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Murphy, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Murphy had a population of 1,657 as of July 1, 2017.

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, 2017.

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

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Murphy, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 1,657
Daytime Population: Workers 3,129
Daytime Population: Residents 1,006
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 4,135
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 2.50
Population in Households 1,615
Population in Familes 1,256
Population in Group Qrtrs 42
Population Density2 691
Diversity Index3 37


Median Household Income $33,274
Average Household Income $47,278
Per Capita Income $20,908


Total Housing Units 903 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 455 (50.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 260 (28.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 188 (20.8%)
Median Home Value $184,016
Average Home Value $197,857


Total Households 715
Average Household Size 2.26
Family Households 440
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.25% 0.42%
Households 0.23% 0.42%
Families 1.71% 0.32%
Median Household Income   1.11%
Per Capita Income   2.02%

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, 2017 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 # 353 52nd
Population Density # 361 51st
Diversity Index # 474 36th
Median Household Income # 590 20th
Per Capita Income # 468 37th

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