Murphy, North Carolina

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Population in 2017: 1,638 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: +4.5%
 
Males: 801  (48.9%)
Females: 837  (51.1%)
Median resident age:

47.7 years
North Carolina median age:

38.8 years

Zip codes: 28906.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $30,795 (it was $24,952 in 2000)
Murphy:

$30,795
NC:

$52,752

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $18,665 (it was $16,926 in 2000)

Murphy town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $165,139 (it was $73,900 in 2000)
Murphy:

$165,139
NC:

$171,200

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $166,210; detached houses: $186,609; mobile homes: $47,994

Median gross rent in 2017: $587.

March 2019 cost of living index in Murphy: 82.1 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 28.5%
(26.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 59.6% for Black residents, 26.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 56.1% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Murphy, NC (2017)
    • 1,57679.0%White alone
    • 1929.6%Black alone
    • 984.9%Hispanic
    • 472.4%Asian alone
    • 442.2%Two or more races
    • 301.5%American Indian alone

Races in Murphy detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of North Carolina and other state lists, there were 54 registered sex offenders living in Murphy, North Carolina as of August 06, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Murphy is 36 to 1.


Crime rates in Murphy by year

Type

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Murders
(per 100,000)
1
(63.3)
0
(0.0)
1
(63.6)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(62.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(61.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
3
(189.8)
1
(62.7)
3
(190.7)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(65.5)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(62.8)
1
(61.9)
2
(124.2)
2
(124.0)
N/AN/A
Robberies
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
1
(62.7)
1
(63.6)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(65.5)
3
(182.0)
1
(61.4)
3
(188.4)
2
(123.8)
1
(62.1)
3
(186.0)
5
(303.4)
1
(61.0)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
8
(506.0)
10
(626.6)
12
(762.9)
10
(639.0)
19
(1,220)
15
(983.0)
19
(1,153)
8
(491.1)
9
(565.3)
10
(618.8)
13
(807.5)
9
(558.0)
14
(849.5)
8
(487.8)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
20
(1,265)
13
(814.5)
22
(1,399)
24
(1,534)
13
(834.4)
9
(589.8)
21
(1,274)
20
(1,228)
35
(2,198)
31
(1,918)
25
(1,553)
24
(1,488)
48
(2,913)
25
(1,524)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
105
(6,641)
83
(5,201)
72
(4,577)
94
(6,006)
130
(8,344)
83
(5,439)
97
(5,886)
98
(6,016)
82
(5,151)
127
(7,859)
77
(4,783)
85
(5,270)
77
(4,672)
135
(8,232)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
4
(253.0)
4
(250.6)
10
(635.7)
2
(127.8)
2
(128.4)
3
(196.6)
1
(60.7)
6
(368.3)
6
(376.9)
1
(61.9)
7
(434.8)
8
(496.0)
8
(485.4)
15
(914.6)
Arson
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
1
(62.7)
0
(0.0)
1
(63.9)
0
(0.0)
1
(65.5)
1
(60.7)
2
(122.8)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)754.0479.3783.2485.6646.3543.3614.7472.7609.9664.0614.3745.2787.6844.5

The City-Data.com crime rate weighs serious crimes and violent crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

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City-data.com crime index in Murphy, NC

Crime rate in Murphy detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 9 (8 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

4.88
North Carolina average:

2.34
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Ancestries: American (14.1%), Scotch-Irish (13.3%), English (8.4%), Irish (7.6%), Polish (5.4%), Italian (3.8%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 1583 feet

Land area: 2.28 square miles.

Population density: 718 people per square mile   (low).

Murphy, North Carolina map

91 residents are foreign born (2.2% Latin America).

