05 Enjoy the laser light show at Christmas in the Park. Photo By City of Murphy


Wikipedia says:

Attracted by the offer of land grants from the Peters Colony, the first settlers of the community arrived in the area in 1846. The original townsite, located on land owned by C. A. McMillen, was first called Old Decator, after McMillen’s hometown, and later, Maxwell’s Branch. When the St. Louis Southwestern Railway reached the area in 1888, the residents renamed the town Murphy, in honor of William Murphy, who provided land for the tracks and the construction of a depot. A post office was established there in 1891. From the 1880s until the 1950s Murphy served as a shipping point for area farmers and stock raisers.


  • Median Age: 34.8
  • Population Growth (2000-2013): 529.70%
  • Population Density: 3,454 people per square mile


  • Students Passing STARR K-11: 90%
  • Average SAT Score: 1666
  • Students Taking SAT/ACT: 82.20%
  • Instruction Spending Per Student: $4,668


  • Violent Crime Rate: 0.26 per 1,000 residents
  • Non-Violent Crime Rate: 6.66 per 1,000 residents

Real Estate

  • Average Price of Homes Sold (2013): $317,803
  • Sales Price Change (2011-2013): 14.60%
  • Owner-Occupied Homes: 96.20%

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