Sylva, North Carolina

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Population in 2017: 2,678 (92% urban, 8% rural).
Population change since 2000: +10.0%
 
Males: 1,222  (45.6%)
Females: 1,456  (54.4%)
Median resident age:

35.8 years
North Carolina median age:

38.8 years

Zip codes: 28779.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $49,625 (it was $26,432 in 2000)
Sylva:

$49,625
NC:

$52,752

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $23,093 (it was $17,348 in 2000)

Sylva town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $145,786 (it was $81,500 in 2000)
Sylva:

$145,786
NC:

$171,200

Median gross rent in 2017: $819.

March 2019 cost of living index in Sylva: 81.9 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 15.9%
(13.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 18.4% for Black residents, 27.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 35.6% for American Indian residents, 32.2% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Sylva, NC (2017)
    • 1,92472.1%White alone
    • 2589.7%Two or more races
    • 1585.9%Black alone
    • 1445.4%Hispanic
    • 1074.0%Asian alone
    • 823.1%American Indian alone

Races in Sylva detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of North Carolina and other state lists, there were 35 registered sex offenders living in Sylva, North Carolina as of August 06, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Sylva is 76 to 1.


Crime rates in Sylva by year

Type

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
1
(40.9)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
2
(76.3)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
1
(40.8)
1
(40.9)
0
(0.0)
5
(206.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(38.2)
0
(0.0)
2
(72.9)
1
(38.4)
3
(115.2)
0
(0.0)
N/A
Robberies
(per 100,000)
1
(40.8)
2
(81.8)
2
(84.4)
3
(123.6)
7
(287.2)
2
(76.3)
2
(76.5)
4
(145.8)
0
(0.0)
1
(38.4)
0
(0.0)
1
(37.7)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
23
(938.0)
30
(1,226)
20
(844.2)
12
(494.4)
28
(1,149)
17
(648.6)
16
(612.1)
15
(546.6)
12
(460.3)
16
(614.2)
10
(381.2)
10
(376.9)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
65
(2,651)
35
(1,431)
44
(1,857)
37
(1,525)
45
(1,847)
44
(1,679)
64
(2,448)
51
(1,859)
29
(1,112)
54
(2,073)
53
(2,021)
53
(1,998)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
179
(7,300)
163
(6,664)
138
(5,825)
196
(8,076)
181
(7,427)
146
(5,570)
117
(4,476)
126
(4,592)
139
(5,332)
170
(6,526)
168
(6,405)
206
(7,765)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
9
(367.0)
7
(286.2)
10
(422.1)
3
(123.6)
12
(492.4)
5
(190.8)
7
(267.8)
7
(255.1)
10
(383.6)
8
(307.1)
16
(610.0)
9
(339.2)
Arson
(per 100,000)
1
(40.8)
1
(40.9)
1
(42.2)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
2
(76.3)
1
(38.3)
0
(0.0)
1
(38.4)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)739.4773.9591.0740.4781.7691.3517.2545.6444.6657.2522.7564.3

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City-data.com crime index in Sylva, NC

Crime rate in Sylva detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 14 (14 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

5.20
North Carolina average:

2.34
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Ancestries: American (40.7%), English (9.3%), Irish (4.2%), Scotch-Irish (3.4%), German (3.2%), European (2.6%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated in 1889

Elevation: 2036 feet

Land area: 3.21 square miles.

Population density: 836 people per square mile   (low).

Sylva, North Carolina map

71 residents are foreign born (0.7% Latin America).

This town:

2.7%
North Carolina:

7.8%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $1,009 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $629 (0.4%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Asheville, NC (39.9 miles , pop. 68,889).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Atlanta, GA (130.5 miles , pop. 416,474).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (508.0 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Dillsboro, NC (1.4 miles ),
Webster, NC (1.4 miles ),
Cullowhee, NC (2.2 miles ),
Forest Hills, NC (2.3 miles ),
Cherokee, NC (3.0 miles ),
Maggie Valley, NC (3.6 miles ),
Bryson City, NC (3.7 miles ),
Waynesville, NC (3.8 miles )

Latitude: 35.37 N, Longitude: 83.22 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +4,818 (+180.5%)
Workers who live and work in this town: 459 (34.4%)