This town:

4.6%
North Carolina:

7.8%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $1,658 (0.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $997 (0.7%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Knoxville, TN (61.3 miles , pop. 173,890).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Atlanta, GA (94.4 miles , pop. 416,474).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (506.9 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Marble, NC (2.9 miles ),
Ivylog, GA (3.3 miles ),
Hayesville, NC (3.5 miles ),
Andrews, NC (3.7 miles ),
Young Harris, GA (3.9 miles ),
Blairsville, GA (3.9 miles ),
Mineral Bluff, GA (4.1 miles ),
Turtletown, TN (4.2 miles )

Latitude: 35.09 N, Longitude: 84.03 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +2,946 (+147.5%)
Workers who live and work in this town: 395 (49.1%)

Area code: 828

Distribution of median household income in Murphy, NC in 2017
Distribution of house value in Murphy, NC in 2017
Murphy satellite photo by USGS
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

4.7%
North Carolina:

4.1%
Population change in the 1990s: +4 (+0.3%).
Most common industries in Murphy, NC (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Educational services (12.6%)
  • Construction (8.6%)
  • Accommodation & food services (8.6%)
  • Health care (7.4%)
  • Public administration (7.4%)
  • Furniture & home furnishings, household appliance stores (4.9%)
  • Machinery (4.4%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (15.2%)
  • Public administration (10.0%)
  • Machinery (7.1%)
  • Educational services (7.1%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (6.8%)
  • Furniture & home furnishings, household appliance stores (5.8%)
  • Truck transportation (5.5%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Educational services (18.7%)
  • Accommodation & food services (16.2%)
  • Health care (11.6%)
  • Food & beverage stores (5.3%)
  • Social assistance (4.9%)
  • Public administration (4.6%)
  • Furniture & home furnishings, household appliance stores (3.9%)
Most common occupations in Murphy, NC (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (8.9%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (7.1%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4.4%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.2%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4.0%)
  • Cashiers (3.9%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (3.7%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (8.4%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (7.1%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (6.1%)
  • Other financial specialists (5.2%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.9%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (4.2%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4.2%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (13.4%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (10.9%)
  • Cashiers (8.1%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (7.7%)
  • Other teachers, instructors, education, training, and library occupations (6.7%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (4.9%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4.2%)

Average climate in Murphy, North Carolina

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Murphy, North Carolina environmental map by EPA

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI SO2 Ozone
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 58.4. This is better than average.

City:

58.4
U.S.:

74.2
Sulfur Dioxide Level

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2007 was 1.61. This is about average. Closest monitor was 20.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

1.61
U.S.:

1.79
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 40.8. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 17.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

40.8
U.S.:

33.3

Tornado activity:

Murphy-area historical tornado activity is slightly above North Carolina state average. It is 0% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/3/1974, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 6.1 miles away from the Murphy town center killed 4 people and injured 26 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 2/21/1993, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 15.1 miles away from the town center injured 17 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Murphy-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above North Carolina state average. It is 80% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 49.2 miles away from Murphy center
On 4/29/2003 at 08:59:39, a magnitude 4.9 (4.4 MB, 4.6 MW, 4.9 LG, Depth: 12.2 mi) earthquake occurred 99.7 miles away from Murphy center
On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG) earthquake occurred 121.8 miles away from the city center
On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 215.5 miles away from Murphy center
On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi) earthquake occurred 315.7 miles away from the city center
On 1/18/1999 at 07:00:53, a magnitude 4.8 (4.8 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 218.1 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Cherokee County (6) is smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 4
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 2, Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snowfall: 1, Tornado: 1, Wind: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Murphy topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Murphy:

  • MURPHY MEDICAL CENTER INC (Voluntary non-profit - Private, 3990 EAST US HIGHWAY 64 ALT)
  • MURPHY MEDICAL CENTER (4130 US HWY 64 EAST)
  • SMOKEY MOUNTAIN DIALYSIS DENOVO FACILITY (1611 ANDREWS RD)

Heliports located in Murphy:

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College/University in Murphy:

  • Tri-County Community College (Full-time enrollment: 1,135; Location: 21 Campus Circle; Public; Website: www.tricountycc.edu)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Murphy:

