Sylva, NC

Sylva NC is located in Jackson County...

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December 18, 2015

Sylva NC is located in the western part of the state of North Carolina, within the Balsam Mountain range (near Great Smoky Mountains) of the southern Appalachians. It is the county seat of Jackson County, found centrally to the county.

There are about 2,600 people living in Sylva. The town is often referred to as "Sylva-Webster", as a nearby section is the Webster community.

Situated just a few minutes from Western Carolina University, Sylva is home to Southwestern Community College and Smoky Mountain High School (Mustangs).

Incorporated in 1889, Sylva NC rests at a little over 2,000 feet in elevation at grid coordinates Latitude 35.37 North, Longitude 83.22 West. There are 3.2 square miles of land in the town proper. It is a Main Street community with various shops and restaurants. Sylva is conveniently located near the Blue Ridge Parkway.



Most ancestry for Sylva is of the Irish and English heritage. Though there are some Germany ancestry in the town.



Most people believe, though it isn't proven, that William D. Sylva, a friend of an early landowner and businessman of the Sylva area (General E. R. Hampton), is where the town gets its name. There has been some dispute from ancestral records, and even his grand-daughter agrees the name isn't spelled correctly.

Sylva became the seat of Jackson County in 1913 after a vote relinquishing nearby Webster of the honor. It mostly had to do with the railroad going through Sylva and not Webster. The courthouse was built in 1913 on a hill overlooking the town on what is known as "Courthouse Hill".



Before the 4-lane highway was built in 1973, Sylva had the honor of being the only incorporated town in America to have a waterfall.

There are four parks in Sylva NC. Poteet, Mark Watson, Bridge, and Bryson Parks. The neighborhoods include Court House Hill, Downtown, Dills Cove, Sunrise Park, Love's Field (Fairview), Hall Heights, College Hill, Tannery Flats, Dillardtown, Cope Creek, Locust Creek, East Sylva, and Beta.

Do you remember the movie "The Fugitive"? Harrison Ford? Well, parts of the movie was filmed here. There is a shot of the town as seen from Sylvan Heights after the train wreck. The infamous train/bus crash at the beginning of the movie was filmed nearby in Dillsboro. The train and bus remnants are still viewable.

Zip Code

The zip code for Sylva NC is 28779

Demographics

About 75% of the population 25 years or older has a high-school diploma, while 1/4th Sylva NC holds a Bachelor's degree or higher. 42% are married, 10% widowed, and 16% divorced. There are about 200 foreign born residents in Sylva. The median age is 34 for males, and 40 for females.

Sylva is a fairly safe town. Murders are about 1 every two or three years, while robberies are a couple per year.

The unemployment rate in July 2013 was 8%, or slightly lower than the state average.

Towns Nearby

LAKE TOXAWAY, NC
MAGGIE VALLEY, NC
BALSAM, NC
DILLSBORO, NC
WEBSTER, NC
CULLOWHEE, NC
GLENVILLE, NC
HAZELWOOD, NC
LAKE JUNALUSKA, NC
FRANKLIN, NC
WHITTIER, NC
TUCKASEGEE, NC
WAYNESVILLE, NC

Cherokee, Bryson City, Waynesville, and Maggie Valley, NC are about 3-4 miles down the road from Sylva. The nearest large city is Asheville, about 40 miles to the east.

Sylva NC Weather

The weather in Sylva is moderate with four seasons. The summers are mildly warm with high temperatures near 85 degrees F. Lows in the summers are around 60 F. Winter temperatures are around 48 F. for the high and 25 F. for the lows. Expect about 10 inches of snowfall in December and January.


 

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