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!

Great town and great tourism office and super friendly folks. Some many activities and Greta college town.
Reviewed by Jasonp
on May 29, 2012
The reason I came back to Kentucky to retire
---warmth of Murray hospitality!
Reviewed by jepenner
on May 29, 2012
We moved here in 1978, intending to stay for 2 years, well, we are still here and find it very friendly, and is very kid friendly!!
Reviewed by pudgie
on May 29, 2012
I LOVE this town! I spent 5 years here as an undergrad at Murray State University. Whenever I make it back to town, it's like coming home.
Reviewed by gibsonsmommy04
on May 24, 2012
I've lived here for about 15 years now. You can always count on a perfect stranger to help you with the littlest or biggest problem if it is in their capabilties. There's great energy and enthusiasm in all of the citizens of Murray! It really is one of the best places in America!
Reviewed by tommoore82
on May 24, 2012
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