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!

It's Very Friendly Town
Reviewed by chippy27
on June 1, 2012
Murray has been home for 15 years and is a wonderful town filled with friendly people. It balances the small-town feel with amenities that larger cities enjoy. The small-town feel can be seen on the courthouse square, which is in constant improvement and renovation thanks to Murray Main Street, where you can find many locally-owned shops and restaurants. It also can be felt when eating at one of the many great restaurants around town, when you will receive service with a smile. The larger city amenities are found on campus at Murray State University, which brings big-name concerts (Lady Antebellum, Maroon 5, Jason Mraz, to name a few), plays and sports to its venues. The tourism commission hosts numerous festivals and events throughout the year that bring in tons of visitors. While many of the restaurants and shops are locally-owned, there also is a wide range of chain stores. The hospital brings big city medicine to a small town and has many services most would not find in a town the size of Murray. There are many reasons to travel outside of Murray but not as many as you might have in other communities. Above all, the atmosphere in Murray, Ky. is one of true community. We stick up for each other and work together to build a better life for ourselves, our families and our visitors.
Reviewed by Murray97
on June 1, 2012
Having been raised just outside of Murray, KY and having traveled extensivly throughout the U.S., I find Murray, KY to be the best place to live. Our community is the friendliest place on earth. There are events throughout the year to involve everyone from the "youngest" to the "oldest". We are an athletic town, which backed and followed Murray State Racer Basketball team to the winning game. Our Mayor, City Council, Police Department, Fire Department, School system, Library, and Churches are the friendliest through out the Nation. They are always striving to stay on top of all activities to keep us the "friendliest smalltown" in the U.S.
Reviewed by purple
on June 1, 2012
Growing up in Murray probably gave me unrealistic expectations about how people would act in the world...Murray is kind, warm and utterly, inescapably friendly.
Reviewed by AlysonEnglish
on June 1, 2012
People are so friendly because of there is such a strong sense of community with everyone pitching in to make it a better, and even more friendly, place.
Reviewed by mbtracy
on June 1, 2012
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