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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very nice place to live and visit.
Reviewed by mdial
on June 1, 2012
I was born in Murray but moved away in 1977 and was gone 29 years. When I returned Murray had definitely grown, however, the "hello, how are you", was still the same. When we go to restaurants, shopping, grocery store, it is so easy to strike up a conversation because it's almost like a family atmosphere. There are so many events that take place in Murray. The town just seems to come together and it makes everything so much fun. Our car club participates in different parades and it's wonderful to drive down Main Street and see so many happy faces along the parade route. After living in a large city, it was wonderful to come back home to so many friendly and happy people.
Reviewed by ShirleyHart1943
on June 1, 2012
My husband and I moved to Murray eight years ago. We couldn't believe how friendly everyone was. Our neighborhood ladies get together each month for a luncheon. Store clerks go out of their way to help you. The community generously supports many charities such as Relay for Life or United Way. I am grateful each day to live in a community like Murray,
Reviewed by dm48
on June 1, 2012
On our first day in Murray over 40 years ago, we were invited to join the local country club and to attend one of the mainline churches. Today, it retains that small-town acceptance of newcomers and natives alike, no matter what their background may be. Town and Gown relations are excellent unlike many university communities.
Reviewed by dcella
on June 1, 2012
I moved here about 6 years ago from Chicago. People always ask what brought me here, or if I would ever consider moving back? My response is always the same, I don't see myself moving back, Murray is full of friendly and inviting people. We moved here to get away from the "hustle and bustle" of the big city and Murray is the perfect place to do that. From the businesses to the people, everything about Murray invites you in. It's beautifully located close to the lakes for summertime fun and offers a number of different attractions to keep visitors and residents of all ages entertained. Murray is one of its kind, and I am proud to be a member of its community!
Reviewed by bmoline85
on June 1, 2012
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