Originally a farming community with an important railroad shipping point, Murphy, TX spent much of the late 1800s and early 1900s in relative obscurity. Yet in the late 1900s, families began to be drawn to the community, which boasted land lots that were at least an acre in size. Soon the community grew, and people realized it could be a great place to raise a family while working in the city. Today, Murphy is a bedroom community that boasts a country-living atmosphere that makes it a great fit for many in the greater Dallas area.
In 2000, Murphy was home to just over 3,000 people. At the time of the 2010 census, that population rose to over 17,700 (and is still growing). This suburb of Dallas has seen tremendous growth in recent years, as people have discovered the high quality of life available just 30 miles from the airport. In spite of this tremendous growth, Murphy has maintained the small town feel that makes it so appealing, and people continue to be drawn to it.
As Murphy has grown, community developers have worked to maintain the country-living atmosphere that has drawn so many people to the town. To help with this, large lots are a common sight throughout Murphy, with minimum lot sizes set by the city. Planned subdivisions embrace the country-living idea by incorporating parks and bike trails throughout their layouts, and providing residents with ample green space. To accommodate the recent population surge, new subdivisions have been popping up throughout Murphy, providing a number of real estate options to its newest residents.
Students in Murphy attend schools in either the Wylie Independent School District or the Plano Independent School District. Both districts have highly rated schools, with Boggess Elementary, Martha Hunt Elementary and Murphy Middle Schools all receiving high marks from parents in the area.
The developers and government in Murphy believe people should be able to live life at their own pace. That means the community offers a variety of leisure activities, but maintains a laid-back commitment to its clients. Regular community events, like the Rainbow Trout Roundup or the Fall Moonlight Movies series, keeps life interesting and engaging, while a number of parks and gardens throughout the community provide recreational options. At the heart of it all is the Murphy Community Center, which provides space for events of all types.