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!

Without question, Murray is the most friendly place I have ever visited. Many years ago I drove into Murray not knowing anyone. I spent 2 years there and left with life long friends and still today miss them and the charm of the community. Having lived in many places accross the country I do know how important it is to feel the wormth of a community. I don't get a chance to get back there very often these days because of my schedule but I do stay in touch with the people and when I am within 50 miles I takea drive through and have those great memories again.
Reviewed by
on September 16, 2013
Murray has the beauty of small town charm and the love of community. When one thinks of Friendliest Community, Murray,Ky is at the top of the list. Around here friendly means; 1- Waving as you meet a passing car 2- Opening doors for everyone 3- Giving that extra dollar that a child needs to finish paying for a toy 4- Letting someone with only a few items go in front of you 5- Standing in line to get tickets for a MSU game and given free tickets by a fellow fan 6- Pulling over and showing respect for a funeral procession 7- Greeting a fellow morning walker with a 'Smile' & a 'Wave' Since 7 is my lucky number I will stop here. However; the list could go on and on. Murray, Ky is like no other!
Reviewed by lisaghendricks
on September 16, 2013
friendly people live and worship here. great schools, just good place to live. love Murray KY
Reviewed by pdial6543
on September 3, 2013
Another reason Murray Kentucky is such a friendly town is because of Man's Best Friend. It is because of Man's Best Friend that Murray has a dog park. But it is not JUST a dog park. Allow me to explain by starting at the beginning-before there was a dog park that was not JUST a dog park. Lost But Love Animal Rescue decided that the people of Murray (and their dogs) were ready for a dog park. So four rescue volunteers raised all the money needed through fundraisers. The Director of Parks provided an area of the park that was not being utilized. Local businesses such as Lowes, Kroger, Wright Way Nursery, and McCuiston Excavation among others donated materials. A Boy Scout Troop designed and built a dog agility course. The fire department kept the new sod and newly planted trees from dieing in the hot dry summer heat by spraying water on them. Even the Park Rangers helped by shining their car headlights on the area at night so the rescue volunteers could dig the fence post holes and mix concrete when the summer temps were cooler after dark. After much hard work, determination, and encouragement, the only dog park in western Kentucky was ready to welcome the dogs and their pet parents. It was because so many different people in Murray freely came forward that the dog park became not JUST a dog park. It is now a people park, as well. Now besides being a town of friendly people, we also have friendly dogs. So come and visit our dog park and bring your dog, too.
Reviewed by linda speer
on September 3, 2013
Murray fits into all the categories listed very well, but everyone here has always been friendly to me, so thought I would vote this time for that one.
Reviewed by jeckstein
on September 3, 2013
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