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Welcome to Murphy ...

The town of Murphy is located in Cherokee County<1> and is the County Seat for Cherokee County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Murphy has a population of 1,648 people<2> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Murphy.

Murphy is 1,520 feet [463 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Murphy lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

The telephone area code for Murphy: (828)

The ZIP code for Murphy: 28906<4>

Websites for Murphy ...

Chamber of Commerce:   www.cherokeecountychamber.com/

Although we don't have any websites that are specific to Murphy, the following might be of interest:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Murphy had an population of 1,648 people. This is an increase of 1.29% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 5.1% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Murphy had a population of 1,627 people (which is 5.93% of the total population of Cherokee County). This makes Murphy the county's 2nd most populous community.

The population of Murphy represents 0.02% of the population of North Carolina (which has 9,535,483 people), making it the state's 275th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 1,627 people, the population of Murphy increased 3.76% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 1,568 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Murphy.

Communities Also Named Murphy ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 23 communities that are also named Murphy - they are located in Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa (2), Kentucky, Michigan (2), Mississippi (2), Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia (2) and West Virginia.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Murphy.

Communities near Murphy ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Murphy.

  • Canal Lake [Union County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Canal Lake
    • Canal Lake [Union County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<5> to the south of Murphy
    • Population from the 2010 Census: 23,025 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Canal Lake have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Canal Lake
  • Pantertown [Fannin County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pantertown
    • Pantertown [Fannin County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<5> to the west of Murphy
    • Population from the 2010 Census: 9,749 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pantertown
  • Jacksonville [Towns County]
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    • Jacksonville [Towns County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<5> to the southeast of Murphy
    • Estimated population in 2019: 5,239 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jacksonville
  • Cutcane [Fannin County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cutcane
    • Cutcane [Fannin County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<5> to the southwest of Murphy
    • Estimated population in 2019: 3,417 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cutcane have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cutcane
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Belltown Hill [Polk County]
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      • Belltown Hill [Polk County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the west of Murphy
      • Estimated population in 2014: 2,457 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Belltown Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Belltown Hill
    • Owltown [Union County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Owltown
      • Owltown [Union County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<5> to the south of Murphy
      • Estimated population in 2019: 2,346 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Owltown have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Owltown
    • Andrews [Cherokee County]
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      • Andrews [Cherokee County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<5> to the northeast of Murphy
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,855 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Andrews have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Andrews
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Andrews<7>
    • Young Harris [Towns County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Young Harris
      • Young Harris [Towns County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<5> to the southeast of Murphy
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,668 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Young Harris have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Young Harris
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Young Harris<7>
    • Youngcane [Union County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Youngcane
      • Youngcane [Union County] was located 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the south of Murphy
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,661 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Youngcane have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Hemp [Fannin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hemp
      • Hemp [Fannin County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the southwest of Murphy
      • Population from the 2010 Census: 1,647 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hemp have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hemp

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Murphy. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Murphy.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Murphy. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Murphy.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Murphy. Our list includes 6 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Murphy.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Murphy ...

Looking for more information about Murphy? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Murphy, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Murphy.

Adding Murphy to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Murphy in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Murphy was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Murphy on a map titled Rand McNally Map of North Carolina (1911).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Murphy on our Genealogy Page.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in North Carolina

About Cherokee County

About North Carolina

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Murphy. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Cherokee County: www.cherokeecounty-nc.gov/

The official website for State of North Carolina: https://www.nc.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of North Carolina's counties, including Cherokee, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Murphy.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Murphy - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a town (such as Murphy). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Murphy or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Murphy) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Murphy. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from MurphyOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Murphy. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.0878, Longitude: -84.0342    
<6>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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