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!

Murray is absolutely one of the very friendliest towns in America! It is home of Murray State University, and their championship basketball team, the Racers. Nothing beats the small town atmosphere of Murray or the friendliness of its people!
Reviewed by iamsamiam58
on June 1, 2012
I was raised in Murray and graduated from Murray State University, home of the RACERS. I own a business in Murray and am a member of the Murray Rotary Club. I could live elsewhere and have lived in other cities but returned to Murray because of the people's warmth, generosity, and spirit. Murray is a great place to live, good schools, diverse economy, low unemployment, low property taxes, low crime rate. I believe that Murray is the friendliest small town in America.
Reviewed by jmshoemaker22
on June 1, 2012
Murray has a sense of community that is unmatched. Murray State University is home to many campus traditions, an outstanding athletic program, arts and culture and a progressive attitude. Community events are always taking place, making locals and visitors feel welcome. Wherever you go people are likely to strike up a conversation even though they've never met you. Friendly and smiling faces are everywhere.
Reviewed by murrayfan
on June 1, 2012
I have lived in Murray all of my life, however, I have traveled to many places and I have to say that Murray is the best place in the world. It is friendly and having access to the lakes is a big plus.
Reviewed by maharper_2000
on June 1, 2012
A great city to raise a family!
Reviewed by fosterjim1
on June 1, 2012
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