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!

I was born and raised in Murray. I went to college at Murray State University. It is a great town to live and raise a family. I love to come home and visit.
Reviewed by danakelley
on May 30, 2012
Murray is a small southern town in all the positive ways but because of the people and University it seems to be a much larger place in terms of things to do and see.
Reviewed by jamesgantt
on May 30, 2012
Murray is my hometown. I love it for the our friendly, involved community always striving to maintain a high quality of life.
Reviewed by
on May 29, 2012
Murray is a great place. Folks here are always willing to help community members in need. Safe, fabulous schools with teachers who know and care about their students. People wave when you pass them in the street, hold up traffic to let you out into a line of cars...just a really great place to live.
Reviewed by SallyBouley
on May 29, 2012
Great place to be! Go Racers!
Reviewed by JustinGibbs
on May 29, 2012
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