2012 Best Small Towns in America
Contest ended: May 16, 2012
1267 Votes - "Friendliest"
13 Votes - "Most Beautiful"
8 Votes - "Best For Food"
3 Votes - "Most Fun"
1 Votes - "Most Patriotic"
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!
- With the decline of morals in most of society, it was very refreshing to spend time in this wonderful town. Almost like being in a modern day episode of leave it to beaver. The most amazing fact is it is a college town, but still a slice of heaven.
- on January 27, 2013
- Murray definitely deserved the nomination! Loved it we traveled through!
- on September 13, 2012
- Great place to go to college. I met my wife there 7 years ago and I can see my shoe in the "shoe tree" picture that we nailed to the tree after we got married 5 years ago. Awesome place!
- on June 26, 2012
Best place to live and work!
- on May 16, 2012
- Great place to live and work
- on May 16, 2012