  • University of North Georgia (about 39 miles; Dahlonega, GA; Full-time enrollment: 12,445)
  • Piedmont College (about 46 miles; Demorest, GA; FT enrollment: 2,251)
  • Lee University (about 48 miles; Cleveland, TN; FT enrollment: 4,422)
  • Cleveland State Community College (about 49 miles; Cleveland, TN; FT enrollment: 2,500)
  • Western Carolina University (about 53 miles; Cullowhee, NC; FT enrollment: 8,684)
  • Brenau University (about 56 miles; Gainesville, GA; FT enrollment: 2,341)
  • Southern Adventist University (about 58 miles; Collegedale, TN; FT enrollment: 2,898)

Public high schools in Murphy:

Private high school in Murphy:

  • MURPHY ADVENTIST CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 18, Location: 1584 OLD RANGER RD, Grades: PK-12)

Public elementary/middle schools in Murphy:

  • THE LEARNING CENTER (Location: 945 CONAHEETA STREET, Grades: KG-8, Charter school)
  • HIWASSEE DAM ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE (Location: 337 BLUE EAGLE CIRCLE, Grades: PK-8)
  • MARTINS CREEK ELEMENTARY/MID (Location: 1459 TOBE STALCUP ROAD, Grades: PK-8)
  • MURPHY ELEMENTARY (Location: 315 VALLEY RIVER AVENUE, Grades: PK-5)
  • PEACHTREE ELEMENTARY (Location: 30 UPPER PEACHTREE ROAD, Grades: PK-5)
  • RANGER ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE (Location: 101 HARDY TRUETT ROAD, Grades: PK-8)
  • MURPHY MIDDLE (Location: 65 MIDDLE SCHOOL DRIVE, Grades: 6-8)
See full list of schools located in Murphy

Library in Murphy:

  • NANTAHALA REGIONAL LIBRARY (Operating income: $1,073,278; Location: 11 BLUMENTHAL STREET; 136,140 books; 48,824 e-books; 7,230 audio materials; 11,063 video materials; 2 local licensed databases; 56 state licensed databases; 227 print serial subscriptions)

User-submitted facts and corrections:

  • I was in Murphy this month on business. I was very impressed with your town. I especially enjoyed the beautiful buildings in downtown. The people were friendly and helpful. It appears to be a growing town with a small town flavor. Please, try to keep it that way. Very refreshing. added by Hazel

Points of interest:

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Notable location: Tusquitee Ranger District Office (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Shopping Center: Valley Village Shopping Center (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Cemetery: Sunset Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Brittian Branch (A), Valley River (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attraction: Cherokee County - Historical Museum- Museum (59 Hiwassee Street).

Hotels: Best Western Murphy (1522 Andrews Road), Days Inn Murphy NC (754 Highway 64 West), Econo Lodge (78 Terrace Ave), Holiday Inn Exp Suites Murphy (130 Holiday Drive).

Courts: Cherokee County - Clerk Of Superior Court (1716 Cooper Street), Thirteenth District Court (103 Peachtree).

Birthplace of: Carl Pickens - Football player, Phil Voyles - Major League Baseball outfielder.

Cherokee County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Murphy and their reported violations in the past:

