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Forsyth County, North Carolina (NC)

County population in 2014: 365,298 (93% urban, 7% rural); it was 306,067 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 66,326
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 23,862
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 81,252
Renter-occupied apartments: 50,975 (it was 42,599 in 2000)
% of renters here:

34%
State:

33%

Land area: 410 sq. mi.

Water area: 3.3 sq. mi.

Population density: 892 people per square mile   (very high).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Forsyth County: 90.0 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (27.7%), Educational, health and social services (15.2%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (14.4%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 68%
  • Government: 3%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 28%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Forsyth County, North Carolina:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (58.7%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (25.5%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (11.9%)
  • Asian alone (1.8%)
  • Two or more races (1.5%)
Median resident age:  37.0 years
North Carolina median age:  37.0 years
Males: 173,361  (47.5%)
Females: 191,937  (52.5%)

Forsyth County,NC real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Forsyth County:

2.0 people
North Carolina:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $45,580 ($42,097 in 1999)

This county:

$45580
North Carolina:

$45906

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $587 (lower quartile is $450, upper quartile is $738)
This county:

$587
State:

$619


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $149,700 (it was $108,900 in 2000)
Forsyth:

$149,700
North Carolina:

$154,300
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $103,500 - $219,600

Mean price in 2013:

Detached houses: $201,907
Here:

$201,907
State:

$219,576

Townhouses or other attached units: $129,108
Here:

$129,108
State:

$173,086

In 2-unit structures: $110,682
Here:

$110,682
State:

$165,738

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $126,380
Here:

$126,380
State:

$149,371

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $120,617
Here:

$120,617
State:

$175,668

Mobile homes: $37,458
Here:

$37,458
State:

$64,697
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,158
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $377

Institutionalized population: 2,826

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 1
  • Rapes: 22
  • Robberies: 25
  • Assaults: 243
  • Burglaries: 834
  • Thefts: 1928
  • Auto thefts: 167
Forsyth County, NC map from a distance

Health of residents in Forsyth County based on CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaires from 2003 to 2012:

General health status score of residents in this county from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) is 3.5. This is about average.
77.5% of residents exercised in the past month. This is about average.
47.1% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is about average.
74.3% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is about average.
72.2% of residents visited a dentist within the past year. This is about average.
Average weight of males is 194 pounds. This is about average.
Average weight of females is 159 pounds. This is about average.
30.8% of residents keep firearms around their homes. This is about average.

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2000: 2191 buildings, average cost: $116,400
  • 2001: 1953 buildings, average cost: $119,000
  • 2002: 2392 buildings, average cost: $113,100
  • 2003: 2296 buildings, average cost: $117,200
  • 2004: 2568 buildings, average cost: $123,900
  • 2005: 2838 buildings, average cost: $136,400
  • 2006: 2793 buildings, average cost: $131,400
  • 2007: 2774 buildings, average cost: $117,600
  • 2008: 1566 buildings, average cost: $108,800
  • 2009: 653 buildings, average cost: $135,400
  • 2010: 755 buildings, average cost: $138,500
  • 2011: 802 buildings, average cost: $140,600
  • 2012: 686 buildings, average cost: $156,700
  • 2013: 851 buildings, average cost: $150,700
  • 2014: 961 buildings, average cost: $159,500

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,522 (1.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $1,375 (1.0%)

Forsyth County household income distribution in 2009 Forsyth County home values distribution Forsyth County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 20.8%
(9.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 33.0% for Black residents, 52.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 24.7% for American Indian residents, 42.7% for other race residents, 23.6% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 20.8%
Forsyth County:

20.8%
North Carolina:

17.9%
(9.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 33.0% for Black residents, 52.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 23.3% for American Indian residents, 40.2% for other race residents, 24.9% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 38 years old
(Males: 36 years old, Females: 39 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 44 years old, Black residents: 34 years old, American Indian residents: 34 years old, Asian residents: 33 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 22 years old, Other race residents: 17 years old)

Area name: Winston-Salem, NC MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Forsyth County is $531 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $615 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $838 a month.

