Town of Murphy History
The "Town of Murphy" was founded in 1835. On this date the first post office was opened under the name of Huntington, with Col. H.R.S. Hunter the first Postmaster. Huntington later became Murphy, named after Archibald D. Murphey. (Notice how the spelling of the town's name dropped the "e" in Murphy.)Then in 1839, Cherokee County was formed from a portion of neighboring Macon County. In 1851, Murphy was incorporated as the county seat of Cherokee County.Prior to 1839, Cherokee County and the surrounding area was home to the Cherokee Indian Nation. In 1839, the Cherokee were removed to Oklahoma over the infamous "Trail of Tears". The "Trail of Tears" followed a pathway out of town that is now Lakeside Drive.
|2000 CENSUS DATA ($)|
|Median household income by age||MURPHY||NC||US|
|Mediam household income||24,952||39,184||41,994|
|Householder Under 25||25,500||23,201||22,679|
|Household 26 - 34||29,167||39,201||41,414|
|Household 35 - 44||22,083||46,595||50,654|
|Household 45 - 54||33,409||51,070||56,300|
|Household 55 - 64||32,031||42,250||47,447|
|Household 65 - 74||19,375||28,521||31,368|
|Household 75 and older||21,125||19,307||22,259|
|Per Capita Income by Race of Ethnicity ($)|
|Per capita income||16,926||20,307||21,587|
|Black or African American||9,848||13,548||14,437|
|Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander||0||14,703||15,054|
|Some other race||0||9,946||10,813|
|Two or more races||633||11,585||13,405|
|Hispanic or Latino||1,067||11,097||12,111|
|Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, 2000 Census ePodunk|
Statistics for the Town of Murphy
Murphy is the county seat in Cherokee County.
The community was named for Archibald Murphey, political leader
The latitude of Murphy is 35.087N.
The longitude is -84.034W.
It is in the Eastern Standard time zone.
Elevation is 1,604 feet.The estimated population, in 2007, is 1,613.