Sylva, North Carolina Population 2024

2,675

Sylva is a city located in Jackson County North Carolina. Sylva has a 2024 population of 2,675. It is also the county seat of Jackson County.Sylva is currently growing at a rate of 0.98% annually and its population has increased by 3.4% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 2,587 in 2020.

The average household income in Sylva is $40,639 with a poverty rate of 29.06%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Sylva is 30.1 years, 28.4 years for males, and 30.9 years for females.

Sylva Demographics

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

  • White: 75.74%
  • Two or more races: 12.03%
  • Other race: 7.23%
  • Black or African American: 3.11%
  • Native American: 1.61%
  • Asian: 0.27%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander:
Land Area (mi²)
3.2 sq mi
Density (mi²)
843.40/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
3.4% (88)
The current population of Sylva, North Carolina is 2,675 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 2,587.

Sylva, North Carolina Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White1,97075.74%
Two or more races31312.03%
Other race1887.23%
Black or African American813.11%
Native American421.61%
Asian70.27%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
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White

Two or more races

Other race

Black or African American

Native American

Asian

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Sylva Population by Race

Sylva Population Pyramid 2024

Sylva Median Age

30.1

Total

28.4

Male

30.9

Female

Sylva Adults

There are 1,799 adults, (317 of whom are seniors) in Sylva.

Sylva Age Dependency

75.5

Age Dependency Ratio

21.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

54.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Sylva Sex Ratio

Female1,33451.29%
Male1,26748.71%

Sylva Population by Age

Sylva Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All1,0202.444060
Non Family6161.5328.671.4
Married2084.5767.832.2
Female1703.0853.546.5
Male262.880100
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3.83

Average Family Size

2.44

Average Household Size

40.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Sylva Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Sylva Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Sylva Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among black people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 100%.

Sylva Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$35,296

Average Earnings

$37,169

Average Male

$25,506

Average Female

Sylva Earnings by Educational Attainment

Sylva Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Sylva Language

94.08% of Sylva residents speak only English, while 5.92% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 4.58% of the population.

Sylva Language

Sylva Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White1,86246524.97%
Multiple31319261.34%
Black704057.14%
Other1883116.49%
Hispanic2833110.95%
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29.06%

Overall Poverty Rate

19.37%

Male Poverty Rate

38.62%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Sylva

The race most likely to be in poverty in Sylva is Multiple, with 61.34% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Sylva is Hispanic, with 10.95% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.31%. Among those working part-time, it was 52.97%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 42.58%.

Sylva Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
High School40.88%
Some College27.46%
Bachelors or Greater20.85%
Less Than 9th Grade19.37%
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Sylva Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed60.42%
Male Unemployed31.11%
Female Employed21.31%
Male Employed9.5%
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Sylva Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Sylva Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Sylva Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

28.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

28.5%

Male Marriage Rate

27.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Sylva Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Sylva Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Sylva Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Sylva Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

98

Number of Veterans

79

Male Veterans

19

Female Veterans

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Sylva Veterans by War

count

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Sylva Veterans by Age

count

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Sylva Veterans by Race

Sylva Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

32.65%

Veteran Poverty Rate

47.96%

Veteran Disability Rate

Sylva Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

65.6%

Labor Force Participation

56.7%

Employment Rate

12%

Unemployment Rate

Sylva Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Sylva Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Sylva Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

56.82%

Born in Sylva

90.77%

Native Born

9.23%

Foreign Born

7.61%

Non Citizen

1.61%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

90.77% of Sylva residents were born in the United States, with 56.82% having been born in North Carolina. 7.61% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Sylva Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
20292,805260.94%
20282,779260.94%
20272,753260.95%
20262,727260.96%
20252,701260.97%
20242,675260.98%
20232,649260.99%
20222,623261%
20212,597100.39%
20202,587-135-4.96%
20192,722240.89%
20182,69870.26%
20172,691481.82%
20162,643311.19%
20152,612120.46%
20142,60010.04%
20132,599291.13%
20122,57080.31%
20112,562-1-0.04%
20102,563
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Sylva Population by Year