Cities in this county include: Winston-Salem, Kernersville, Clemmons, Lewisville, Walkertown, Rural Hall, Tobaccoville, Bethania.

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

2012 air pollution in Forsyth County:

Nitrogen Dioxide: 0.01 ppm (standard limit: 0.053 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Ozone (1-hour): 0.030 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual: 13.9 µg/m3. Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 8.9 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.
Sulfur Oxides Annual: 0.000 ppm (standard limit: 0.03 ppm). Near U.S. average.

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Neighboring counties: Boone County, Arkansas , Carroll County, Arkansas , Carroll County, Tennessee , Lauderdale County, Tennessee , Hansford County, Texas .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

5.2%
North Carolina:

5.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 18,750
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 82.0%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 28.7%

Number of foreign born residents: 19,836 (20% naturalized citizens)

Forsyth County:

6.5%
Whole state:

5.3%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 8,765
  • 1990 to 1994: 4,272
  • 1985 to 1989: 2,252
  • 1980 to 1984: 1,664
  • 1975 to 1979: 734
  • 1970 to 1974: 654
  • 1970 to 1974: 548
  • 1965 to 1969: 947

Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.2 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 80.7%

Forsyth County marital status for males Forsyth County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 89,181
  • One, attached: 4,603
  • Two: 2,240
  • 3 or 4: 5,838
  • 5 to 9: 8,778
  • 10 to 19: 9,138
  • 20 or more: 6,309
  • Mobile homes: 7,001
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 5

Housing units in Forsyth County with a mortgage: 50,740 (5,890 second mortgage, 9,611 home equity loan, 292 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 19,801

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

69.1% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Forsyth County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant100,426244
Mainline Protestant59,405136
Catholic15,1846
Black Protestant8,60328
Other6,04521
Orthodox1,2202
None160,806-
Forsyth County Religion Details
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.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 69
Forsyth County:

2.04 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.05 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 6
Here:

0.18 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

0.14 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 30
This county:

0.89 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

0.92 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 158
Forsyth County:

4.68 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

4.75 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 286
This county:

8.47 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.57 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Forsyth County:

8.2%
North Carolina:

9.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Forsyth County:

24.7%
State:

28.3%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

15.7%
State:

15.6%

Agriculture in Forsyth County:

Average size of farms: 66 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $18,064
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $614.56
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 33.44%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 19.65%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $28,700
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 35.84%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 2.42%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $40,808
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 92.46%
Average age of principal farm operators: 58 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 11.18
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 7.59%
Corn for grain: 1514 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 674 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 5051 harvested acres
Vegetables: 202 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 108 acres

Earthquake activity:

Forsyth County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above North Carolina state average. It is 83% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

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 249.9 miles away from Forsyth County center
On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 200.5 miles away from the county center
On 11/2/2006 at 17:53:02, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 119.5 miles away from the county center
On 11/23/2006 at 10:42:57, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG) earthquake occurred 120.1 miles away from the county center
On 12/9/2003 at 20:59:14, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB, 4.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 164.8 miles away from Forsyth County center
On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML) earthquake occurred 209.3 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • North CarolinaHurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3222): September 5, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3222, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • North CarolinaHurricane Ivan, Incident Period: September 16, 2004 to September 23, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1553): September 18, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1553, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • North CarolinaIce Storm, Incident Period: February 27, 2003 to February 28, 2003, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1457): March 27, 2003, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1457, Natural disaster type: Ice Storm
  • North CarolinaHurricane Floyd & Irene, Incident Period: September 15, 1999 to November 2, 1999, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1292): September 16, 1999, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1292, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • North CarolinaHurricane Floyd, Incident Period: September 15, 1999 to October 4, 1999, Emergency Declared (EM-3146): September 15, 1999, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3146, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • North CarolinaStorms/Flooding, Incident Period: February 2, 1996 to February 9, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1103): February 23, 1996, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1103, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • North CarolinaBlizzard, Incident Period: January 6, 1996 to January 12, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1087): January 13, 1996, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1087, Natural disaster type: Blizzard
  • North CarolinaSevere Snowfall and Winter Storm, Incident Period: March 13, 1993 to March 17, 1993, Emergency Declared (EM-3110): March 17, 1993, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3110, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Snowfall
  • North CarolinaHURRICANE HUGO, Incident Period: September 21, 1989 to September 22, 1989, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-844): September 25, 1989, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-844, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • North CarolinaTORNADOES, Incident Period: May 5, 1989 to May 6, 1989, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-827): May 17, 1989, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-827, Natural disaster type: Tornado
  • 2 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Forsyth County (12) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 7
Emergencies Declared: 5

