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.

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I came to Murray State University in 1972, met my future wife who I married in 1978 and had a daughter with in 1987. I was the City Administrator from 1995 to 2006 and was consistently blessed with the comments from out of town developers, industrial location specialists, subdivision developers and shopping center developers regarding the friendly response from everyone in the community and the community wide feeling of safety and support expressed from everyone who was questioned.
Reviewed by elias
on May 16, 2012
Murray is the best small town in the world! I have been to many places around the world, but Murray is the only one that makes you feel like home.
Reviewed by cgregory1
on May 16, 2012
travel all over, murray is a very friendly town
Reviewed by tammons
on May 16, 2012
Murray, Kentucky should be voted friendliest town in America! My parents, who live in another state, were just complaining that people don't want to talk to others anymore. Not in Murray! Friendly, friendly, friendly.
Reviewed by KatyWalls
on May 16, 2012
I was born and raised in Murray KY and just assumed that other towns were equally friendly. Moving away after completing degrees at Murray State quickly dispelled that assumption! Our move back to Murray was our 20th. It took several years, but my husband and I were both finally able to find jobs in our fields and move HOME! We wanted our children to grow up in the same friendly, caring, kind environment that made our childhoods so unique and special.Where else in the world could a 'wrong number' lead to a friendly conversation? Or an envelope full of cash be traced and returned to its owner? Or the local Angels Attic Thrift Shop provide $15,600 in monthly support so that uninsured fellow residents could receive free health care at the Angels Clinic? The list could go on and on. Murray is not just a friendly community, Murray cares!. What a blessing to call the friendliest town in America our HOME!
Reviewed by DonnaRuthGroganHerndon
on May 16, 2012
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