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!

Very friendly small town.
Reviewed by LOVETT
on May 16, 2012
Murray, what's not to love about a growing town with the friendliest small town feel. The warm embrace of neighbors, businesses, schools, and friends makes this a great community to grow with. Murray State University is the best! Go Racers! Vote for Murray!
Reviewed by Crystal N.
on May 16, 2012
I love it here! My entire family moved here from NC ten years ago.
Reviewed by AaronD
on May 16, 2012
Murray is the kind of community that everyone can call home. It's safe neighborhoods, friendly atmosphere, and caring citizens welcome all who visit or move here. I wouldn't want to live anywhere else.
Reviewed by Mamedlock
on May 16, 2012
We have felt an attachment to Murray since our college years. When we retired we moved back here. The people are friendly and welcoming in the businesses, churches, and medical facilities.
Reviewed by BonnieSnellen
on May 16, 2012
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