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 5, Droughts: 2, Blizzard: 1, Flood: 1, Freeze: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snowfall: 1, Storm: 1, Tornado: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (28%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Manufacturing (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
  • Health care and social assistance (28%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Manufacturing (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Management occupations (13%)
  • Sales and related occupations (11%)
  • Production occupations (9%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (7%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (6%)
  • Transportation occupations (6%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (5%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (18%)
  • Sales and related occupations (11%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (11%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (10%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Management occupations (7%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (5%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Mexico (53%)
  • El Salvador (4%)
  • Canada (4%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (3%)
  • Guatemala (3%)
  • United Kingdom (2%)
  • India (2%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Forsyth County (%):

  • United States or American (15%)
  • German (11%)
  • English (11%)
  • Irish (6%)
  • Scotch-Irish (3%)
  • Italian (2%)
  • Scottish (2%)

Forsyth County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 118,936 (80%)
  • Carpooled: 18,887 (13%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 1,864 (1%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 5 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 41 (0%)
  • Railroad: 29 (0%)
  • Ferryboat: 12 (0%)
  • Taxi: 265 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 123 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 105 (0%)
  • Walked: 2,819 (2%)
  • Other means: 1,017 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 3,735 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Forsyth County, North Carolina in 2000:

  • 5,049 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 2,642 people in nursing homes
  • 842 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 621 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 232 people in state prisons
  • 174 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 157 people in other group homes
  • 86 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 48 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 28 people in halfway houses
  • 25 people in job corps and vocational training facilities
  • 19 people in homes for the physically handicapped
  • 17 people in religious group quarters
  • 6 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 2 people in other nonhousehold living situations

People in group quarters in Forsyth County, North Carolina in 2010:

  • 6,297 people in college/university student housing
  • 1,584 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 768 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 342 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 247 people in state prisons
  • 141 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 131 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 109 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 74 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 72 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 36 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 30 people in in-patient hospice facilities
  • 10 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 5 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 5 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals and psychiatric units in other hospitals
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $57,672.

5.79% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($40,260 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.79%
North Carolina average:

7.13%


0.03% of residents moved from foreign countries ($323 average AGI)
Forsyth County:

0.03%
North Carolina average:

0.10%

3.34% relocated from other counties in North Carolina ($20,353 average AGI)
2.42% relocated from other states ($19,584 average AGI)
Forsyth County:

2.42%
North Carolina average:

3.45%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Guilford County, NC  0.74% ($38,035 average AGI)
from Davidson County, NC  0.41% ($30,168)
from Stokes County, NC  0.31% ($29,172)
from Mecklenburg County, NC  0.20% ($36,537)
from Davie County, NC  0.18% ($39,978)
from Wake County, NC  0.15% ($41,439)
from Surry County, NC  0.14% ($35,907)


5.61% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($42,041 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.61%
North Carolina average:

6.77%


0.04% of residents moved to foreign countries ($252 average AGI)
Forsyth County:

0.04%
North Carolina average:

0.10%

3.22% relocated to other counties in North Carolina ($22,206 average AGI)
2.35% relocated to other states ($19,583 average AGI)
Forsyth County:

2.35%
North Carolina average:

3.07%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Guilford County, NC  0.71% ($34,187 average AGI)
to Davidson County, NC  0.42% ($38,254)
to Mecklenburg County, NC  0.28% ($41,094)
to Stokes County, NC  0.23% ($32,391)
to Wake County, NC  0.23% ($45,247)
to Davie County, NC  0.21% ($44,117)
to Yadkin County, NC  0.12% ($35,529)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 14.4
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 14.7
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 13.5

