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Murphy, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Murphy had a population of 1,673 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Murphy is located at latitude 35.0943 and longitude -84.0249 in Cherokee County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Murphy (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.4 sq. miles and a water area of 0.24 sq. miles. Cherokee County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,594 feet.

The Town of Murphy (GNIS ID: 2406220) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The Town of Murphy is located within Township of Murphy, a minor civil division (MCD) of Cherokee County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Murphy population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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

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Murphy, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 1,673
Population in Households 1,632
Population in Familes 1,272
Population in Group Qrtrs 41
Population Density1 698
Diversity Index2 36


Total Households 712
Average Household Size 2.29
Family Households 439
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 896 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 457 (51.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 254 (28.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 184 (20.5%)
Median Home Value $179,825
Average Home Value $195,688


Median Household Income $32,438
Average Household Income $46,530
Per Capita Income $20,288
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.45% 0.53%
Households 0.2% 0.42%
Families 1.95% 0.32%
Median Household Income   2.72%
Per Capita Income   1.62%
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.

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, 2016 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 # 352 53rd
Population Density1 # 361 51st
Diversity Index2 # 486 34th
Median Household Income # 582 22nd
Per Capita Income # 459 38th

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