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!

I am a "born and raised" Murrayan! But, I've had the experience of moving away for a few years and choosing to return to Murray and Calloway County. As a local realtor, I'm asked this question over and over again--"What makes Murray so special?" I honestly answer by describing Murray as the most welcoming, open-minded, friendliest community I've ever experienced. When my children were learning to drive, I noticed they mimicked me by driving with two hands at the top of the steering wheel so they could quickly raise their right hand to wave. I love the neighborly feeling I experience every time I walk into a local store or restaurant. How nice it is to have a waitress bring my drink order before I even place it--she just remembers what I like! Most of all, I know that this loving, friendly environment is not temporary--it's been a part of who we are for generations and will continue to be that way for generations to come. .
Reviewed by galebc
on May 16, 2012
The frienddliest and most beautiful Town I have ever visited.
Reviewed by PattyRandolph
on May 16, 2012
I was born and raised in Murray, KY on a dairy farm, which is the only one still in operation today. I have also had the opportunity to travel throughout the US and in several foreign countries. The reason I chose to stay in Murray to attend school at Murray State University and raise my family here is because Murray offers many opportunities. But the best thing about Murray is the people who live and work here.
Reviewed by gwincheter
on May 16, 2012
Moved here 1.5 years ago with my husband who works at the university. We were welcomed from the beginning!
Reviewed by robyna222
on May 16, 2012
What's not to love about Murray?!
Reviewed by rthomason
on May 16, 2012
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