Sylvania, Georgia

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Sylvania is a city in Screven County, Georgia, United States. The population was 2,675 at the 2000 census. The city is the county seat of Screven County[3].



Sylvania is located at 32°45′01″N 81°38′23″W / 32.750151°N 81.639590°W / 32.750151; -81.639590.[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.8 square miles (9.8 km²), all of it land.


The area was inhabited for thousands of years by various cultures of indigenous peoples. By the time of European encounter, historic tribes included Iroquoian-speaking Cherokee, as well as Siouan-speaking tribes.

The European-American town of Sylvania was founded in 1790 by settlers' migrating to the area after the American Revolutionary War. It was part of the Black Belt of Georgia, developed for cultivation after the cotton gin made it easier to handle short-fiber cotton. Cotton was the most important commodity crop until late in the 19th century. Planters imported many enslaved African Americans to cultivate the crops. By 1830 the county was filled with people. The county seat was moved from Jacksonborough to Sylvania in 1847.[5]

Sherman's army moved through the area during the Civil War.

Sylvania calls itself the "Azalea and Dogwood City" and the "Welcome Station City". [1]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,675 people, 1,088 households, and 683 families residing in the city. The population density was 705.5 people per square mile (272.5/km²). There were 1,285 housing units at an average density of 338.9/sq mi (130.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 57.42% White, 41.57% African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.34% from other races, and 0.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.93% of the population.

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