Area code: 828

Distribution of median household income in Sylva, NC in 2017
Distribution of house value in Sylva, NC in 2017
Sylva satellite photo by USGS
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

4.7%
North Carolina:

4.1%
Population change in the 1990s: +535 (+28.2%).
Most common industries in Sylva, NC (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Educational services (16.9%)
  • Health care (11.6%)
  • Accommodation & food services (10.3%)
  • Construction (7.7%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (4.3%)
  • Social assistance (3.7%)
  • Food & beverage stores (3.4%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (14.3%)
  • Accommodation & food services (9.6%)
  • Educational services (7.1%)
  • Health care (5.5%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (4.8%)
  • Motor vehicle & parts dealers (4.6%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (4.6%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Educational services (27.9%)
  • Health care (18.4%)
  • Accommodation & food services (11.1%)
  • Social assistance (6.7%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (4.0%)
  • Private households (3.3%)
  • Food & beverage stores (2.9%)
Most common occupations in Sylva, NC (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6.1%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (4.2%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (4.0%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (3.8%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (3.8%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (3.8%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (3.6%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (7.2%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7.2%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5.9%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (5.0%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4.5%)
  • Carpenters (4.1%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4.0%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (8.0%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6.3%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6.1%)
  • Cashiers (5.2%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5.0%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (4.6%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (4.6%)

Average climate in Sylva, North Carolina

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Sylva, North Carolina environmental map by EPA

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI SO2 Ozone PM2.5
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 70.7. This is about average.

City:

70.7
U.S.:

74.2
Sulfur Dioxide Level

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2015 was 0.382. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 0.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.382
U.S.:

1.789
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 29.7. This is about average. Closest monitor was 10.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

29.7
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 7.69. This is about average. Closest monitor was 7.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

7.69
U.S.:

8.46

Tornado activity:

Sylva-area historical tornado activity is slightly below North Carolina state average. It is 30% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/3/1974, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 44.2 miles away from the Sylva town center killed 4 people and injured 26 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 6/28/1976, a category F2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado 4.6 miles away from the town center caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Sylva-area historical earthquake activity is above North Carolina state average. It is 79% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 51.1 miles away from the city center
On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG) earthquake occurred 111.9 miles away from Sylva center
On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 199.9 miles away from Sylva center
On 4/29/2003 at 08:59:39, a magnitude 4.9 (4.4 MB, 4.6 MW, 4.9 LG, Depth: 12.2 mi) earthquake occurred 149.7 miles away from Sylva center
On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi) earthquake occurred 334.5 miles away from Sylva center
On 9/7/1988 at 02:28:09, a magnitude 4.6 (4.5 MB, 4.6 LG) earthquake occurred 195.0 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Jackson County (9) is smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 7
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 4, Storms: 3, Hurricanes: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Landslide: 1, Mudslide: 1, Snowfall: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Sylva topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Sylva:

  • MEDWEST HARRIS (Voluntary non-profit - Private, provides emergency services, 68 HOSPITAL RD)
  • SMOKY ICF/MR GROUP HOME (115 STORYBOOK LANE)
  • HARRIS REGIONAL HOSPITAL TCU (68 HOSPITAL ROAD)
  • MOUNTAIN TRACE REHABILITATION AND NURSING CENTER (417 MOUNTAIN TRACE ROAD)
  • SKYLAND CARE CENTER (193 ASHEVILLE HWY)
  • SYLVA DIALYSIS CENTER (655 ASHEVILLE HIGHWAY)
  • WESTCARE HOME HEALTH AND HOS (132 SYLVA PLAZA)

Airports located in Sylva:

College/University in Sylva:

  • Southwestern Community College (Full-time enrollment: 1,926; Location: 447 College Dr; Public; Website: www.southwesterncc.edu)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Sylva:

  • Western Carolina University (about 9 miles; Cullowhee, NC; Full-time enrollment: 8,684)
  • Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (about 40 miles; Asheville, NC; FT enrollment: 6,992)
  • University of North Carolina at Asheville (about 41 miles; Asheville, NC; FT enrollment: 3,312)
  • North Greenville University (about 53 miles; Tigerville, SC; FT enrollment: 2,341)
  • Clemson University (about 53 miles; Clemson, SC; FT enrollment: 20,131)
  • Furman University (about 54 miles; Greenville, SC; FT enrollment: 2,988)
  • Tri-County Technical College (about 57 miles; Pendleton, SC; FT enrollment: 5,174)

