Murphy, North Carolina Population 2022

1,604
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Murphy is a city located in Cherokee County North Carolina. With a 2020 population of 1,604, it is the 347th largest city in North Carolina and the 12173rd largest city in the United States. Murphy is currently declining at a rate of -0.12% annually and its population has decreased by -0.25% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 1,608 in 2020. Spanning over 3 miles, Murphy has a population density of 629 people per square mile.

The average household income in Murphy is $44,938 with a poverty rate of 26.61%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $549 per month, and the median house value is $166,800. The median age in Murphy is 46.1 years, 42.4 years for males, and 50.7 years for females.

Murphy Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Murphywas:

  • White: 85.28%
  • Black or African American: 6.04%
  • Native American: 4.47%
  • Two or more races: 2.32%
  • Asian: 1.13%
  • Other race: 0.75%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Murphy, North Carolina is 1,604 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 1,608.

Murphy, North Carolina Population 2022

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White1,58285.28%
Black or African American1126.04%
American Indian and Alaska Native834.47%
Asian211.13%
Some Other Race140.75%
Two or More Races432.32%
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Murphy Population by Race

Murphy Population Pyramid 2022

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Murphy Median Age

42.5


Total

36.6


Male

46.3


Female

Murphy Adults

There are 1,590 adults, (415 of whom are seniors) in Murphy.

Murphy Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

35.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

22.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Murphy Sex Ratio

Female

996

53.69%

Male

859

46.31%

Murphy Population by Age

Murphy Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Murphy Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married71.1%28.9%
All42.4%57.6%
Female37.4%62.6%
Male28.6%71.4%
Non Family27.3%72.7%

42.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Murphy Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All8771.9942.4
Married2803.2171.1
Male72.5728.6
Female992.7337.4
Non Family4911.1327.3

2.99

Average Family Size

1.99

Average Household Size

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Murphy Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade362.47%
9th to 12th Grade1137.74%
High School Graduate46031.51%
Some College35124.04%
Associates Degree604.11%
Bachelors Degree30320.75%
Graduate Degree1379.38%
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Murphy Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Murphy Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
2+ Races16169
Hispanic868638
White1,1821,074373
Native American524215
Other Race11113
Asian18162
Black9869

The highest rate of high school graduation is among other race people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among 2+ races people with a rate of 56.25%.

Murphy Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$28,289$25,625$30,099
Less Than 9th Grade$2,500$2,500$
High School Graduate$30,298$30,476$
Some College$14,844$9,327$22,417
Bachelors Degree$32,353$$31,581
Graduate Degree$45,833$66,667$

$28,289

Average Earnings

$25,625

Average Male

$30,099

Average Female

Murphy Earnings by Educational Attainment

Murphy Language by Age

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Murphy Language

93.92% of Murphy residents speak only English, while 6.08% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 4.71% of the population.

Murphy Language

Murphy Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Multiple432762.79%
Black905055.56%
White1,41436025.46%
Native7745.19%
OtherNaN%
Hispanic832125.30%

26.61%

Overall Poverty Rate

19.90%

Male Poverty Rate

32.27%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Murphy

The race most likely to be in poverty in Murphy is Multiple, with 62.79% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Murphy is Hispanic, with 25.30% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.16%. Among those working part-time, it was 25.41%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 38.60%.

Murphy Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade74.80%
High School25.70%
Some College30.11%
Bachelors or Greater3.86%

Murphy Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed8.19%
Male Unemployed51.22%
Female Employed17.19%
Female Unemployed64.71%

Murphy Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Murphy Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$31,682$45,224
Families$42,500$56,946
Married Families$55,833-
Non Families$27,257$34,985
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Income by Household Type

Murphy Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

40.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

39.2%

Male Marriage Rate

41.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Murphy Married by Age and Sex

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Murphy Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Murphy Marital Status by Race

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Murphy Marital Status

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161

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War46
First Gulf War18
Vietnam94
Korea2
World War II

Murphy Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 3432
35 to 5422
55 to 6426
65 to 7460
75+21

Murphy Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White15311.25%
Asian314.29%
2+ Races523.81%
Hispanic1617.98%

Murphy Veterans by Race

Murphy Veterans by Education

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6.21%

Veteran Poverty Rate

15.53%

Veteran Disability Rate

Murphy Veterans by Education

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51.1%

Labor Force Participation

46.5%

Employment Rate

9.1%

Unemployment Rate

Murphy Employment by Age

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Murphy Employment by Race

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Murphy Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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39.25%

Born in Murphy

96.12%

Native Born

3.88%

Foreign Born

1.62%

Non Citizen

2.26%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

96.12% of Murphy residents were born in the United States, with 39.25% having been born in North Carolina. 1.62% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Murphy Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20101,6270.00%
20111,625-2-0.12%
20121,623-2-0.12%
20131,621-2-0.12%
20141,619-2-0.12%
20151,617-2-0.12%
20161,615-2-0.12%
20171,613-2-0.12%
20181,611-2-0.12%
20191,609-2-0.12%
20201,608-1-0.06%
20211,606-2-0.12%
20221,604-2-0.12%

Murphy Population by Year