THE MOUNTAIN FOLK CENTER (Address: COUNTY MANAGER'S OFFICE , Population served: 300, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - Between OCT-2006 and DEC-2006, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (NOV-20-2006), St Public Notif requested (NOV-20-2006), St Compliance achieved (AUG-30-2010)
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
GODS LITTLE ACRE (Population served: 30, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Initial Tap Sampling for Pb and Cu - In JUL-01-2006, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (SEP-25-2006), St Formal NOV issued (SEP-25-2006), St Compliance achieved (MAY-21-2007), State No Longer Subject to Rule (MAY-21-2007)
  • Initial Tap Sampling for Pb and Cu - In JAN-01-2006, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JUN-28-2006), St Formal NOV issued (JUN-28-2006), St Compliance achieved (MAY-21-2007), State No Longer Subject to Rule (MAY-21-2007)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between JAN-2005 and MAR-2005, Contaminant: Chlorine. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (MAY-05-2005), St Formal NOV issued (MAY-05-2005), St Compliance achieved (APR-01-2006)
  • Initial Tap Sampling for Pb and Cu - In JAN-01-2005, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (AUG-01-2005), St Formal NOV issued (AUG-18-2005), St Compliance achieved (MAY-21-2007), State No Longer Subject to Rule (MAY-21-2007)
  • One routine major monitoring violation
  • 22 regular monitoring violations
LAKE CHEROKEE RECREATION AREA (Population served: 25, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - Between JUL-2007 and SEP-2007, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (SEP-21-2007), St Formal NOV issued (SEP-21-2007), St Compliance achieved (JUL-14-2008)
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
  • One regular monitoring violation
HERBS BAR-B-QUE (Population served: 25, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring, Repeat Major (TCR) - Between JUL-2006 and SEP-2006, Contaminant: Coliform (TCR). Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (DEC-07-2006), St Formal NOV issued (DEC-07-2006), St Compliance achieved (JUN-11-2007)
  • 7 routine major monitoring violations
  • 8 regular monitoring violations
FIELDS OF THE WOOD (Population served: 25, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 8 routine major monitoring violations
KING FORD (Population served: 25, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - Between OCT-2013 and DEC-2013, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (NOV-18-2013), St Formal NOV issued (NOV-18-2013), St AO (w/o penalty) issued (NOV-18-2013), St Compliance achieved (DEC-31-2013), St Public Notif received (MAR-25-2014)
Past monitoring violations:
  • One regular monitoring violation
Average household size:
This town:

2.1 people
North Carolina:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:

55.3%
Whole state:

66.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:

5.8%
Whole state:

5.9%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.3% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.3% of all households

People in group quarters in Murphy in 2010:

  • 108 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 21 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 8 people in group homes intended for adults
17 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups) in 2000
10 people in other noninstitutional group quarters in 2000

Banks with branches in Murphy (2011 data):

  • Branch Banking and Trust Company: Murphy Branch, Murphy West Highway 64 Branch, Murphy King Street Branch. Info updated 2010/03/29: Bank assets: $168,867.6 mil, Deposits: $127,549.5 mil, headquarters in Winston Salem, NC, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1793 total offices, Holding Company: Bb&T Corporation
  • First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company: Murphy Branch at 22 Hiawassee Street, branch established on 1989/09/26; Peachtree Branch at 4591 Us Highway 64 East, branch established on 1992/02/24. Info updated 2011/10/11: Bank assets: $20,566.4 mil, Deposits: $17,596.8 mil, headquarters in Raleigh, NC, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 433 total offices, Holding Company: First Citizens Bancshares, Inc.
  • Macon Bank, Inc.: Murphy Branch at 12 Peachtree St, branch established on 1922/01/01. Info updated 2011/02/10: Bank assets: $874.5 mil, Deposits: $751.0 mil, headquarters in Franklin, NC, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 11 total offices, Holding Company: Macon Bancorp
  • Peoples Bank of East Tennessee: Murphy Branch at 592 West Us Highway 64, branch established on 2009/06/30. Info updated 2010/12/20: Bank assets: $227.6 mil, Deposits: $205.1 mil, headquarters in Madisonville, TN, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 12 total offices, Holding Company: Peoples Bancshares Of Tn, Inc.
  • PNC Bank, National Association: Murphy Main Branch at 50 Peachtree Street, branch established on 1935/02/20. Info updated 2012/03/20: Bank assets: $263,309.6 mil, Deposits: $197,343.0 mil, headquarters in Wilmington, DE, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 3085 total offices, Holding Company: Pnc Financial Services Group, Inc., The
  • United Community Bank: -murphy Branch at 116 Peachtree Street, branch established on 1983/07/12. Info updated 2009/06/23: Bank assets: $6,977.4 mil, Deposits: $6,170.1 mil, headquarters in Blairsville, GA, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 106 total offices, Holding Company: United Community Banks, Inc.
  • Nantahala Bank & Trust Company: Murphy Branch at 86 Hiawassee Street, branch established on 2007/07/02. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $176.6 mil, Deposits: $154.0 mil, headquarters in Franklin, NC, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 3 total offices

