Calloway County

Welcome to Calloway County

Established in 1821 and named in honor of Colonel Richard Callaway, Calloway County is located in the Jackson Purchase Region of Kentucky. While this stunning area might seem like a rural paradise, it's also home to plenty of vibrant communities, beautiful Kentucky Lake, and Murray State University.

Eager to call Calloway County home? Let's explore everything it has to offer.

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At a Glance

Getting Around

Major roads: KY-80, US-641, KY-94 
Memphis International Airport: 3 hours, 5 minutes
Martin, TN: 59 minutes
Mayfield, KY: 25 minutes
Paducah, KY: 49 minutes


Population: 39,001
Largest city: Murray
County seat: Murray
Median home value: $134,852

Communities of Calloway County


As the seat of Calloway County, Murray is the area's largest city and boasts a population of more than 37,000 residents. Here, you can explore the Clara M. Eagle Art Gallery, trek through three local parks, or cheer on the Murray State Racers at one of their home games.


Don't be fooled by Hazel's size—this tiny town is filled with personality and tons of Southern-inspired attractions. There's plenty to do on Main Street, which showcases antique shops, boutiques, and the Hazel Folk Art Gallery. Don't forget to attend the town's annual Hazel Day, too!


With a population of just under 300 residents, Dexter is an unincorporated community ideal for anyone looking to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Though Dexter doesn't have many stores or restaurants of its own, residents can find everything they need along US-641.

Things to Do in Calloway County

What You'll LOVE in Calloway County

Growing cities, small towns, rural paradises—no matter what you're looking for, you'll surely find it in Calloway County. Here are a few more local spots you're sure to love.

Shopping & dining

Feeling hungry? Calloway County has something to satisfy just about every palate, so you'll never have to travel far for a delicious meal. Locals often recommend Rudy's on the Square, a casual spot in Murray that serves up delicious American fare. Other favorites include Sirloin Stockade and The Keg in Murray.

Calloway County also offers a diverse mix of locally owned stores, as well as a few big-box retailers. The area is known for its plentiful selection of antique stores, many of which are located in Murray and Hazel. You'll find even more shopping spots scattered around Murray State University.

Parks and recreation

If you love the outdoors, Calloway County could be the perfect place to call home. For those looking to learn more about the area's history, try visiting the 1,000+ acre Fort Donelson National Battlefield. The city of Murray has its own dog park, arboretum, and is just minutes away from Lake Kentucky, a popular spot for boating, hiking, and RVing.

Educational opportunities

Most students living in the area are zoned for the Calloway County School District, but residents of Murray attend the Murray Independent School District. MISD is one of the highest performing districts in all of Kentucky, while CCSD is known for its vast selection of extracurriculars and sports. Many graduates also go on to attend Murray State University, which offers 11 associate, 64 bachelor, and 42 master's programs. 

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