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Calloway County, Kentucky
Calloway County courthouse in Murray, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Calloway County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of USA KY
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1823
Named for Colonel Richard Callaway (1724–1780), pioneer.
Seat Murray
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

410.79 sq mi (1,064 km²)
386.25 sq mi (1,000 km²)
24.53 sq mi (64 km²), 5.97
 - (2010)
 - Density

88/sq mi (34/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Calloway County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It was formed in 1823. As of 2010, the population was 37,191. Its county seat is Murray, Kentucky.[1] The county is named for Colonel Richard Callaway, one of the founders of Boonesborough. It was created on November 3, 1822, from Hickman County.

Calloway County is a limited dry county, meaning that sale of alcohol in the county is prohibited except by the drink in restaurants seating at least 100 diners in Murray and at the Murray Golf Course.

Calloway County is home to two school systems, the Murray Independent School District and the Calloway County School District.

Geography Edit

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 410.79 square miles (1,063.9 km2), of which 386.25 square miles (1,000.4 km2) (or 94.03%) is land and 24.53 square miles (63.5 km2) (or 5.97%) is water.[2]

Adjacent countiesEdit

National protected areaEdit

Demographics Edit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 5,164
1840 9,794 89.7%
1850 8,096 −17.3%
1860 9,915 22.5%
1870 9,410 −5.1%
1880 13,295 41.3%
1890 14,675 10.4%
1900 17,633 20.2%
1910 19,867 12.7%
1920 20,802 4.7%
1930 17,662 −15.1%
1940 19,041 7.8%
1950 20,147 5.8%
1960 20,972 4.1%
1970 27,692 32.0%
1980 30,031 8.4%
1990 30,735 2.3%
2000 34,177 11.2%
2010 37,191 8.8%

As of the census[3] 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.

Micropolitan Area Edit

According to the 2000 census, the Murray Micropolitan Statistical Area is composed of Calloway County. A micropolitan area is one that is too small to be a metropolitan area, but has a central city of at least 10,000 people.

Cities and towns Edit

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

Places of interest Edit

Notable Calloway Countians Edit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  2. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

External linksEdit

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

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