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Murphy A Slower Pace

Population: 18,020 | Area: 5.2 sq mi
This is how the Murphy Police roll. Photo By City of Murphy

Murphy draws those looking for more space than Plano, Frisco, and the like have to offer. It's increased its commercial development faster than neighboring towns, whose residents appreciate the convenience of being close to a Home Depot and Chick-fil-A. One resident who moved to Murphy after her Dallas home was broken into five times over two years appreciates those conveniences but worries they will eventually bring more people and crime. “Right down the road from me are longhorn cows, goats, and horses,” she says. “Do I really want a Home Depot so close to me? No, thank you. But it’s not really my choice.” The small town’s residents still enjoy church bazaars and pumpkin-carving contests. Murphy could use its own school district, more sit-down restaurants, and less good-old-boy politics, some think. The town has a $20 million high school football stadium that many residents enjoy (while others worry about the price tag).


  • Median Age: 34.9
  • Population Growth: 22.7 %
  • Population Density: 3465.4 ppl/sq mile


  • School District: Plano ISD
  • Students Passing TAKS: 88%
  • Average SAT Score: 1152


  • Violent Crime Rate: 0.452 per 1,000 residents
  • Non-Violent Crime Rate: 7.8 per 1,000 residents

Real Estate:

  • Average Price of Homes Sold: $277,364