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Jackson County, North Carolina

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Jackson County is a county located in the state of North Carolina. As of 2000, the population is 33,121. Since 1913 its county seat has been Sylva6, replacing Webster.

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History

The county was formed in 1852 from parts of Haywood County and Macon County. It was named for Andrew Jackson, President of the United States from 1829 to 1837.

In 1861 parts of Jackson County and Henderson County were combined to form Transylvania County. In 1871 parts of Jackson County and Macon County were combined to form Swain County.

Law and government

Jackson County is a member of the regional Southwestern Commission council of governments.


Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,281 km² (494 mi²). 1,271 km² (491 mi²) of it is land and 10 km² (4 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.77% water.

Townships

The county is divided into fifteen townships: Barkers Creek, Canada, Caney Fork, Cashiers, Cullowhee, Dillsboro, Greens Creek, Hamburg, Mountain, Qualla, River, Savannah, Scott Creek, Sylva, and Webster.

Adjacent Counties

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there are 33,121 people, 13,191 households, and 8,587 families residing in the county. The population density is 26/km² (68/mi²). There are 19,291 housing units at an average density of 15/km² (39/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 85.68% White, 1.67% Black or African American, 10.20% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.55% from other races, and 1.38% from two or more races. 1.74% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 13,191 households out of which 25.50% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.40% are married couples living together, 10.00% have a female householder with no husband present, and 34.90% are non-families. 27.00% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.80% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.30 and the average family size is 2.79.

In the county the population is spread out with 19.00% under the age of 18, 17.90% from 18 to 24, 24.40% from 25 to 44, 25.00% from 45 to 64, and 13.80% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 95.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 93.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $32,552, and the median income for a family is $40,876. Males have a median income of $27,738 versus $22,029 for females. The per capita income for the county is $17,582. 15.10% of the population and 9.50% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 15.70% of those under the age of 18 and 15.20% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

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