Murphy, NC

Murphy, situated in Cherokee County, is a small town made up of 2.6 square miles.

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Murphy is the county seat of Cherokee County, and was incorporated in 1851.  

The area was settled after the Trail of Tears removed the Cherokee from the area.  

Demographics

The median resident age in Murphy is 46 years.  

The median estimated household income is about $26,000 making it about $22,000 less than the North Carolina average.

The estimated per capita is about $16,000.

The average price for a home in Murphy is about $145,000 (2015) which is $15,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $500 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Murphy is 80% White, 8% Black, 3% Two or more races, and 9% other.

80% of the population are high school graduates, with 15% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher.

39% are married, 20% are divorced, 6% are separated, 11% are widowed, leaving 24% that have never been married.

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Cherokee County

The town of Cherokee belongs to Cherokee County in the western part of North Carolina. The county, which is named in honor of the Cherokee Native American Tribe.

Cherokee County has a population of 27,000. It's largest town is Andrews, which has a population of 1,700, while it's county seat Murphy has a population of 1,600.

Many of the Cherokee Tribe still live in the area. Clay County and Graham County were formed when they broke off southeast and northeast parts of Cherokee County, respectively.

Cherokee County borders Graham, Macon, Clay, Union, Fannin, Polk, and Monroe counties.

Cherokee County is comprised of 467 square miles. 455 square mils of which are land, with the remaining 11 as water.

Population

The population of Murphy , NC is about 1,600. The population has been steadily deceasing since the 1950s, but its current population reflects that of its numbers in the 1930s.

Elevation

The elevation of Murphy , NC is 1,604 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Murphy , NC is 28906.

Area Code

The area code for Murphy , NC is 828.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Murphy and Cherokee County have voted mostly Republican, with 73% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election.

This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 54% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 41% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 5%.

Economy

The unemployment rate for Murphy is about 6% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%.

Retail and food services make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Cherokee Scout is the primary newspaper that covers the Cherokee County area.


 

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