  The Murray/Calloway County Airport, also known as Kyle-Oakley Field, is a general aviation airport which has served the area for decades.  Featuring one 6200 foot runway (6200' x 100'), the airport handles small to medium-sized aircraft.  The airport also features fuel, hangars, a localizer, new runway lights, passenger terminal, an automated weather station, and much more.

Demographics

Calloway County has the highest number of residents in the Kentucky Lake Area with 38,000 people calling it home.  Due to the large student population of Murray State University, the average age of Calloway County residents is significantly lower than the national average.   

Murray is one of the fastest growing communities in Kentucky and is the commercial capital of the Kentucky Lake area.  The city has numerous restaurants and hotels as well as year-around events.

Education & Healthcare

Murray has this region's greatest education asset in Murray State University.  Not only does the county offer an excellent university, it also contains two outstanding school systems.  With numerous libraries and museums, Murray is an educational leader in the region.

Murray State University is a nationally accredited, four-year school that was founded in 1922 with just over 200 students as a teacher's college.  Now MSU offers seven academic colleges of study including Science, Engineering and Technology, Agriculture, Nursing and Health Professions, Continuing Education, Business, Education and Human Services, Humanities and Fine Arts for the 11,200 students enrolled. 

MSU's main campus is situated on 258 beautiful acres in the heart of Murray.  MSU also has campuses in Paducah, Hopkinsville, Madisonville, and Fort Campbell.  The institution also boasts national rankings in the highly-accredited US News and World Report:  America's Best Colleges. 

Calloway County School District is the larger of the two school districts in Calloway County. The Calloway County School System contains over 3,000 students.  With one high school, one middle school, three elementary schools and one pre-school, the Calloway County School System has a rich tradition in providing high-quality education for the people of this area.

Murray Independent School System provides a quality education for students within the city of Murray.   Year after year the Murray Independent School System proves itself an education leader with high markings on state and national tests.   Murray Independent Schools offer smaller class sizes and is ranked near the top of the state in test scores on an annual basis.

Murray is home of the largest pubic hospital in the lakes area, the Murray/Calloway County Hospital.  Serving the west Kentucky and northwest Tennessee region for over 100 years, MCCH is a 378-bed facility with over 75 physicians representing 26 medical specialties.

Murray's accreditations include the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the Kentucky Health Facilities and Health Services, the American Association of Blood Banks, and the Kentucky Department of Health and Human Services.

In 2010, Murray-Calloway County Hospital opened the new, state-of-the-art South Tower which encompasses five floors and features all private rooms.  The expansion features 158,000 square feet of additional space.

Government

The City of Murray has a mayor and 12 elected members on the City Council.  There are zoning regulations in the city limits, established by the 10-member, mayor-appointed, Murray Planning Commission. 

Hazel is Calloway County's only other incorporated city.  This small town located on the Kentucky/Tennessee border has a mayor and four commissioners. 

The Calloway County government is headed by the Fiscal Court - Calloway County Judge Executive and four magistrates.  There are five fire districts with several volunteer firefighters. Calloway County has a sheriff and 27 deputies.

Churches in Calloway County

There are numerous churches throughout Calloway County.  You'll find Baptist, Church of Christ, Methodist, Presbyterian and many others.  View a complete listing of Calloway County Churches.


Hoot
Photo by Susan Eizenga

If you are visiting Land Between The Lakes after dark, you are sure to hear the hoots of one of the many species of owls that can be found in this region.