Murray, KY
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Murray is a medium-sized city located in the state of Kentucky. With a population of 18,954 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Murray is the 22nd largest community in Kentucky.

Murray real estate is some of the most expensive in Kentucky, although Murray house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Unlike some cities, Murray isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Murray are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Murray is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Murray who work in office and administrative support (14.97%), sales jobs (10.09%), and food service (9.58%).

Murray is a small town with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped Murray to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 15.28 minutes getting to work every day.

The education level of Murray citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 34.30% of adults in Murray have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Murray in 2010 was $18,263, which is middle income relative to Kentucky, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $73,052 for a family of four. However, Murray contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Murray is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Murray home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Murray residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Murray include German, English, Scottish, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Murray is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.