Dillsboro, NC

Dillsboro, situated in Jackson County, is a small town made up of .4 square miles.

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The town was founded in the 1880s when the Murphy Branch Railroad was built through the area.  

In 2012, efforts to restore the ecosystem of the Tuckasagee River led to Dillsboro Dam and Powerhouse being demolished. The town is named after William Allen Dills.  


The median resident age in Dillsboro is 48 years. The median estimated household income is about $47,000 making it about $1,000 less than the North Carolina average.  

The estimated per capita is about $26,000. The average price for a home in Dillsboro is about $227,000 (2013) which is $67,000 more than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $700 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Dillsboro is 93% White, 5% Hispanic, 1% Two or more races, and 1% other. 97% of the population are high school graduates, with 30% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 46% are married, 12% are divorced, 2% are separated, 7% are widowed, leaving 34% that have never been married.

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Jackson County

Dillsboro belongs to Jackson County in the western part of North Carolina. In 1851, Jackson County was formed from parts of Macon and Haywood counties.

The county, named after Andrew Jackson, is part of the Cullowhee, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area. Jackson County has a population of 40,000 and its largest town Sylva, with a population of 2,600, is the county seat.

Jackson County borders Transylvania, Oconee (South Carolina), Macon, Haywood, and Swain counties.

Jackson County is made up of 495 square miles. 491 of which is land with the remaining 4 as water.


The population of Dillsboro, NC is about 230. The population has been steadily increasing since the 2000.


The elevation of Dillsboro, NC is 1,975 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Dillsboro, NC is 28725.

Area Code

The area code for Dillsboro, NC is 828.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Dillsboro and Jackson County have voted mostly Republican, with 50% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous two out of four election.

As of 2010, 53% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 42% are Protestants with Catholics and Other making up around 5%.


The unemployment rate for Dillsboro is about 5% (2015), making it equal to the state average of around 5%. Retail, education, finance, and construction make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Sylva Herald and Smoky Mountain News are the primary newspapers that cover the Jackson County area.