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!

No one is a stranger in town for very long. Some one will introduce themselves to you, quickly.
Reviewed by Bobthecpa
on June 1, 2012
Murray is a place where newcomers and visitors are made to feel like long lost friends, where everyone watches out for everyone else's children, where you can leave your doors unlocked at night, and where a helping hand is extended before your ask for it.
Reviewed by jkmitch1
on June 1, 2012
Everyone who comes to Murray for the first time, whether a student, retiree or visitor, is welcomed by the community. Friendly faces are seen community-wide, from campus to restaurants to citizens attending local events.
Reviewed by tourmurray
on June 1, 2012
great place to live and work.
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on June 1, 2012
It's a great place to be. Murray welcomes visitors and makes them feel and home in our friendly atmosphere.
Reviewed by warrenlawyer
on June 1, 2012
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