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!

AWESOME!!! Southern hospitality and friendly for anyone- great place
Reviewed by canderson2
on May 24, 2012
I was raised in Murray, but moved away when I was 21...While raising my daughter, we made multiple trips to Murray to visit my parents...My daughter loved it! She would always come home talking about how 'friendly' everyone was...'Everyone there smiles at you, they're happy!' 'Even the people in their cars are smiling!!' It was not an environment she was used to, but from the mouths of babes!!
Reviewed by LCort13
on May 24, 2012
"I wasn't born here, but I got here as quick as I could" describes the feeling one gets when they come to Murray. It's impossible to stay a stranger for very long. You are made to feel welcome and wanted in the churches, the schools, the organizations, the stores and even walking down the street. If you are from an area that isn't open and warm, practice your "Howdy's" and "How's it goings" because you will be using them a lot. Put out a call for help with a project and you will always get assistance. You will be made to feel that you an important part of this community just by being here.
Reviewed by traveltj
on May 24, 2012
I have lived near Murray, KY all of my life and have worked in Murray for 10 + years. Of all small towns I have visited, Murray is THE friendliest.
Reviewed by nstrong
on May 24, 2012
Murray is one of the friendliest towns I have lived in. You can always count on the people to be very friendly and welcoming.
Reviewed by KFarmer791
on May 24, 2012
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