For population 15 years and over in Murphy:

Marital status in Murphy, NC
  • Never married: 23.7%
  • Now married: 41.0%
  • Separated: 5.8%
  • Widowed: 10.7%
  • Divorced: 18.8%

For population 25 years and over in Murphy:

  • High school or higher: 85.1%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 21.4%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.9%
  • Unemployed: 6.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 13.7 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

12.2
North Carolina average:

11.9

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Murphy
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Murphy, NC (based on Cherokee County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant9,14660
Mainline Protestant2,08510
Catholic1,0542
Other3292
Orthodox201
None14,857-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 5
Cherokee County:

1.89 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

2.05 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Cherokee County:

0.38 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Cherokee County:

0.76 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

0.92 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 18
Cherokee County:

6.81 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

4.75 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 23
Here:

8.70 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

7.57 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

11.3%
State:

9.8%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

24.7%
North Carolina:

28.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

12.9%
State:

15.6%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Murphy:

48.8%
State:

48.1%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Murphy:

43.1%
State:

44.6%

Average BMI:
Here:

28.9
State:

28.8

People feeling badly about themselves:
Murphy:

20.4%
North Carolina:

21.2%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

14.3%
North Carolina:

10.8%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Here:

6.8
North Carolina:

6.8

Overweight people:
Here:

35.8%
North Carolina:

33.6%

General health condition:
This city:

52.1%
North Carolina:

54.9%

Average condition of hearing:
Here:

74.6%
North Carolina:

79.3%

More about Health and Nutrition of Murphy, NC Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Electric Power 16$146,994$110,2460$0
Water Supply 10$26,322$31,5860$0
Other and Unallocable 8$22,929$34,3944$1,865
Police Protection - Officers 8$18,597$27,8960$0
Local Libraries 4$7,007$21,0211$257
Housing and Community Development (Local) 4$13,708$41,1241$208
Financial Administration 3$6,644$26,5760$0
Sewerage 2$7,259$43,5540$0
Solid Waste Management 2$4,464$26,7840$0
Other Government Administration 2$7,109$42,6540$0
Police - Other 0$0 0$0
Totals for Government 59$261,033$53,0916$2,330

Murphy government finances - Expenditure in 2012 (per resident):

  • Construction - Water Utilities: $47,000 ($28.69)
  • Current Operations - Liquor Stores: $1,652,000 ($1008.55)
    Sewerage: $1,069,000 ($652.63)
    Water Utilities: $714,000 ($435.90)
    Housing and Community Development: $559,000 ($341.27)
    Police Protection: $528,000 ($322.34)
    Financial Administration: $363,000 ($221.61)
    General - Other: $200,000 ($122.10)
    Libraries: $174,000 ($106.23)
    Regular Highways: $161,000 ($98.29)
    Local Fire Protection: $155,000 ($94.63)
    Parks and Recreation: $8,000 ($4.88)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $86,000 ($52.50)
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Health - Other: $8,000 ($4.88)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Housing and Community Development: $127,000 ($77.53)
    Water Utilities: $82,000 ($50.06)
    Local Fire Protection: $31,000 ($18.93)
    Parks and Recreation: $15,000 ($9.16)
    Financial Administration: $8,000 ($4.88)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $503,000 ($307.08)

Murphy government finances - Revenue in 2012 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $781,000 ($476.80)
    Other: $9,000 ($5.49)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Housing and Community Development: $274,000 ($167.28)
  • Local Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $247,000 ($150.79)
    Other: $38,000 ($23.20)
  • Miscellaneous - Rents: $263,000 ($160.56)
    General Revenue - Other: $119,000 ($72.65)
    Interest Earnings: $20,000 ($12.21)
  • Revenue - Liquor Stores: $1,830,000 ($1117.22)
    Water Utilities: $522,000 ($318.68)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $56,000 ($34.19)
    Other: $47,000 ($28.69)
  • Tax - Property: $1,027,000 ($626.98)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $373,000 ($227.72)
    Alcoholic Beverage Sales: $165,000 ($100.73)
    Other License: $1,000 ($0.61)

