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!

Murray is a wonderful place to live and raise a family. If you walk down the street, even if you don't know the person you recognize them, and everyone says "hello". We are very fortunate to have wonderful school systems, a great university,along with many activities for all ages.
Reviewed by Racerlady
on June 4, 2012
VOTE, if you haven't; Murray needs your vote; tonight's the last night to vote for Murray, KY - friendliest small town in America!
Reviewed by Mama Jo
on June 4, 2012
You just can't beat Murray, KY!!! There is something for everyone - playhouse in the park for the theater buffs - the lakes area for the outdoorsmen - Murray State always has something going on, not just for the students, but everyone in the community - there's definitely no shortage on restaurants - and then there is just that local hometown feel, even when people move away for jobs or family, they end up coming back once they get the chance....
Reviewed by sparker
on June 4, 2012
Once you meet someone from Murray, you are like old friends after that. You can't go anywhere without seeing a familiar face that is happy to see you. It is not uncommon to find yourself chit-chatting with someone when you went to the store for only a few things.
Reviewed by jrh0913
on June 4, 2012
Great place to raise a family! I've lived here all my life and can't imagine calling anywhere else HOME.
Reviewed by sfurches
on June 4, 2012
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