Sylva, North Carolina Population 2020

2,830

Sylva is a city located in North Carolina. With a 2020 population of 2,830, it is the 215th largest city in North Carolina and the 6407th largest city in the United States. Sylva is currently growing at a rate of 1.91% annually and its population has increased by 9.35% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 2,588 in 2010. Spanning over 3 miles, Sylva has a population density of 892 people per square mile.

The average household income in Sylva is $50,025 with a poverty rate of 21.34%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $754 per month, and the median house value is $136,200. The median age in Sylva is 36.3 years, 33.8 years for males, and 37.6 years for females. For every 100 females there are 92.5 males.

Sylva Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Sylva was:

  • White: 77.21%
  • Two or more races: 12.46%
  • Native American: 5.39%
  • Black or African American: 3.18%
  • Asian: 1.72%
  • Other race: 0.04%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Sylva, North Carolina is 2,830, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 2,724.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 2,588.

Sylva, North Carolina Population 2020

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White2,06377.21%
Two or More Races33312.46%
American Indian and Alaska Native1445.39%
Black or African American853.18%
Asian461.72%
Some Other Race10.04%

Sylva Population Pyramid 2020

Sylva Median Age

36.3


Total

33.8


Male

37.6


Female

Sylva Adults

There are 2,020 adults, (403 of whom are seniors) in Sylva.

Sylva Age Dependency

65.2

Age Dependency Ratio

24.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

40.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Sylva Sex Ratio

Female

1,388

51.95%

Male

1,284

48.05%

Sylva Households and Families

Sylva Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Sylva Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married63%37%
Female57.3%42.7%
All50.1%49.9%
Non Family41.9%58.1%
Male30%70%

50.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All1,0612.4250.1
Non Family5351.3741.9
Married3083.7463
Female1783.0657.3
Male403.4330

3.4

Average Family Size

2.42

Average Household Size

10%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Sylva Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1257.32%
9th to 12th Grade955.56%
High School Graduate39623.19%
Some College37722.07%
Associates Degree1357.90%
Bachelors Degree37021.66%
Graduate Degree21012.30%

Sylva Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White1,4191,258514
Multiple Races919130
Black826330
Hispanic642912
Asian3833
Native American3030

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among black people with a rate of 36.59%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$29,873$29,514$31,161
Less Than High School$16,786$23,362$
High School Grad$32,000$35,323$
Some College$27,260$29,922$21,250
Bachelors Degree$37,051$28,083$41,875
Graduate Degree$52,500$41,607$54,107

$29,873

Average Earnings

$29,514

Average Male

$31,161

Average Female

Sylva Language

Sylva Language by Age

Sylva Language

92.64% of Sylva residents speak only English, while 7.36% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 3.74% of the population.

Sylva Poverty

Sylva Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White1,87424813.23%
Multiple32215447.83%
Hispanic1728247.67%
Native1377151.82%
Black674262.69%

21.34%

Overall Poverty Rate

24.42%

Male Poverty Rate

18.38%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Sylva

The race most likely to be in poverty in Sylva is Black, with 62.69% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Sylva is White, with 13.23% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.26%. Among those working part-time, it was 24.72%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 29.43%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School34.38%
High School22.35%
Some College9.57%
Bachelors or Greater7.07%
Name Poverty
Male Unemployed75.56%
Female Unemployed38.89%
Female Employed10.55%
Male Employed10.46%

Sylva Income

Sylva Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$36,948$50,025
Families$46,667$60,275
Married Families$86,375-
Non Families$32,279$38,569

Sylva Marital Status

Sylva Marital Status

Marriage Rates

33.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

38.7%

Male Marriage Rate

29.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Sylva Married by Age and Sex

Sylva Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Sylva Marital Status by Race

Sylva Veterans

134

Number of Veterans

120

Male Veterans

14

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam47
Korea32
First Gulf War30
Second Gulf War29
World War II
Age Group Veterans
35 to 5445
75+40
55 to 6424
65 to 7420
18 to 345
Name Veterans % of Total
White1176.87%
Black1417.07%
Indian33.53%

$Sylva Veterans by Education

11.11%

Veteran Poverty Rate

40.48%

Veteran Disability Rate

Sylva Employment Status

64.7%

Labor Force Participation

60.5%

Employment Rate

6%

Unemployment Rate

Sylva Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

60.33%

Born in North Carolina

94.50%

Native Born

5.50%

Foreign Born

4.23%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

94.50% of Sylva residents were born in the United States, with 60.33% having been born in North Carolina. 4.23% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20202,830531.91%
20192,777531.95%
20182,72470.26%
20172,717531.99%
20162,664291.10%
20152,635140.53%
20142,6210.00%
20132,621291.12%
20122,59260.23%
20112,586-1-0.04%
20102,5870.00%