Public high schools in Sylva:

  • SMOKY MOUNTAIN HIGH (Location: 100 SMOKY MOUNTAIN DRIVE, Grades: 9-12)
  • JACKSON CO SCH OF ALTERNATIVES (Location: 3770 SKYLAND DRIVE, Grades: KG-12)
  • JACKSON CO EARLY COLLEGE (Location: 404 COLLEGE DRIVE, Grades: 9-12)

Private high school in Sylva:

  • VICTORY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 74, Location: 278 VICTORY CHURCH RD, Grades: PK-12)

Public elementary/middle schools in Sylva:

  • FAIRVIEW ELEMENTARY (Location: 251 BIG ORANGE WAY, Grades: KG-8)
  • SCOTTS CREEK ELEMENTARY (Location: 516 PARRIS BRANCH, Grades: KG-8)

Private elementary/middle school in Sylva:

  • HERITAGE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (Students: 60, Location: 501 N RIVER RD, Grades: KG-8)
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Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Sylva: Sylva Plaza (A), Jackson Plaza (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Church in Sylva: Liberty Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Cemeteries: Dills Cemetery (1), Parris Cemetery (2), Keener Cemetery (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Cope Creek (A), Bumgarner Branch (B), Allens Branch (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Hotels: Hemlock Hill Lodge (110 Geranium Drive), Comfort Inn Sylva (US 23 And 74), Comfort Inn (PO Box 2100), Economy Inn (940 West Main Street), Blue Ridge Inn (756 West Main Street), Carol's Cabins (1240 Mockingbird Lane).

Court: Jackson County - Juvenile Services Division 30th District Court (8 Colonial Square).

Birthplace of: Johnny Oates - Baseball player and coach, Frank Huguelet - Professional wrestler, Ed Sutton - Football player.

Jackson County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Sylva and their reported violations in the past:

DOT-I-40 REST AREA WBL (Address: NCDOT ROADSIDE ENVIRONMENTAL , Population served: 1,000, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One regular monitoring violation
FORT TATHAM CAMPGROUND (Population served: 251, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - Between APR-2009 and JUN-2009, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JUL-17-2009), St Formal NOV issued (JUL-17-2009), St Compliance achieved (SEP-20-2010)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In JUL-2005, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JUL-20-2005), St Formal NOV issued (JUL-20-2005), St Compliance achieved (JUN-11-2010), St Intentional no-action (JUN-11-2010)
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
  • One minor monitoring violation
SYLVA INN (Population served: 150, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Initial Tap Sampling for Pb and Cu - In JAN-01-1994, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (JUN-02-1995), St Public Notif requested (JUN-02-1995), St Compliance achieved (MAY-18-2007), State No Longer Subject to Rule (MAY-18-2007)
  • 8 routine major monitoring violations
  • One regular monitoring violation
DOT-HENDERSON CO WEIGH ST WBL (Address: NCDOT ROADSIDE ENVIRONMENTAL , Population served: 100, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In AUG-2009, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (AUG-06-2009), St Formal NOV issued (AUG-06-2009), St Public Notif received (AUG-28-2009), St Compliance achieved (JAN-06-2010)
Past monitoring violations:
  • One regular monitoring violation
OLD SCHOOL ANTIQUE MALL (Population served: 100, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 7 routine major monitoring violations
  • 2 regular monitoring violations
DOT-HENDERSON CO WEIGH STA EBL (Address: NCDOT ROADSIDE ENVIRONMENTAL , Population served: 100, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One regular monitoring violation
JEHOVAH`S WITNESS KINGDOM (Population served: 80, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - Between APR-2013 and JUN-2013, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JUN-28-2013), St Formal NOV issued (JUN-28-2013), St AO (w/o penalty) issued (JUN-28-2013), St Compliance achieved (JUL-31-2013), St Public Notif received (AUG-07-2013)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - Between JUL-2006 and SEP-2006, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (2 times from AUG-02-2006 to AUG-02-2006), St Public Notif requested (2 times from AUG-02-2006 to AUG-02-2006), St Compliance achieved (MAY-02-2007)
Past monitoring violations:
  • 6 routine major monitoring violations
  • 2 regular monitoring violations
CAROL`S CABINS (Population served: 53, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • OCCT/SOWT Study/Recommendation - In APR-01-2011, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (SEP-07-2011), St Formal NOV issued (SEP-07-2011), St AO (w/o penalty) issued (SEP-07-2011), St Public Notif received (OCT-14-2011)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Initial, Follow-up, or Routine Source Water M/R - In APR-01-2011, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (SEP-07-2011), St Formal NOV issued (SEP-07-2011), St AO (w/o penalty) issued (SEP-07-2011), St Public Notif received (OCT-14-2011)
  • Water Quality Parameter M/R - Between APR-2011 and JUN-2011, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (SEP-07-2011), St Formal NOV issued (SEP-07-2011), St AO (w/o penalty) issued (SEP-07-2011), St Public Notif received (OCT-14-2011)
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In OCT-01-2007, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (MAY-29-2008), St Formal NOV issued (MAY-29-2008), St AO (w/penalty) issued (JUN-26-2008), St Compliance achieved (AUG-31-2009)
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In OCT-01-2006, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JAN-18-2007), St Formal NOV issued (JAN-18-2007), St AO (w/penalty) issued (JUN-26-2008), St Compliance achieved (AUG-31-2009)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between JAN-2005 and DEC-2005, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JUN-20-2006), St Formal NOV issued (JUN-20-2006), St Public Notif received (SEP-05-2006), St Compliance achieved (DEC-28-2006)
  • One other older monitoring violation

