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've lived all over the country, from Washington state to Maine, from Texas to Ohio, and Murray, KY, is the place I've chosen to retire to. I've visited my sister, who lives here, several times over the last few years, and in just those few visits, I've come to know people here and to feel so much a part of this community that it was an easy decision to make. I've only lived here 4-1/2 months, but I already feel more at home than in any of the other dozen or so places I've lived. This is definitely a friendly and welcoming place--not to mention that it's one of the most beautiful places I've ever spent time in! Come see for yourself!
Reviewed by dream521
on June 4, 2012
Murray is full of people who are there with a helping hand,a warm hello and a smile for your neighbors and welcoming to all visitors.
Reviewed by msugoracers
on June 4, 2012
Great place to raise a family!
Reviewed by kfoster1
on June 1, 2012
Murray, Kentucky will be your new best friend. I am a native of Murray having been a social service worker in Murray/Calloway County and currently serve Murray and beyond as a real estate broker for KELLER WILLIAMS Experience Realty. People that come to Murray from other places tell us what we really have here in Murray, Kentucky...for example "Your town is so friendly." When I drive and show property in our county the local residents wave to us. When I drive down the road with clients, people are waving. I have had clients say to me, "you know everybody!". I have to respond, "I really don't know everyone. Everyone is just friendly". Because of our educational opportunities from pre school in both city and county school systems to a master's degree at Murray State University, low crime rate and recreational activities such as at Kentucky Lake, we were designated the No. 1 place to retire by Rand McNally, The idea swept the country and we had people relocate from North and South, East and West. I have had out of town people come to my real estate office, introduce themselves and then say.."We are going to a service station and down to Wal Mart to see how friendly the people are in Murray and if we find the people friendly we will be back to see you." "If we do not find the people friendly, you will not see us again." I always saw them again. Now, those friendly people have now joined the friendly people in Murray, Kentucky.
Reviewed by Loretta Jobs
on June 1, 2012
Wonderful small town in which to live and raise a family. Friendly, honest and hardworking folks!
Reviewed by donnaklj
on June 1, 2012
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