- Sylva, North Carolina
official_name = Sylva, North Carolina
imagesize = 180px
image_caption = Downtown Sylva
mapsize = 250x200px
map_caption = Location in
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Jackson
leader_name = Brenda Oliver
established_title = Incorporated
established_date = 1889
area_total_km2 = 8.3
area_total_sq_mi = 3.2
area_land_km2 = 8.3
area_land_sq_mi = 3.2
area_water_km2 = 0
area_water_sq_mi = 0
area_water_percent = 0
latd = 35 |latm = 22 |lats = 27 |latNS = N
longd = 83 |longm = 13 |longs = 4 |longEW = W
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 2435
population_density_km2 = 293.3
population_density_sq_mi = 1191.8
timezone = Eastern
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
elevation_m = 839
elevation_ft = 2036
website = [http://www.townofsylva.org/ Town of Sylva, NC]
postal_code = 28779
area_code = 828
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 37-66500GR|2
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 0995798GR|3
Sylva is an incorporated
townlocated in central Jackson County, in the Great Smoky Mountainsof Western North Carolina, United States of America. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total populationof 2,435. It is the county seatGR|6, having taken over from nearby Webster in 1913.
The town is named for William D. Sylva, a Danish handyman who spent a month in the home of General E. R. Hampton. When the town applied for a post office, Hampton asked his young daughter Mae what the town's name should be. She liked the handyman so much she said, "Sylva." [Bob Terrell, "Photographs Bring to Life the History of Scenic, Storied Sylva," "Asheville Citizen-Times", September 11, 2008. ]
Sylva is located at coor dms|35|22|27|N|83|13|4|W|city (35.374199, -83.217686)GR|1. 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
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 2,435 people, 1,137 households, and 608 families residing in the town. The population densitywas 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.
There were 1,137 households out of which 21.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.1% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 46.5% were non-families. 39.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.04 and the average family size was 2.74.
In the town the population was spread out with 18.4% under the age of 18, 12.0% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 20.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.1 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $26,432, and the median income for a family was $36,711. Males had a median income of $25,526 versus $22,401 for females. The
per capita incomefor the town was $17,348. About 13.9% of families and 19.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.9% of those under age 18 and 18.6% of those age 65 or over.
Sylva is home to
Southwestern Community Collegeand is the closest town of size to nearby (6 miles / 9.7 kilometers) Western Carolina University, one of the seventeen schools of the University of North Carolinasystem.
Several movies have been filmed in Sylva including the 1993 blockbuster "The Fugitive" (at Harris Regional Hospital and along Scotts Creek where it crosses West Main St.) and the 1972 movie "
Deliverance" (along Mill Street). The train wreck scene in "The Fugitive" was filmed two miles west of Sylva in the town of Dillsboro.
* [http://www.townofsylva.org/ Official website of Sylva, NC]
* [http://www.city-data.com/city/Sylva-North-Carolina.html Sylva City Data]
* [http://www.downtownsylva.org Downtown Sylva Association]
* [http://cam.thesylvaherald.com/ Downtown Sylva Webcam - courtesy of The Sylva Herald]
* [http://www.thesylvaherald.com/ The Sylva Herald - Newspaper of Sylva, NC]
* [http://rescue.jacksonnc.org Jackson County Rescue Squad]
* [http://www.wcu.edu Western Carolina University] in nearby
Cullowhee, North Carolina
* [http://www.southwest.cc.nc.us/ Southwestern Community College]
/* See also */
Smoky Mountain High School
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