Births per 1000 population in Forsyth County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 8.9
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 8.8
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 8.5

Deaths per 1000 population in Forsyth County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 12.3
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 9.7
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2007 to 2013: 9.9

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Forsyth County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 17.4%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 6.0%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Forsyth County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Forsyth County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 50,167 (41,843 aged, 8,324 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 9,008 (10%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Forsyth County, North Carolina in 1999 - 2014:

  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (3199)
  • Unspecified dementia (2266)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (2211)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (2094)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (2021)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (1636)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (1632)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (966)
  • Congestive heart failure (946)
  • Breast, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (796)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 13%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 13%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 0.93
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 23598.17
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 546.240
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 45122.6

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1485.120
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 887.820
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 4.29

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 44.14
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 88.66

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 14.11
Beer, wine & liquor stores per 100,000 population in 2005: 1

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 72.4. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of homicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 51.1
  • Other - 21.3

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 106.1. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 63.5
  • Poisoning - 20.9
  • Suffocation - 15.1
  • Other - 6.7

Household type by relationship:

Households: 340,819
  • In family households: 279,945 (59,259 male householders, 31,203 female householders)
    63,242 spouses, 98,517 children (91,908 natural, 2,405 adopted, 4,204 stepchildren), 7,566 grandchildren, 3,638 brothers or sisters, 2,696 parents, 5,015 other relatives, 7,265 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 60,874 (21,537 male householders (17,189 living alone)), 29,164 female householders (25,352 living alone)), 10,173 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 9,851 (2,826 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 40,270 2-persons, 21,508 3-persons, 16,620 4-persons, 7,444 5-persons, 2,753 6-persons, 1,867 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 42,541 1-person, 6,808 2-persons, 908 3-persons, 306 4-persons, 80 5-persons, 40 6-persons, 18 7-or-more-persons.

45,467 married couples with children.
20,095 single-parent households (3,231 men, 16,864 women).

90.8% of residents of Forsyth County speak English at home.
6.8% of residents speak Spanish at home (33% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 28% speak English not well, 19% don't speak English at all).
1.4% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (76% speak English very well, 14% speak English well, 10% speak English not well).
0.8% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (51% speak English very well, 30% speak English well, 15% speak English not well, 5% don't speak English at all).
0.2% of residents speak other language at home (73% speak English very well, 17% speak English well, 4% speak English not well, 6% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $1,691,169,000 ($5270 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $60,165,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $770,184,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $330,139,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $7,494,000
Federal grants: $429,686,000
Federal procurement contracts: $64,451,000 ($14,500,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $89,215,000 ($9,150,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $7,176,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $228,856,000
Federal Government insurance: $93,548,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 24,428
Here:

75 per 1000 residents
State:

72 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 14,512
Here:

45 per 1000 residents
State:

44 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +7,671
Here:

+24 per 1000 residents
State:

+18 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +2,710
Here:

+8 per 1000 residents
State:

+27 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Forsyth County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 46.61 millions of gallons per day (1% from ground, 99% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.2
State:

5.9

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.1
State:

4.3

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 1,467
  • 2000 to 2004: 26,357
  • 1990 to 1999: 22,863
  • 1980 to 1989: 22,951
  • 1970 to 1979: 29,590
  • 1960 to 1969: 23,034
  • 1950 to 1959: 16,574
  • 1940 to 1949: 6,043
  • 1939 or earlier: 10,361
Rooms in houses/apartments in Forsyth County, North Carolina
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 6
  • 2 rooms: 194
  • 3 rooms: 1,257
  • 4 rooms: 7,026
  • 5 rooms: 19,296
  • 6 rooms: 19,378
  • 7 rooms: 14,053
  • 8 rooms: 9,680
  • 9+ rooms: 10,362
  • 1 room: 1,000
  • 2 rooms: 3,977
  • 3 rooms: 7,723
  • 4 rooms: 14,418
  • 5 rooms: 9,064
  • 6 rooms: 3,840
  • 7 rooms: 1,505
  • 8 rooms: 649
  • 9+ rooms: 423
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Forsyth County, North Carolina
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 32
  • 1 bedroom: 1,038
  • 2 bedrooms: 16,086
  • 3 bedrooms: 46,809
  • 4 bedrooms: 14,511
  • 5+ bedrooms: 2,776
  • no bedroom: 1,122
  • 1 bedroom: 11,437
  • 2 bedrooms: 20,376
  • 3 bedrooms: 8,113
  • 4 bedrooms: 1,313
  • 5+ bedrooms: 238
Cars and other vehicles available in Forsyth County, North Carolina in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 2,933
  • 1 vehicle: 21,169
  • 2 vehicles: 36,268
  • 3 vehicles: 15,374
  • 4 vehicles: 4,203
  • 5+ vehicles: 1,305
  • no vehicle: 7,696
  • 1 vehicle: 21,454
  • 2 vehicles: 10,744
  • 3 vehicles: 2,182
  • 4 vehicles: 384
  • 5+ vehicles: 139

