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 moved here four years ago after living 20 miles away for 23 years. I have known for a long time that it is a great town and although I was not born here, I got here as soon as I could and have no intention of ever leaving.A great little friendly town!!
Reviewed by ad4qs
on June 1, 2012
Murray is one of God's special places on earth. Six years ago I decided to take a job that took me away from Murray. This job had me traveling to a different city everyday 4 days a week. You can only imagine the number of states and cities I saw and visited in this 6 year period. No matter how many cities I found myself in none were anything like Murray. SO after 6 years I decided I had seen enough of small town America and I packed my things up and moved back home to Murray. When I arrived in Murray it felt like the town just gave me a great big hug. I love this town, the people who make this town what it is and it is by far the friendliest town in America!!
Reviewed by stodd2
on June 1, 2012
Blest to have been born in Murray and appreciate the friendliest people in the world! It's amazing, as a health care professional who meets new citizens of Murray and lot's of the student at Murray State University they will invaribly comment on how friendly everyone is and how such cooperation exist among residents, students and visitors...
Reviewed by oldocyoung
on June 1, 2012
My daughter attended Murray State University and loved the city of Murray. After she graduated, she stayed in Murray, so we visited Murray many times. We loved the friendliness of the people. When we retired, we decided to move to Murray - The Friendliest Town In America!
Reviewed by goracers21
on June 1, 2012
Welcome Home to Murray.
Reviewed by lsatterwhite
on June 1, 2012
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