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!

Murray is full of 'southern hospitality' and charm!
Reviewed by jlmorris
on June 1, 2012
Murray KY is truly an amazing place to live. The people are helpful to strangers and residents alike. When a trauma occurs in a family, neighbors and others come to the rescue. It is a community of persons who care and this translates to friendly relations between everyone. It is a community with a kindship with nature. Children and adults have multiple activities which can be pursued with very little difficulty. There are Scenic Vistas in a National Recreation Area VERY close to murray. Lots of restaurants with a great diversity of food choices to satisfy any taste. The spirit that the community demonstrates around the 4th of July is remarkable including thousands who come in for the wondrous fireworks displays each year in the city. An overall class A community.
Reviewed by searcher
on June 1, 2012
Murray cares and supports its citizens. The community welcomes visitors with open arms and should be recognized as one of the 2012 Best Small Towns in America.
Reviewed by swyatt
on May 31, 2012
I have lived in Murray since I attended Murray State University. I met my husband here and we married and have a family. This has been a wonderful place for us to raise our family and for our children to grow and prosper.
Reviewed by HarlaMcClure
on May 31, 2012
It's a place where everyone waves and says hello.
Reviewed by slka_1
on May 31, 2012
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