54% of Forsyth County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 56% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 44% lived in North Carolina.

Forsyth County:

54.1%
State average:

54.4%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 189314
  • Northeast: 24191
  • Midwest: 15456
  • South: 48995
  • West: 6164

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $107,100


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Forsyth County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (45.9%)
  • Utility gas (28.4%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (20.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (3.4%)
  • Wood (1.0%)
  • Electricity (61.8%)
  • Utility gas (22.4%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (12.4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2.3%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 3,722
Here:

11.1%
North Carolina:

8.2%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 1,417
Here:

9.5%
North Carolina:

6.9%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 5,914
Here:

38.1%
North Carolina:

20.2%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Forsyth County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Cash Assistance Programs - Other: $20,097,000
  • Construction - Elementary and Secondary Education: $30,309,000
    Other Higher Education: $2,460,000
    Health - Other: $2,444,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,847,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $271,000
    General Public Buildings: $188,000
    Libraries: $165,000
    General - Other: $14,000
  • Current Operations - Elementary and Secondary Education: $382,979,000
    Health - Other: $79,661,000
    Other Higher Education: $42,806,000
    General - Other: $32,017,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $20,080,000
    Correctional Institutions: $19,263,000
    Police Protection: $12,865,000
    Parks and Recreation: $8,355,000
    Libraries: $6,852,000
    Local Fire Protection: $6,700,000
    Financial Administration: $6,590,000
    Central Staff Services: $5,717,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,482,000
    Housing and Community Development: $1,040,000
    General Public Buildings: $780,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $610,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $3,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $19,232,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - General - Other: $34,381,000
    Health - Other: $6,014,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Public Welfare: $17,097,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $3,915,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $3,479,000
    Police Protection: $973,000
    Other Higher Education: $696,000
    Parks and Recreation: $244,000
    Financial Administration: $48,000
    Health - Other: $40,000
    Correctional Institutions: $39,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $378,251,000

Forsyth County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $16,303,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Lunch: $8,505,000
    Higher Education - Other: $7,960,000
    Parks and Recreation: $5,124,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education - Other: $297,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Tuition and Transportation: $188,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $1,507,000
    General Local Government Support: $1,392,000
    Education: $166,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Health and Hospitals: $6,644,000
    All Other: $2,285,000
    General Local Government Support: $585,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $6,137,000
    Interest Earnings: $5,997,000
    Rents: $35,000
    Sale of Property: $14,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Education: $307,578,000
    Health and Hospitals: $50,848,000
    Public Welfare: $28,408,000
    All Other: $2,937,000
    General Local Government Support: $2,864,000
    Housing and Community Development: $730,000
  • Tax - Property: $198,586,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $67,245,000
    NEC: $4,021,000
    Occupation and Business License, NEC: $513,000
    Other Selective Sales: $493,000

Forsyth County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $361,992,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $338,735,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $45,685,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $22,429,000
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $15,590,000
    Issue, Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $15,000,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $870,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $280,000

