Considering Retirement? Consider Marshall County

Marshall County, home of Kentucky Lake, has been an attractive place to retire for decades.  However, the publicity associated with being selected as one of the top retirement areas in a national publication several years ago put the area in the spotlight.  The 1995 edition of Retirement Places rated the Kentucky Lake area, which borders Marshall and Calloway counties, 61st on the list of 183 areas in the nation.  Communities move up and down the list as new editions are published.  No major changes have occurred since the area acquired this ranking.  Therefore, Marshall County remains an attractive area to retire for people who enjoy the outdoors, a four season climate and a location within a day's drive of 70% of the United States population. Also, Kentucky only taxes your pension and retirement income from all sources on any amount greater than $39,400 per year per person.

Landscape:  Kentucky Lake is one of the world's largest man-made lakes formed more than 40 years ago by damming the Tennessee River.  The surrounding country is gently rolling and heavily forested with oak, hickory, walnut, maple, elm ash, and sweet chestnut trees, with lower layers of small trees and shrubs.

Climate:  Hot continental, with moderately cold winters and warm, humid summers.   Precipitation is ample and well distributed throughout the year.  Most days, even those in the winter, are suitable for outdoor activity.  Spring and Fall are the most comfortable seasons.  Fall, the sunniest season is typically remarkably free from storms or cold.  Kentucky Lake scored just below Fort Meyers, Florida, Cape Coral, Florida, and above Winchester, Virginia in the climate category.

Personal Safety/Crime:  Kentucky Lake ranked number 14 in the personal safety category making it one of the safest area in the country.

Violent Crime Rates Property Crime Rates  
Auto Theft
Total 174   Total 1,818

Housing:  This important criteria ranked the Kentucky Lake area number 4 in the realistic home values category.  With average home costing $65,500 and $116,000 in the upper 10%.  Alternative Housing in the area -  18% Mobile Homes, 3% Apartments.

Services:  The area ranked 29th for services which includes continuing education, office-based physicians, public libraries, public transportation and short-term general hospitals.  Considering the completion from larger communities, this is an impressive ranking.

Outdoor Assets:  Kentucky Lake and Barkley Lake are magnets for warm water anglers throughout the Midwest.  Combined they are the second largest manmade water systems in America, and their 3,500 miles of shoreline provide countless coves, bays, finders and hideaways for bass.   Largemouth and spotted (Kentucky bass are plentiful, and smallmouth bass have become especially prominent in recent as well as crappie. Inland water:  59.94 square miles

State Recreation Areas:  
Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park (1,351 acres)
Kenlake State Resort Park (1,795 acres)

National Recreation Area:   Land Between the Lakes (170,000 acres)

Other amenities:  There are also plenty of golf courses, movie theatres, bowling alleys, art centers, mall shopping, antique shopping within a 25 mile radius of Kentucky Lake.

When you consider everything we have to offer, we think you will agree that Marshall County has it all! 
Thanks for considering Marshall County as your new home!

programs & services for Senior Citizens

Benton Senior Citizens Center
1713 Golf Course Road, Benton, KY
(270) 527-9860
Calvert City Senior Citizens Center
203 Aspen Street, Calvert City, KY
(270) 395-4470
Hardin Senior Citizens Center
112 High School Street, Hardin, KY
(270) 437-4593
The Stilley House Assisted Living
971 Birch Street, Benton, KY
(270) 527-1700
Lakeland Wesley Village Apartments
1127 Village Road, Benton, KY
(270) 354-8888
Morgan-Trevathan Housing
1003 Elm Street
(270) 252-0111
Caring People Services
1049 Jefferson Street, Paducah, KY
(270) 575-4529
Shared Care Adult Daycare
80 Commerce Blvd., Benton, KY
(270) 762-1537 or (270) 527-2325
Lakeview Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
U. S. Highway 641 S, Benton, KY
(270) 527-3296
Calvert City Convalescent Center
1201 5th Avenue SE, Calvert City, KY
(270) 395-4125
Oakview Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
10456 U.S. Highway 62, Calvert City, KY
(270) 898-6288

to request reloCation packet

Interested folks can call the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce at 270-527-7665 OR send an email to and request a free Relocation Packet. Be sure and give your mailing address and any special interests you may have.