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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I would like to see Murray Win this award again! years ago I can remember a group called Friends of the Park, Friends of the Park has started again! because We want to make the Park, a Park for ALL, not just for the sports players and sports fans! years ago there was trade day at the park, and before the park where the old drive in used to be right off of 4th street, Trade day is back in Murray it is every Thursday when it started back in April it was slow getting started, the last few Thursdays there has been 30 or more vendors set up!, go to these fallowing face book pages and see some of the things Murray has to offer! Friends of the Park Avenue of Flags Olde Thyme Thursday Trade Day Murray, Ky.
Reviewed by Steph 1959
on August 26, 2013
a great place to live and work... I went to college here back in the 60's and then my kids came to college here and when my husband died I came back here to live full time. It has always been a fun loving, friendly town where everyone was willing to do what it took to share some happiness with others. I am so glad I get to live not only in Kentucky, but in Murray, Ky. where there is so much to do all the time. It is a very community minded town where everyone does a lot to make it better for others. Just a few miles down the road to three different lakes. A very active Park and Community Theater Program. A lovely college is in our town and lots going on there that the town can take part in. Within a 8 hour drive to 1/3 of the United States. We get 4 seasons of weather, and have lots of different things going on in the community. Murray is a very volunteer minded town that if you are not busy or unhappy, you are not doing all you can for yourself or others. The chances are here. You just need to take them. We have a Dairy Queen that is a rite of Spring, that on opening day you might have to wait 30 minutes to get ice dream but it is the real thing, like it was 40 years ago. While you are waiting in line you get to visit with so many friends and family and find out the latest things happening in the town. Murray State University is a beautiful University with a lovely campus setting. We are a small town with a big Heart. Get to know us, come visit us, and move to be closer to us. We are a lovely retirement community, a college community, a volunteer community, a artsy place to be, and just a all around wonderful place filled with friendly people and big sharing hearts. Murray, Ky. is my last home as I will never leave it again. I am glad to call it Home.
Reviewed by MarshaDorgan
on August 20, 2013
Murray has been a great town to be raised in. It has grown a lot over the years but still has the small town love!
Reviewed by Burge1779
on August 12, 2013
I don't currently live in Murray,Ky but use to for 7 years from 1998 til 2005. When I lived there people were always friendly and I enjoyed living there and miss it very much. I plan on moving back someday. This summer I went there for vacation and it was just as friendly as I remembered. To me Murray is home. A great place to live and raise kids. It's the friendliest city I have ever been to. Good luck Murray!
Reviewed by mjcten
on August 12, 2013
My husband and I had never been to Murray, KY, but a co-worker of his grew up in Murray and regaled him with tales of Murray's benefits. We came on vacation, then returned on subsequent vacations to experience each of the four seasons, before deciding to move here in 1995. Never once have we regretted our choice. We immediately felt that we had come home. I had always regretted not having gone to college after high school. At 51, I began attending Murray State University full-time and earned a BSB in Accounting. I can attest to the fact that MSU is an excellent university, with wonderful professors. I was welcomed as a non-traditional student by students and faculty alike.I can't think of a better place to live. We have this wonderful university, friendly people, Land Between the Lake, excellent medical facilities and weather that allows the pleasure of four seasons without the extremes in temperatures found in many other states. Murray is a treasure, and definitely the best small town in America.
Reviewed by dawngaskin
on August 12, 2013
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