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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Historically, an agricultural area with a college and now a bustling community in proximity to beautiful outdoor recreation areas, Murray's people are welcoming, nurturing and supportive in making this a wonderful place to raise a family, work and retire. The resources of Murray State University add immensely to cultural and athletic offerings. In addition, the town is blessed with fine schools , a beautiful park system and community offerings in theatre, dance, music and the visual arts. An unusually fine "town and gown" relationship exists between the university and the community.
Reviewed by saxmo
on June 1, 2012
Murray has always been a friendly place. People wave and smile whether they know you or not. The city has an unusually large number of places to eat and a wide variety of restaurants from which to choose: Mexican, oriental (Japanese, Chinese, Thai), world cuisine as well as a wide selection of fast food places. The Dairy Queen is a very successful hang-out for a place that only opens about half a year and has just basic menu items...none of the hamburgers, etc. in other DQs. the university probably contributes to that friendly atmosphere and the great food stops.
Reviewed by marggram
on June 1, 2012
Murray Kentucky is a great small college town located in the heart of the Jackson Purchase . Murray is graced by having it's own state university, Murray State. I have always loved this small Southern town and I always felt safe and loved the locals when I attended college there. Western Kentucky has a special feeling with the beautiful lakes, wildlife fishing, water recreation as well as MSU sports and cultural events. Magnolias line the central part of the campus at MSU, while charming brick businesses surround the courthouse square. Murray has a little of something for everyone. A great place to live and retire. I have the fondest memories of my years in Murray KY. Being a native Kentuckian I chose Murray State because of the town and the warm friendly people that call Murray home.
Reviewed by bkt1965
on June 1, 2012
Couldn't believe how much the people of Murray made me feel at home when I moved here. Have never experienced such hospitality. The people who live here love it and want you to do so as well.
Reviewed by cam12
on June 1, 2012
Great town... great people... can't imagine ever leaving
Reviewed by Syd
on June 1, 2012
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