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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Murray is a vibrant college town with an amazing sense of civic pride and responsibility. During the ice storm of 2009 the community organized itself to help those who needed shelter and supplies with the NPR station WKMS broadcasting to keep the community informed. Whenever there is an emergency at the University such as a dorm fire or bomb threat the community rallys to pick up students and take them into their homes. The town and university reciprocate support and each enriches the other socially and culturally. Murray exemplifies the best of a town and gown model of support and mutual admiration. It is a great community to live and work.
Reviewed by rcampoy
on June 1, 2012
Hometown of Lance Allison, enough said.
Reviewed by marcinmurray
on June 1, 2012
I love Murray, Ky. Its got shopping and restaurants, a college and lots of friendly people..and its not too big..still small enough to have that hometown feel..a great little city!!
Reviewed by angelam975
on June 1, 2012
If your car broke down there would be a traffic jam of people offering to help
Reviewed by xpgw43b
on June 1, 2012
I grew up in KY and lived in many places in the US. Came back to Murray is home to the happiest and most caring people I have ever met.
Reviewed by ron47
on June 1, 2012
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