Murphy, NC
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Murphy is a very small town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 1,615 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Murphy is the 337th largest community in North Carolina.

Murphy is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 86.46% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Murphy is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Murphy who work in sales jobs (19.49%), office and administrative support (13.18%), and management occupations (13.00%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Murphy spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.11 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the town are less than they would otherwise be.

The education level of Murphy citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 18.30% of adults 25 and older in Murphy have a college degree.

The per capita income in Murphy in 2010 was $14,392, which is low income relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $57,568 for a family of four. Murphy also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 35.29% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Murphy is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Murphy home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Murphy residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Murphy include English, Scots-Irish, German, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Murphy is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.