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Murphy, North Carolina - Basic Facts

Murphy is the common name for the community and surrounding area while the formal official name is the Town of Murphy.

It is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Cherokee County at latitude 35.0876 and longitude -84.0346. Cherokee County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,594 feet.

The formal boundaries for the Town of Murphy (see map) encompass a land area of 2.4 sq. miles and a water area of 0.24 sq. miles.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Murphy: Christie Ford, Huntersville, Tlanusi'yi.

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Murphy, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Murphy to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 351 53rd
Population Density1 # 365 51st
Diversity Index2 # 508 32nd
Median Household Income # 591 20th
Per Capita Income # 441 40th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE North Carolina Census Data Comparison Tool.

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Murphy, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)

POPULATION

Total Population 1,648
Population in Households 1,606
Population in Familes 1,252
Population in Group Qrtrs 42
Population Density1 688
Diversity Index2 33
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 716
Average Household Size 2.24
Family Households 442
Average Family Size 3

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 882 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 464 (52.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 252 (28.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 166 (18.8%)
Median Home Value $112,393
Average Home Value $130,952
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $31,334
Average Household Income $44,149
Per Capita Income $19,331
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)

GROWTH RATES

2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.3% 0.41%
Households 0.43% 0.47%
Families 3.05% 0.31%
Median Household Income   3.54%
Per Capita Income   1.82%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

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