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Welcome to Sylva ...

The town of Sylva is located in Jackson County<1> and is the County Seat for Jackson County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Sylva has a population of 2,722 people<2> (see below for details).

Sylva was established in 1889.

The community of Sylva is 2,070 feet [631 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Sylva lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Sylva is located in the (828) area code.

Websites for Sylva ...

Official Website: www.townofsylva.org/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Sylva had an population of 2,722 people. This is an increase of 5.18% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 11.79% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Sylva had a population of 2,588 people (or 6.43% of the total population of Jackson County). This makes Sylva the county's most populous community.

The population of Sylva represents 0.03% of the population of North Carolina (which has 9,535,483 people), making it the state's 221st most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 2,588 people, the population of Sylva increased 6.28% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 2,435 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Sylva.

Communities Also Named Sylva ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 2 communities that are also named Sylva - they are located in Arkansas and New York.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Sylva.

Communities near Sylva ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Sylva.

  • Waynesville [Haywood County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Waynesville
    • Waynesville [Haywood County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<4> to the northeast of Sylva
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 10,557 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Waynesville have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Waynesville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Waynesville<6>
  • Franklin [Macon County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Franklin
    • Franklin [Macon County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<4> to the southwest of Sylva
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,121 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Franklin
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Franklin<6>
  • Hazelwood [Haywood County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hazelwood
    • Hazelwood [Haywood County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<4> to the northeast of Sylva
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hazelwood have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hazelwood
  • Bryson City [Swain County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bryson City
    • Bryson City [Swain County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<4> to the west of Sylva
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,443 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bryson City have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bryson City
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bryson City<6>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Maggie Valley [Haywood County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Maggie Valley
      • Maggie Valley [Haywood County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<4> to the northeast of Sylva
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,258 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Maggie Valley have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Maggie Valley
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Maggie Valley<6>
    • Forest Hills [Jackson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Forest Hills
      • Forest Hills [Jackson County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<4> to the south of Sylva
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 376 people
      • Forest Hills has also been known as:
      • Forest Hills village
      • Village of Forest Hills
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Forest Hills
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Forest Hills<6>
    • Cullowhee [Jackson County]
    • Wilmot [Jackson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wilmot
      • Wilmot [Jackson County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<4> to the west of Sylva
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wilmot
    • Ruby City [Jackson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ruby City
      • Ruby City [Jackson County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<4> to the east of Sylva
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ruby City have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ruby City
    • Paint Town [Jackson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Paint Town
      • Paint Town [Jackson County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<4> to the northwest of Sylva
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Paint Town have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Paint Town

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Sylva. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Sylva.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Sylva. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Sylva.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Sylva. Our list includes 5 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Sylva.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Sylva ...

Looking for more information about Sylva? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Sylva, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Sylva.

Adding Sylva to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Sylva in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Sylva was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Sylva on a map titled Rand McNally Map of North Carolina (1911).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Sylva on our Genealogy Page.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for North Carolina

About Jackson County

About North Carolina

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Sylva: www.townofsylva.org/

The official website for Jackson County: www.jacksonnc.org/

The official website for State of North Carolina: https://www.nc.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of North Carolina's counties, including Jackson, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Sylva.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Sylva - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Sylva) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Sylva. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from SylvaOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sylva. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.3742, Longitude: -83.2259    
<5>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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