Murphy government finances - Debt in 2012 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $660,000 ($402.93)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $593,000 ($362.03)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $67,000 ($40.90)

Murphy government finances - Cash and Securities in 2012 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $5,520,000 ($3369.96)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $184,000 ($112.33)

8.91% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($45,164 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.91%
North Carolina average:

7.88%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Clay County, NC  0.44% ($30,071 average AGI)
from Jackson County, NC  0.24% ($41,087)
Businesses in Murphy, NC
NameCountNameCount
Advance Auto Parts1Lowe's1
Arby's1McDonald's1
Best Western1Nike1
Burger King1Pizza Hut1
Chevrolet1Quiznos1
Days Inn1RadioShack1
FedEx3Sears1
GameStop1Subway1
H&R Block1Taco Bell1
Hilton1U-Haul3
Holiday Inn1U.S. Cellular1
KFC1UPS5
Kincaid1Waffle House1
La-Z-Boy2Walmart1
Long John Silver's1Wendy's1

Strongest AM radio stations in Murphy:

  • WKRK (1320 AM; 5 kW; MURPHY, NC; Owner: RADFORD COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WCVP (600 AM; 1 kW; MURPHY, NC; Owner: CHEROKEE BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WKVL (850 AM; daytime; 50 kW; KNOXVILLE, TN; Owner: HORNE RADIO, LLC)
  • WCNN (680 AM; 50 kW; NORTH ATLANTA, GA; Owner: DICKEY BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WLFJ (660 AM; daytime; 50 kW; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WSB (750 AM; 50 kW; ATLANTA, GA; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • WFLI (1070 AM; 50 kW; LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN, TN; Owner: WFLI, INC.)
  • WGST (640 AM; 50 kW; ATLANTA, GA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WWAM (820 AM; daytime; 50 kW; JASPER, TN; Owner: SHELTON BROADCASTING SYSTEM)
  • WFTD (1080 AM; daytime; 50 kW; MARIETTA, GA; Owner: PRIETO ENTERPRISES, INC.)
  • WDUN (550 AM; 10 kW; GAINESVILLE, GA; Owner: JWJ PROPERTIRS, INC.)
  • WCSZ (1070 AM; 50 kW; SANS SOUCI, SC; Owner: WHYZ RADIO, L.P.)
  • WDGR (1210 AM; daytime; 10 kW; DAHLONEGA, GA; Owner: SMALL TOWN RADIO OF GEORGIA, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Murphy:

  • WCNG (102.7 FM; MURPHY, NC; Owner: CHEROKEE BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WCVP-FM (95.9 FM; ROBBINSVILLE, NC; Owner: CHEROKEE BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WFQS (91.3 FM; FRANKLIN, NC; Owner: WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • W237AR (95.3 FM; HAZELWOOD, ETC., NC; Owner: WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • WRBN (104.1 FM; CLAYTON, GA; Owner: SUTTON RADIOCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WIVK-FM (107.7 FM; KNOXVILLE, TN; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • W234AG (94.7 FM; CHATSWORTH, GA; Owner: IMMANUEL BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WWST (102.1 FM; SEVIERVILLE, TN; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • WNCC-FM (96.7 FM; FRANKLIN, NC; Owner: SUTTON RADIOCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WOKI-FM (100.3 FM; OAK RIDGE, TN; Owner: OAK RIDGE FM, INC.)
  • W269AY (101.7 FM; HIGHLANDS, NC; Owner: WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • WLLJ (103.1 FM; ETOWAH, TN; Owner: FRIENDSHIP BROADCASTING LLC.)
  • WHLC (104.5 FM; HIGHLANDS, NC; Owner: CHARISMA RADIO CORP.)
  • W277AL (103.3 FM; HIGHLANDS, NC; Owner: CHARISMA RADIO CORPORATION)
  • WTFH (89.9 FM; HELEN, GA; Owner: TOCCOA FALLS COLLEGE)
  • WHEL (105.1 FM; HELEN, GA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WPPL (103.9 FM; BLUE RIDGE, GA; Owner: FANNIN COUNTY BROADCASTING CO., INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Murphy:

