Dillsboro, North Carolina

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Dillsboro is a town in Jackson County, North Carolina, United States. The town is a popular tourist location, at which visitors tend to stop on their way into the Great Smoky Mountains. The town of Sylva is located just one mile (1.6 km) east of Dillsboro and is the county seat. The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad begins in Dillsboro and follows the historic "Murphy Branch" constructed in the 1880s. The population was 205 at the 2000 census.



Dillsboro is located at 35°22′11″N 83°15′4″W / 35.36972°N 83.25111°W / 35.36972; -83.25111 (35.369671, -83.251114).[3] The town's altitude above sea level is 1,975 feet (602 meters.)

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 205 people, 111 households, and 45 families residing in the town. The population density was 516.1 people per square mile (197.9/km²). There were 126 housing units at an average density of 317.2/sq mi (121.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 92.68% White, 0.98% African American, 3.41% Asian, and 2.93% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.98% of the population.

There were 111 households out of which 15.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.3% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 58.6% were non-families. 54.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 34.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.85 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the town the population was spread out with 16.6% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 31.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females there were 66.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 59.8 males.

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