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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Murray is not only one of the friendliest towns in America, but also one of the best places to raise a family. When you move to Murray the first thing EVERYONE asks is "where do you go to church?" Invariably the local will invite the newcomers/visitors to attend worship services with them. From the court square to the Murray State campus to the corners of Calloway County, this community is the definition of friendly.
Reviewed by Racers
on May 16, 2012
Murray is a wonderful, friendly city and a great place to live!
Reviewed by Jrottinghaus
on May 16, 2012
I came to Murray for a job in 2009 and there has never been one day that I haven't felt completely welcome and at home here. This town is fabulous!
Reviewed by lisacope
on May 16, 2012
wonderful place to raise a family
Reviewed by jccrawford
on May 16, 2012
great place to live/visit
Reviewed by wdearie
on May 16, 2012
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