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Murphy’s history stretches back to the 1800s, when the promise of land grants drew the first settlers. The town has been known by a few names through the years. In the late 19th century, it was known as “Old Decator.” Original landowner, C.A. McMillen, called it by the name of his hometown.  Later Murphy became known as “Maxwell’s Branch.” But the final, and enduring name was given by residents when the St. Louis Southwestern Railway arrived, thanks to William Murphy who made it possible to lay tracks and build a depot on land he provided.

Today there aren’t many reminders of Murphy’s early days, but the First Baptist Church, built in 1901, still stands. With easy access to urban amenities and jobs, Murphy – like Collin County as a whole – has seen consistent growth. The opening of the President George Bush Turnpike in 1999 was a major factor. The city has won several awards through the years for being a great place to live.

Murphy By the Numbers

Median Age36
Median Household Income147,092

White Alone10,55651.6%
Black Alone2,30811.3%
American Indian Alone920.5%
Asian Alone5,85928.7%
Some Other Race Alone30.0%
Two or More Races4272.1%
Hispanic Origin (any race)1,1955.8%

Less Than 9th Grade1.6%
9th-12th Grade - No Diploma2.6%
High School Graduate18.5%
GED/ Alternative Credential1.5%
Some College - No Degree18.5%
Associate Degree8.5%
Bachelor's Degree32.3%
Graduate/ Professional Degree2.8%