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!

A great small town with just enough of the big town amenities to get you by but still keep that irresistible quality of small town America. Great food, friendly people, and numerous community events make this town a must stop for everyone. Combine this with the electric atmosphere of a campus town and you have a dynamic combination!!
Reviewed by WesleyHughes
on May 16, 2012
Wouldn't change a thing about this big little small town. Love it!
Reviewed by ashleighhope22
on May 16, 2012
Wonderful town! Very friendly!
Reviewed by LoriM
on May 16, 2012
i live in murray ky and it the freindlrst tow people just love everyone
Reviewed by sscott
on May 16, 2012
Community support for everyone. An example: The Murray Calloway County Soccer Association lost its concession due to arson in Feb. The concession stand housed all of their equipment including balls, nets, field flags, first aid kits, pennies, training equipment, etc for a monetary cost of over $25000. . The community pulled together and through donations and volunteers they were able to open the season on time. The Murray Leadership stepped forward and took on the project of raising funds to help rebuild the concession stand and restock it with the equipment needed to run it during the season. To date, they have raised over $22000 in monetary and in-kind donations. Way to go Murray - supporting the children of the community!!!
Reviewed by sngwilhelm
on May 16, 2012
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