Drinking water stations with addresses in Sylva that have no violations reported:

  • TOP CAT EXXON (Population served: 100, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • LAUREL BUSH CAMPGROUND (Population served: 61, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • LOVEDALE BAPTIST CHURCH (Address: ATTN REV MIKE FARMER , Population served: 60, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • OCHRE HILL BAPTIST CHURCH (Population served: 25, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
Average household size:
This town:

2.2 people
North Carolina:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:

52.8%
Whole state:

66.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:

8.2%
Whole state:

5.9%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.4% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.4% of all households

People in group quarters in Sylva in 2010:

  • 73 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 41 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 6 people in group homes intended for adults

People in group quarters in Sylva in 2000:

  • 81 people in nursing homes
  • 17 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 7 people in other types of correctional institutions
  • 6 people in homes for the mentally retarded

Banks with branches in Sylva (2011 data):

  • United Community Bank: Sylva Branch at 55 Asheville Road, branch established on 1991/01/24; Sylva Branch at 1640 East Main Street, branch established on 1997/04/21. Info updated 2009/06/23: Bank assets: $6,977.4 mil, Deposits: $6,170.1 mil, headquarters in Blairsville, GA, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 106 total offices, Holding Company: United Community Banks, Inc.
  • Branch Banking and Trust Company: Sylva Branch at 186 Grindstaff Cove Road, branch established on 2001/11/13. Info updated 2010/03/29: Bank assets: $168,867.6 mil, Deposits: $127,549.5 mil, headquarters in Winston Salem, NC, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1793 total offices, Holding Company: Bb&T Corporation
  • Jackson Savings Bank, SSB: Jackson Savings Bank, Ssb at 741 West Main Street, branch established on 1955/01/01. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $35.4 mil, Deposits: $29.2 mil, local headquarters, negative income in the last year, Mortgage Lending Specialization, 2 total offices
  • SunTrust Bank: Sylva Main Branch 146 at 624 West Main Street, branch established on 1962/04/02. Info updated 2010/05/27: Bank assets: $171,291.7 mil, Deposits: $129,833.2 mil, headquarters in Atlanta, GA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1716 total offices, Holding Company: Suntrust Banks, Inc.
  • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association: Sylva Branch at 733 West Main Street, branch established on 1962/11/26. Info updated 2011/04/05: Bank assets: $1,161,490.0 mil, Deposits: $905,653.0 mil, headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD, positive income, 6395 total offices, Holding Company: Wells Fargo & Company
  • Macon Bank, Inc.: Sylva Branch at 498 East Main Street, branch established on 1999/10/25. Info updated 2011/02/10: Bank assets: $874.5 mil, Deposits: $751.0 mil, headquarters in Franklin, NC, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 11 total offices, Holding Company: Macon Bancorp
  • First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company: Sylva Branch at 403 Jackson Plaza, branch established on 1973/03/12. Info updated 2011/10/11: Bank assets: $20,566.4 mil, Deposits: $17,596.8 mil, headquarters in Raleigh, NC, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 433 total offices, Holding Company: First Citizens Bancshares, Inc.

