Calloway County, Kentucky

Calloway County, Kentucky

Calloway County courthouse in Murray
Map of Kentucky highlighting Calloway County
Location in the U.S. state of Kentucky
Map of the United States highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded November 3, 1822
Named for Richard Callaway
Seat Murray
Largest city Murray
  Total 411 sq mi (1,064 km2)
  Land 385 sq mi (997 km2)
  Water 26 sq mi (67 km2), 6.3%
  (2010) 37,191
  Density 97/sq mi (37/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Calloway County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 37,191.[1] Its county seat is Murray.[2] The county was founded in November 1822 and named for Colonel Richard Callaway, one of the founders of Boonesborough.[3]

Calloway County comprises the Murray, KY Micropolitan Statistical Area.

As of July 18, 2012 Calloway County is a moist county: the sale of alcohol in the county is prohibited, with the exception of the city of Murray.


Calloway County has two public school districts. Murray Independent Schools and Calloway County Schools. The Murray Independent Schools is made up of one elementary school, one middle school, and one high school. The Calloway County Schools are made up of one preschool, three elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. the elementary schools are called North Calloway Elementary, East Calloway Elementary, and Southwest Calloway Elementary. Each elementary school has kids from grade kindergarten to fifth grade. The middle school has teens from grades sixth grade to eighth grade. And lastly the high school has teens from grades ninth to twelfth grade.


Calloway County was created in 1822 from land taken from Hickman County. The courthouse was built in 1823. A fire at the courthouse in 1906 caused the almost complete destruction of the county records.[4] Calloway county was named after Richard Callaway.[5]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 411 square miles (1,060 km2), of which 385 square miles (1,000 km2) is land and 26 square miles (67 km2) (6.3%) is water.[6]

Adjacent counties

National protected area


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201538,343[7]3.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1790-1960[9] 1900-1990[10]
1990-2000[11] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 34,177 people, 13,862 households, and 8,594 families residing in the county. The population density was 88 per square mile (34/km2). There were 16,069 housing units at an average density of 42 per square mile (16/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 93.48% White, 3.56% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 1.33% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.46% from other races, and 0.93% from two or more races. 1.38% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 13,862 households out of which 25.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.00% were married couples living together, 8.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.00% were non-families. 29.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.79.

The age distribution was 18.70% under the age of 18, 19.80% from 18 to 24, 24.60% from 25 to 44, 21.90% from 45 to 64, and 15.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. The relatively large 18-to-24 population is mostly due to the presence of Murray State University. For every 100 females there were 93.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,134, and the median income for a family was $39,914. Males had a median income of $31,184 versus $22,046 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,566. About 9.80% of families and 16.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.70% of those under age 18 and 10.00% of those age 65 or over.


  • Almo
  • Coldwater
  • Crossland
  • Dexter
  • Elm Grove
  • Faxon
  • Harris Grove
  • Hazel
  • Kirksey
  • Lynn Grove
  • Midway
  • Murray
  • New Concord
  • Shiloh
  • Stella
  • Wiswell
  • Penny

Place of interest

Notable people

See also


  1. 1 2 "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 6, 2014.
  2. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. "Calloway County". The Kentucky Encyclopedia. 2000. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  4. Hogan, Roseann Reinemuth (1992). Kentucky Ancestry: A Guide to Genealogical and Historical Research. Ancestry Publishing. p. 207. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  5. "Murray, Kentucky History". Retrieved 2016-04-23.
  6. "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  7. "County Totals Dataset: Population, Population Change and Estimated Components of Population Change: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  8. "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 11, 2015. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  9. "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  10. "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  11. "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  12. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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Coordinates: 36°37′N 88°16′W / 36.62°N 88.27°W / 36.62; -88.27

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