  • W31AN (Channel 31; MURPHY, NC; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • W50AB (Channel 50; HIAWASSEE, GA; Owner: GEORGIA PUBLIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION)
  • W05AP (Channel 5; BRASSTOWN, ETC., NC; Owner: WLOS LICENSEE, LLC)
  • WDTT-LP (Channel 38; LENOIR CITY, TN; Owner: WORD OF GOD FELLOWSHIP, INC.)
  • W42AT (Channel 42; HAYESVILLE, NC; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • Murphy, North Carolina
  • Fatal accident count16
  • Vehicles involved in fatal accidents28
  • Fatal accidents involving drunk persons:6
  • Fatalities18
  • Persons involved in fatal accidents46
  • Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents1
  • North Carolina average
  • Fatal accident count12873
  • Vehicles involved in fatal accidents19424
  • Fatal accidents involving drunk persons4745
  • Fatalities14080
  • Persons involved in fatal accidents31534
  • Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents1377
See more detailed statistics of Murphy fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 37Number of bridges
  • 636ft / 194mTotal length
  • 152,040Total average daily traffic
  • 14,855Total average daily truck traffic
  • 298,080Total future (year 2025) average daily traffic
New bridges in Murphy, NC - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 11920-1929
  • 21930-1939
  • 21940-1949
  • 61950-1959
  • 41960-1969
  • 51970-1979
  • 41980-1989
  • 92000-2009
  • 42010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Murphy, NC

2002 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year Based on the data from the years 2002 - 2018 the average number of fires per year is 127. The highest number of reported fire incidents - 209 took place in 2008, and the least - 66 in 2017. The data has a growing trend.
    Fire incident types in Murphy, NC When looking into fire subcategories, the most reports belonged to: Outside Fires (46.9%), and Structure Fires (40.0%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Murphy, NC
    • 1,01046.9%Outside Fires
    • 86140.0%Structure Fires
    • 24111.2%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 421.9%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Murphy, NC

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Murphy, North Carolina:

  • Days Inn, 754 Hwy 64 W, Murphy, North Carolina 28906 , Phone: (828) 837-8030, Fax: (828) 837-9669
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel And Suites, 130 Holiday Dr, Murphy, North Carolina 28906 , Phone: (828) 837-1111, Fax: (828) 837-0737
  • Hampton Inn Murphy, 1550 Andrews Rd, Murphy, North Carolina 28906 , Phone: (828) 837-1628, Fax: (828) 837-1639
All 3 fire-safe hotels and motels in Murphy, North Carolina
Most common first names in Murphy, NC among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John13375.9 years
William12975.0 years
James12972.2 years
Robert10373.4 years
Mary7578.6 years
Charles6268.0 years
Frank5176.7 years
George5074.5 years
Fred4475.6 years
Joseph3976.6 years
Most common last names in Murphy, NC among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Dockery8873.6 years
Stiles6875.6 years
Johnson6674.4 years
Hughes5572.8 years
Smith4671.9 years
Taylor4678.2 years
Moore4176.0 years
Kephart4079.5 years
Davis3878.7 years
Palmer3781.1 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Murphy, NC
  • 63.9%Electricity
  • 29.5%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 5.0%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 1.6%Utility gas
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Murphy, NC
  • 83.3%Electricity
  • 8.0%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 6.7%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 2.1%Wood


Murphy compared to North Carolina state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage significantly above state average.
There are 21 pilots and 18 other airmen in this city.
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