For population 15 years and over in Sylva:

Marital status in Sylva, NC
  • Never married: 34.8%
  • Now married: 42.1%
  • Separated: 3.5%
  • Widowed: 9.6%
  • Divorced: 10.0%

For population 25 years and over in Sylva:

  • High school or higher: 84.4%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 28.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 11.5%
  • Unemployed: 6.6%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 17.8 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

12.6
North Carolina average:

11.9

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Sylva
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Religion statistics for Sylva, NC (based on Jackson County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant13,66077
Mainline Protestant3,82518
Catholic1,2781
Other5493
Black Protestant1161
None21,708-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 7
Jackson County:

1.93 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

2.05 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Jackson County:

0.28 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

0.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Here:

0.55 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

0.92 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 20
This county:

5.51 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

4.75 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 36
Jackson County:

9.93 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

7.57 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

11.0%
State:

9.8%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

28.0%
State:

28.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

18.9%
State:

15.6%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Sylva:

48.2%
State:

48.1%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Here:

43.2%
North Carolina:

44.6%

Average BMI:
Sylva:

28.9
State:

28.8

People feeling badly about themselves:
Sylva:

20.7%
North Carolina:

21.2%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Here:

13.6%
North Carolina:

10.8%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Sylva:

6.8
North Carolina:

6.8

Overweight people:
Here:

33.1%
North Carolina:

33.6%

General health condition:
Sylva:

53.9%
North Carolina:

54.9%

Average condition of hearing:
Here:

76.2%
State:

79.3%

More about Health and Nutrition of Sylva, NC Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Police Protection - Officers 13$41,781$38,5671$1,594
Other Government Administration 10$14,313$17,1760$0
Other and Unallocable 10$20,786$24,94317$9,219
Streets and Highways 7$19,379$33,2210$0
Financial Administration 1$4,639$55,6680$0
Parks and Recreation 0$0 3$2,176
Police - Other 0$0 0$0
Totals for Government 41$100,898$29,53121$12,989

Sylva government finances - Expenditure in 2012 (per resident):

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $53,000 ($19.79)
    Police Protection: $34,000 ($12.70)
    Local Fire Protection: $21,000 ($7.84)
  • Current Operations - Liquor Stores: $1,759,000 ($656.83)
    Police Protection: $993,000 ($370.80)
    Regular Highways: $381,000 ($142.27)
    Central Staff Services: $328,000 ($122.48)
    Local Fire Protection: $224,000 ($83.64)
    Solid Waste Management: $118,000 ($44.06)
    Financial Administration: $80,000 ($29.87)
    Parks and Recreation: $55,000 ($20.54)
    General Public Buildings: $29,000 ($10.83)
    Health - Other: $28,000 ($10.46)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $21,000 ($7.84)
    General - Other: $19,000 ($7.09)
    Housing and Community Development: $13,000 ($4.85)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities - Other: $10,000 ($3.73)
    Libraries: $5,000 ($1.87)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $72,000 ($26.89)
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Health - Other: $8,000 ($2.99)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Local Fire Protection: $602,000 ($224.79)
    Regular Highways: $85,000 ($31.74)
    Police Protection: $17,000 ($6.35)
    Housing and Community Development: $5,000 ($1.87)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $346,000 ($129.20)

Sylva government finances - Revenue in 2012 (per resident):

  • Charges - Other: $350,000 ($130.69)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $33,000 ($12.32)
    Parking Facilities: $20,000 ($7.47)
    Parks and Recreation: $6,000 ($2.24)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $62,000 ($23.15)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $54,000 ($20.16)
    Interest Earnings: $23,000 ($8.59)
    Sale of Property: $9,000 ($3.36)
  • Revenue - Liquor Stores: $2,093,000 ($781.55)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $390,000 ($145.63)
    Highways: $69,000 ($25.77)
    Other: $40,000 ($14.94)
  • Tax - Property: $1,316,000 ($491.41)
    Alcoholic Beverage Sales: $427,000 ($159.45)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $327,000 ($122.11)
    Other License: $103,000 ($38.46)
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $1,000 ($0.37)

