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 86.77% 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 (22.68%), food service (15.28%), and office and administrative support (14.33%).

Residents will find that the town is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Murphy is worth considering.

One of the benefits of Murphy is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.29 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

The percentage of adults in Murphy with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 14.94% of adults in Murphy have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Murphy in 2010 was $15,396, which is low income relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $61,584 for a family of four. Murphy also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 31.38% 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 Polish.

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