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Murphysboro, Illinois - Basic Facts

The City of Murphysboro had a population of 7,153 as of July 1, 2020. Murphysboro ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Illinois. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Murphysboro is located at latitude 37.7645 and longitude -89.3351 in Jackson County. The formal boundaries for the City of Murphysboro encompass a land area of 5.18 sq. miles and a water area of 0.09 sq. miles. Jackson County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 420 feet.

The City of Murphysboro (GNIS ID: 2395141) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Murphysboro is located within Township of Murphysboro, a minor civil division (MCD) of Jackson County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Murphysboro: Murphysborough.


Murphysboro, IL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 7,153 (100%)
Population in Households 6,882 (96.2%)
Population in Families 4,996 (69.8%)
Population in Group Quarters1 271 ( 3.8%)
Population Density 1,380
Diversity Index2 40


Median Household Income $36,131
Average Household Income $48,255
% of Income for Mortgage4 9%
Per Capita Income $21,502
Wealth Index5 39


Total HU (Housing Units) 3,795 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,736 (45.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,424 (37.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 635 (16.7%)
Median Home Value $75,589
Average Home Value $95,193
Housing Affordability Index3 238


Total Households 3,160
Average Household Size 2.18
Family Households 1,754
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population -1.05% -0.89%
Households -0.88% -0.85%
Families -1.02% -1.02%
Median Household Income   1.04%
Per Capita Income   1.99%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.68%


Murphysboro, IL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Murphysboro to the other 1,369 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Illinois by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 281 80th
Population Density # 518 62nd
Median Household Income # 1321 4th
Housing Affordability Index # 707 52nd
Per Capita Income # 1263 8th
Diversity Index # 265 81st

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