Sylva government finances - Debt in 2012 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,085,000 ($778.57)
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,847,000 ($689.69)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $380,000 ($141.90)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $143,000 ($53.40)

Sylva government finances - Cash and Securities in 2012 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $6,855,000 ($2559.75)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $436,000 ($162.81)

9.21% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($49,827 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.21%
North Carolina average:

7.88%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Swain County, NC  1.29% ($32,398 average AGI)
from Haywood County, NC  0.64% ($32,695)
from Buncombe County, NC  0.51% ($33,258)


8.45% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($39,423 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.45%
North Carolina average:

7.23%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Swain County, NC  1.10% ($27,191 average AGI)
to Haywood County, NC  0.76% ($34,031)
to Buncombe County, NC  0.55% ($51,831)
Businesses in Sylva, NC
NameCountNameCount
Advance Auto Parts1McDonald's1
Arby's1Nike1
Burger King1Pizza Hut1
CVS1RadioShack1
Curves1Rite Aid1
Decora Cabinetry1Ryan's Grill1
Domino's Pizza1SONIC Drive-In1
FedEx2Taco Bell1
Ford1U-Haul3
H&R Block1U.S. Cellular1
KFC1UPS4
Lane Furniture1Waffle House1
Lowe's1Walmart1
MasterBrand Cabinets2Wendy's1

Strongest AM radio stations in Sylva:

  • WRGC (680 AM; 1 kW; SYLVA, NC; Owner: GEORGIA-CAROLINA RADIOCASTING COMPANY, LLC)
  • WLFJ (660 AM; daytime; 50 kW; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WFGW (1010 AM; 50 kW; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLUE RIDGE BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WCSZ (1070 AM; 50 kW; SANS SOUCI, SC; Owner: WHYZ RADIO, L.P.)
  • WPFJ (1480 AM; 5 kW; FRANKLIN, NC; Owner: DRAKE ENTERPRISES, LTD.)
  • WKVL (850 AM; daytime; 50 kW; KNOXVILLE, TN; Owner: HORNE RADIO, LLC)
  • WGCR (720 AM; daytime; 10 kW; PISGAH FOREST, NC; Owner: ANCHOR BAPTIST BROADCASTING ASSOCIATION)
  • WKJV (1380 AM; 25 kW; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: INTERNATIONAL BAPTIST OUTREACH MISSIONS)
  • WOXL (970 AM; 5 kW; CANTON, NC; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF NORTH CAROLINA, LLC)
  • WWNC (570 AM; 5 kW; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WCNN (680 AM; 50 kW; NORTH ATLANTA, GA; Owner: DICKEY BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WFSC (1050 AM; 1 kW; FRANKLIN, NC; Owner: SUTTON RADIOCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WSB (750 AM; 50 kW; ATLANTA, GA; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Sylva:

  • W237AR (95.3 FM; HAZELWOOD, ETC., NC; Owner: WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • WWCU (90.5 FM; CULLOWHEE, NC; Owner: WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY)
  • WNCC-FM (96.7 FM; FRANKLIN, NC; Owner: SUTTON RADIOCASTING CORPORATION)
  • W218AB (91.5 FM; SYLVA, NC; Owner: WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • WKSF (99.9 FM; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WFQS (91.3 FM; FRANKLIN, NC; Owner: WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • W220CD (91.9 FM; ENKA, NC; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • WQNS (104.9 FM; WAYNESVILLE, NC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WHLC (104.5 FM; HIGHLANDS, NC; Owner: CHARISMA RADIO CORP.)
  • WCVP-FM (95.9 FM; ROBBINSVILLE, NC; Owner: CHEROKEE BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • W269AY (101.7 FM; HIGHLANDS, NC; Owner: WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • W277AL (103.3 FM; HIGHLANDS, NC; Owner: CHARISMA RADIO CORPORATION)
  • WESC-FM (92.5 FM; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WIVK-FM (107.7 FM; KNOXVILLE, TN; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WWST (102.1 FM; SEVIERVILLE, TN; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • WMIT (106.9 FM; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLUE RIDGE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WMYI (102.5 FM; HENDERSONVILLE, NC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WNCW (88.7 FM; SPINDALE, NC; Owner: ISOTHERMAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • W218AD (91.5 FM; BREVARD, NC; Owner: WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • WRBN (104.1 FM; CLAYTON, GA; Owner: SUTTON RADIOCASTING CORPORATION)

