Sylva, North Carolina

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Sylva is an incorporated town located in central Jackson County, in the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina, United States of America. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 2,435. It is the county seat[3], having taken over from nearby Webster in 1913.



Sylva is located at 35°22′27″N 83°13′04″W / 35.374199°N 83.217686°W / 35.374199; -83.217686.[4] The town's altitude above sea level is 2,051 feet (625 meters.)

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.2 square miles (8.3 km2), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,435 people, 1,137 households, and 608 families residing in the town. The population density was 759.7 people per square mile (292.9/km2). There were 1,283 housing units at an average density of 400.3/sq mi (154.3/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 89.16% White, 4.68% African American, 1.60% Native American, 1.31% Asian, 0.82% from other races, and 2.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.51% of the population.

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