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!

We are so happy to have retired here in 2004. It does feel like home.
Reviewed by jlittle4
on June 1, 2012
In 1947 the Murray-Calloway County Chamber of Commerce Viewbook stated, "Murray is a friendly town: For generations the people of Murray have been noted for their gracious hospitality and the sincere welcome extended to visitors temporarily in the community and to new citizens who have come to make their homes. In this town, people take time to enjoy life and one is never too busy to wave a cheery greeting as he goes down the street." Sixty-five years later, this statement still rings true.
Reviewed by stephanie.butler
on June 1, 2012
Murray, Ky., is the quintessential version of the friendly, southern town. New faces often show up in Murray. Whether it is incoming students to Murray State University, a retiree looking to relocate or one of the many visitors to the town, these new faces are always welcomed by the spirited locals. This community has a sense of togetherness and passion that is unmatched. That togetherness grew stronger this year after the unbelievable season the Murray State basketball team achieved. During a season of 31-2, setting a historic record for the town and university, Murray grew closer together as the dream basketball team continued further in success. Racer pride spread through town, even the region, causing a homecoming of locals and visitors alike, joining in the united excitement of basketball fever. Murray is a friendly town, where the nationally ranked head basketball coach can be found eating with the townsfolk at the local burger joint while the team often visits area elementary schools and nursing facilities. Our friendliness extends to everyone and knows no bounds. We find common ground with all walks of life, making our diverse community a strong one. Our laid-back sense of time and place offers visitors, retirees and locals an atmosphere that feels like home.
Reviewed by emcarr2
on June 1, 2012
You can't go anywhere in Murray without everyone speaking to you whether you know them or not! It's not like that in most cities I have visited. If you should ever need anything, the community is there to lend a helping hand. I wouldn't live anywhere else!
Reviewed by murrayborn
on June 1, 2012
I work where I see many travelers. At least once or twice a week I meet people looking around Murray for a retirement home because they came to visit friends or relatives, or came on vacation, and loved it here. People often comment on driving along, and people keep waving at them. Well, that's just the way we are. I lost everything in a fire a few years ago. Friends, of course, helped us, but casual acquaintances gave us furniture, the waitress at a restaurant we go to on Saturdays half filled our car with towels, sheets, etc., and a church we don't even attend took up a collection for us. Why would you want to live anywhere else?
Reviewed by Hwde2u
on June 1, 2012
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