Murray, Kentucky


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

361 Votes - "Friendliest"
6 Votes - "Most Beautiful"
4 Votes - "Most Patriotic"
2 Votes - "Most Fun"
1 Votes - "Best For Food"


The Friendliest Small Town title only adds to Murray’s accolades as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People and a Playful City USA recipient. Not only is this a prime location for young people as the home of Murray State University, it’s also certified as a retirement community and an ideal location for all ages with such friendly residents.

Murray State is a prime attraction in this small town. A public university with over 10,000 students, its presence provides athletics, art and entertainment for the entire community. The campus hosts The Clara M. Eagle Gallery, which features everything from photography and new media to woodwork, ironwork, sculpture and student art, and the Wrather West Kentucky Museum, which exhibits the regions history and development.

Visitors should not miss local landmarks like Murray Court Square and Central Park or area lakes and outdoor recreation. Central Park boasts a disc golf course, dog park, and theater classes, performances and youth programs through Playhouse in the Park. Kentucky and Barkley Lakes, connected by a canal, offer recreation, camping and attractions. From go-karts to water parks or fishing and hunting, the area offers something for everyone in a beautiful natural setting.

Hosting several seasonal festivals each year, Murray is best known for its annual Freedom Fest celebration, which includes street fairs, cookouts, concerts and a parade amongst the four days of events. People come from all over to join in the family fun, run the 5K, and view the fireworks finale.

Check out Murray's reviews for more!

Moved here a year ago when we retired because we love this town. Everyone is friendly, and the way the community, churches and university work together is amazing. Lots of areas to get involved.
Reviewed by janmike
on June 1, 2012
My wife and I choose Murray 5 years ago as our new home. We had traveled across the country 3 times on road trips and had visited many places in our travels. From our first visit it stood out as a place where people cared and were very friendly and helpful. It has proven to be the best choice we could have made for a friendly small town with lots to offer.
Reviewed by adf
on June 1, 2012
Murray was voted one of the best 100 Communities in the U.S. the past four years. It is also one of only three cities in the state of Kentucky named as a Playful City. Murray has a history of excellence with Rand McNally, dating back to the late 80's when it was named the top retirement community in the United States.
Reviewed by MayorWells
on June 1, 2012
There are many service organizations in Murray, and I love how they all work together to make Murray a wonderful place to be. And with Murray State University right here, what's not to love?
Reviewed by DianaThomason
on June 1, 2012
This town is built on the word LOVE. When we have people that come to visit , live or work we just reach out with LOVE and take them in. They are part of our family and we treat them as family. Friendly, family and love is our way of life here in Murray, Kentucky and we are raised to honor these three things along with OUR GOD. It is His will that we do.
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