Sylva, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Sylva, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Sylva had a population of 2,710 as of July 1, 2017.

The primary coordinate point for Sylva is located at latitude 35.3754 and longitude -83.2184 in Jackson County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Sylva (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.19 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Jackson County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 2,044 feet.

The Town of Sylva (GNIS ID: 2406705) 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 Town of Sylva is located within Township of Sylva, a minor civil division (MCD) of Jackson County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Sylva population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Sylva, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 2,710
Daytime Population: Workers 7,313
Daytime Population: Residents 1,257
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 8,570
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 3.16
Population in Households 2,612
Population in Familes 1,883
Population in Group Qrtrs 98
Population Density2 849
Diversity Index3 34


Median Household Income $38,302
Average Household Income $50,586
Per Capita Income $22,805


Total Housing Units 1,428 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 600 (42.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 582 (40.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 246 (17.2%)
Median Home Value $178,049
Average Home Value $210,500


Total Households 1,182
Average Household Size 2.21
Family Households 662
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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 race 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.64% 0.68%
Households 0.52% 0.67%
Families 1.34% 0.54%
Median Household Income   1.83%
Per Capita Income   2.78%

Sylva, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Sylva to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 268 64th
Population Density # 278 63rd
Diversity Index # 504 32nd
Median Household Income # 461 38th
Per Capita Income # 353 52nd

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