Murphy, North Carolina Population 2024

1,667

Murphy is a city located in Cherokee County North Carolina. Murphy has a 2024 population of 1,667. It is also the county seat of Cherokee County.Murphy is currently growing at a rate of 0.85% annually and its population has increased by 3.54% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 1,610 in 2020.

The average household income in Murphy is $53,193 with a poverty rate of 21.46%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Murphy is 37 years, 27.8 years for males, and 45.9 years for females.

Murphy Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Murphy was:

  • White: 81.67%
  • Two or more races: 9.62%
  • Black or African American: 4.84%
  • Native American: 1.74%
  • Other race: 1.48%
  • Asian: 0.65%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander:
Land Area (mi²)
2.5 sq mi
Density (mi²)
653.80/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
3.54% (57)
The current population of Murphy, North Carolina is 1,667 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 1,610.

Murphy, North Carolina Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White1,26581.67%
Two or more races1499.62%
Black or African American754.84%
Native American271.74%
Other race231.48%
Asian100.65%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
showing: 7 rows

White

Two or more races

Black or African American

Native American

Other race

Asian

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Murphy Population by Race

Murphy Population Pyramid 2024

Murphy Median Age

37

Total

27.8

Male

45.9

Female

Murphy Adults

There are 1,339 adults, (429 of whom are seniors) in Murphy.

Murphy Age Dependency

70.2

Age Dependency Ratio

47.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

23.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Murphy Sex Ratio

Female77750.16%
Male77249.84%

Murphy Population by Age

Murphy Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All7541.8942.357.7
Non Family4251.1128.971.1
Married2203.0772.327.7
Female972.6538.161.9
Male121.830100
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2.81

Average Family Size

1.89

Average Household Size

42.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Murphy Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Murphy Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Murphy Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among other race people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among other race people with a rate of 46.15%.

Murphy Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$33,793

Average Earnings

$34,478

Average Male

$26,667

Average Female

Murphy Earnings by Educational Attainment

Murphy Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Murphy Language

93.71% of Murphy residents speak only English, while 6.29% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.02% of the population.

Murphy Language

Murphy Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White1,15921218.29%
Multiple1495134.23%
Black473676.6%
Hispanic10044%
Native21314.29%
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21.46%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.34%

Male Poverty Rate

27.64%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Murphy

The race most likely to be in poverty in Murphy is Black, with 76.6% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Murphy is Hispanic, with 4% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.39%. Among those working part-time, it was 17.65%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 28.23%.

Murphy Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade37.29%
High School20.48%
Some College14.52%
Bachelors or Greater7.14%
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Murphy Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed84.09%
Female Employed17.7%
Male Employed2.27%
Male Unemployed
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Murphy Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Murphy Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Murphy Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

34.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

34.3%

Male Marriage Rate

34.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Murphy Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Murphy Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Murphy Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Murphy Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

140

Number of Veterans

126

Male Veterans

14

Female Veterans

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Murphy Veterans by War

count

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Murphy Veterans by Age

count

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Murphy Veterans by Race

Murphy Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

7.86%

Veteran Poverty Rate

26.43%

Veteran Disability Rate

Murphy Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

44.6%

Labor Force Participation

41.2%

Employment Rate

7.7%

Unemployment Rate

Murphy Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Murphy Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Murphy Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

46.22%

Born in Murphy

99.16%

Native Born

0.84%

Foreign Born

Non Citizen

0.84%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

99.16% of Murphy residents were born in the United States, with 46.22% having been born in North Carolina. of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Europe.

Murphy Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
20291,737140.81%
20281,723140.82%
20271,709140.83%
20261,695140.83%
20251,681140.84%
20241,667140.85%
20231,653140.85%
20221,639140.86%
20211,625150.93%
20201,610-38-2.31%
20191,648130.8%
20181,635191.18%
20171,61640.25%
20161,612311.96%
20151,581-1-0.06%
20141,582-5-0.32%
20131,58720.13%
20121,585-10-0.63%
20111,595-15-0.93%
20101,610
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Murphy Population by Year