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!

You just can beat Murray, KY. The greatest small town in the USA!!!. The people are always friendly and cheerful. Whether you are a local or not, you will find no strangers in Murray. From the great, old style downtown area to Murray State University, there are no complaints to be found.
Reviewed by spannapp
on June 4, 2012
87 Years of living in ths great town, what more can I say!!
Reviewed by mfarris87
on June 4, 2012
greatest place on earth!!!!!!
Reviewed by adamwellsky
on June 4, 2012
A very friendly place to live, or visit! If a need arises, someone in Murray will find a way to take care of it. People here are proud of this beautiful gem in Western Kentucky.
Reviewed by murribumom
on June 4, 2012
Murray, Ky. is the greatest. You walk down the street and everyone has a smile and a hello for you. I wouldn't live anywhere else.
Reviewed by kareeves
on June 4, 2012
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