TV broadcast stations around Sylva:

  • W02AF (Channel 2; SYLVA, ETC., NC; Owner: WYFF HEARST-ARGYLE TELEVISION, INC.)
  • W09AF (Channel 9; SYLVA, ETC., NC; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL BROADCASTING OF SO. CAROLINA HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • W50AB (Channel 50; HIAWASSEE, GA; Owner: GEORGIA PUBLIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION)
  • WHNS (Channel 21; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: MEREDITH CORPORATION)
  • W56AG (Channel 56; FRANKLIN, ETC., NC; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • WASV-TV (Channel 62; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL BROADCASTING OF SOUTH CAROLINA HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • W23AF (Channel 23; CULLOWHEE, NC; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • W05AE (Channel 5; SYLVA, ETC., NC; Owner: WLOS LICENSEE, LLC)
  • W51CK (Channel 51; TALBERT, KY; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • WYFF (Channel 4; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: WYFF HEARST-ARGYLE TELEVISION, INC.)
  • W66BU (Channel 66; SYLVA, NC; Owner: MEREDITH CORPORATION)
  • W69CN (Channel 69; BRYSON CITY, NC; Owner: MEREDITH CORPORATION)
Sylva fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
See more detailed statistics of Sylva fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 55Number of bridges
  • 341ft / 104mTotal length
  • 279,700Total average daily traffic
  • 31,279Total average daily truck traffic
  • 392,760Total future (year 2025) average daily traffic
New bridges in Sylva, NC - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 31920-1929
  • 21930-1939
  • 21940-1949
  • 11950-1959
  • 91960-1969
  • 331970-1979
  • 11980-1989
  • 11990-1999
  • 12000-2009
  • 22010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Sylva, NC
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Sylva)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 23 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Sylva, NC)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 20 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 13 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 87 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Sylva)

FAA Registered Aircraft: 9 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Sylva)

2002 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year According to the data from the years 2002 - 2018 the average number of fires per year is 55. The highest number of reported fire incidents - 95 took place in 2014, and the least - 9 in 2002. The data has a growing trend.
    Fire incident types in Sylva, NC When looking into fire subcategories, the most incidents belonged to: Structure Fires (56.9%), and Outside Fires (23.3%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Sylva, NC
    • 53356.9%Structure Fires
    • 21823.3%Outside Fires
    • 13814.7%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 485.1%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Sylva, NC

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Sylva, North Carolina:

  • Comfort Inn Sylva NC, 1235 E Main St, Sylva, North Carolina 28779 , Phone: (828) 477-4950, Fax: (828) 477-4955
  • Microtel Inn & Suites, 89 Rufus Robinson Rd, Sylva, North Carolina 28779 , Phone: (828) 586-0009, Fax: (828) 586-1026
All 2 fire-safe hotels and motels in Sylva, North Carolina
Most common first names in Sylva, NC among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James12172.3 years
William10877.0 years
John9375.7 years
Mary7879.3 years
Robert6274.4 years
Charles6071.4 years
George3875.4 years
Charlie3377.1 years
Thomas3268.3 years
Frank3180.6 years
Most common last names in Sylva, NC among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Buchanan11976.2 years
Bryson7575.0 years
Hall5978.5 years
Sutton5375.0 years
Jones4677.2 years
Cabe4377.7 years
Fisher4081.0 years
Parris4080.6 years
Moore3976.9 years
Ensley3980.0 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Sylva, NC
  • 73.6%Electricity
  • 8.2%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 7.8%Utility gas
  • 7.8%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 2.6%Wood
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Sylva, NC
  • 74.4%Electricity
  • 9.5%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 9.1%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 6.2%Utility gas
  • 0.8%No fuel used


Sylva compared to North Carolina state average:

  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage above state average.

Sylva on our top lists:

  • #91 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in other types of correctional institutions (population 1,000+)"
  • #6 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Ozone (1-hour) air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
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