B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$131,000
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$562
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    62%
  • Own
    38%

Murray Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    64
    273
  • Murder
    5
    6
  • Rape
    53
    41
  • Robbery
    43
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    601
    525
  • Theft
    2,525
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    122
    263

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$26,005
National
$53,889
Children
14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    15%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    24%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    16%
    13%
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I love Murray, KY due to the large rural areas. There's a lot of farm land and you you like being outside enjoying nature, this is the place for you. The community has a friendly atmosphere and we have a growing college right here in town. Another plus versus some other areas I've stayed in, the cost of living isn't outrageous and is actually reasonable!
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It's considered the friendliest town in America so that's something to be proud of. Being close to the university provides a lot of opportunities to meet other young adults with similar interests. It's also very close to Paducah and Nashville, so weekend trips to bigger cities are feasible. I think that the university is getting bigger, which means the town is definitely growing. There are plenty of new apartment complexes being built, and other amenities that go along with a bigger population, like more restaurants, stores, gyms, etc. But it still has the small-town, homey feel that makes it full of life.
Murray was extremely hard to move to coming from a large town. It is a friendly city with the nicest people in the whole world, but it is so extremely removed from the real world. Technology and chain stores are just lacking here and it is a struggle to find a store like Target or a mall. If you would like to visit a local mall, it's a minimum of a 45 minute drive. However, it is extremely safe with very little crime and the public schools are fantastic. Murray State University is a quaint little university that the town supports entirely.