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 sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Murray who work in office and administrative support (16.41%), sales jobs (10.99%), and teaching (10.69%).

Murray is a place where college students are a big part of the character and culture of the town. Small towns have often struggled with declining populations over the past few decades, but the presence of such a large college student population has helped Murray to fight this trend. Not only does the college population add spending and jobs to local economy, but it also contributes a very tangible, youthful energy to the town.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Murray spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 14.79 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

In terms of college education, Murray is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 33.74% of adults in Murray have a college degree.

The per capita income in Murray in 2010 was $16,952, which is lower middle income relative to Kentucky, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $67,808 for a family of four. However, Murray contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Murray also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 35.53% of its population below the federal poverty line.

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 Irish, English, Scottish, and Italian.

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