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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Visitors to Murray (especially those from larger cities) soon discover that greetings on sidewalks are genuine, waitresses calling patrons 'hon' is endearing, and neighborly offers to help are sincere. This is a great town to visit and even a better place to live!
Reviewed by Town&Gown
on May 16, 2012
My wife and I moved to Murray for what we thought would be a short stay, but we had lived here only a month when we decided we wanted to spend the rest of our lives here. People have a simply delightful sense of neighborliness, and there seems always someone eager to help out anyone with a need to move, find a resource, etc. Murray is a particularly child-friendly place, with dozens of community activities ranging from youth theatre programs to an array of youth sports. Shopping and dining do not rise to the level of a larger city, but for the size of Murray, they are more than sufficient and close and easy to get to, and those larger cities are within easy driving distance. Murray has lovely trees and gardens, and folks take a special pride in their yards. Crime is so incredibly low that I have trouble convincing my children to lock the doors, and we can confidently leave our cars unlocked and let the kids play outside for hours alone. The university features scores of cultural activities ranging from the annual Shakespeare festival to weekly musical performances. Both school systems are excellent, and volunteerism among community members is off the charts. It's simply a wonderful place to live.
Reviewed by Dr. Ed
on May 16, 2012
Murray is very unique because you can't walk down the road or ride your bike without having to wave at everyone that passes. If there ever was a friendliest town in America it would have to be Murray.
Reviewed by d.sheridan
on May 16, 2012
Born & raised here, the very best place in the world to raise kids. Friendliest place I've ever been! : )
Reviewed by lclinton67
on May 16, 2012
Great place to live!
Reviewed by KarenCarpenter
on May 16, 2012
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