Forsyth County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $44,783,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $94,050,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $15,590,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 5,979
  • Number of aged recipients: 545
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 5,434
  • Number of recipients under 18: 1,342
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 3,482
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 1,155
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 2,179
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 2,597
Forsyth County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Forsyth County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 75 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1,601$135,3831,863$168,4217,164$172,286266$88,76722$1,512,909558$115,29636$71,028
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED66$142,63687$187,713462$160,64938$52,1321$210,00041$98,0008$47,750
APPLICATIONS DENIED228$120,140317$125,8862,076$151,711232$43,2071$240,000169$89,64547$74,745
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN229$127,323236$152,7201,631$157,39555$50,5640$091$99,12114$73,071
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS90$148,46770$170,657492$159,19330$68,0000$029$118,9313$46,000
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 65 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
D) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED287$188,244305$187,6898$170,7500$0
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED87$200,21894$190,1067$132,0000$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED33$174,57647$155,7453$199,6672$114,500
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN16$208,18818$206,4440$00$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS18$154,72211$244,2733$76,6670$0

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most common first names in Forsyth County, NC among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William70473.1 years
James70172.7 years
Mary65379.5 years
John56576.0 years
Robert44872.4 years
Charles32273.1 years
George28374.5 years
Thomas25072.3 years
Margaret24278.3 years
Ruth23979.5 years
Most common last names in Forsyth County, NC among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith39977.0 years
Jones23276.3 years
Davis20276.4 years
Johnson16475.0 years
Brown16276.2 years
Fulp15176.9 years
Miller15177.1 years
Mabe14973.4 years
Martin14675.4 years
Taylor13576.1 years
Businesses in Forsyth County, NC
NameCountNameCount
ALDO1Justice1
AMF Bowling1KFC5
AT&T4Kincaid1
Abercrombie & Fitch1Kmart1
Abercrombie Kids1Kohl's1
Ace Hardware4La Quinta1
Advance Auto Parts7La-Z-Boy1
Aeropostale2Lane Bryant1
American Eagle Outfitters2Lane Furniture2
Ann Taylor1LensCrafters1
Applebee's3Little Caesars Pizza1
Arby's5Long John Silver's3
Ashley Furniture1Lowe's2
AutoZone2Macy's1
Banana Republic1Marriott4
Barnes & Noble1Marshalls1
Baskin-Robbins1MasterBrand Cabinets15
Bath & Body Works1Maurices1
Bebe1McDonald's15
Bed Bath & Beyond1Men's Wearhouse3
Blockbuster1Microtel1
Brookstone1Motel 61
Buffalo Wild Wings1Motherhood Maternity2
Burger King8New Balance6
CVS14New York & Co1
Cache1Nike21
CarMax1Office Depot2
Casual Male XL1OfficeMax1
Catherines2Old Navy1
Charlotte Russe1Olive Garden1
Chevrolet2Outback1
Chick-Fil-A6Outback Steakhouse1
Chico's1Pac Sun1
Chipotle1Panera Bread3
Chuck E. Cheese's1Papa John's Pizza6
Church's Chicken3Payless3
Cinnabon 1Penske4
Circle K4PetSmart2
Clarion1Pier 1 Imports1
Cold Stone Creamery1Pizza Hut7
Coldwater Creek1Plato's Closet1
Comfort Inn1Pottery Barn1
Comfort Suites1Qdoba Mexican Grill2
Costco1Quality3
Cracker Barrel1Quiznos4
Cricket Wireless10RadioShack4
Crossland Economy Studios1Red Lobster1
Curves3Rite Aid9
Dairy Queen1Ruby Tuesday2
Days Inn2Rue211
Deb1Ryder Rental & Truck Leasing1
Decora Cabinetry2SAS Shoes1
Discount Tire2SONIC Drive-In4
Domino's Pizza6Sam's Club2
Dunkin Donuts4Sears2
Eddie Bauer1Sephora1
Ethan Allen1Shoe Carnival1
Express1Sleep Inn1
Extended Stay America1Spencer Gifts1
FedEx54Sprint Nextel3
Finish Line1Staples2
Firestone Complete Auto Care2Starbucks10
Foot Locker2Steak 'n Shake1
Forever 211Subway22
GNC6Super 81
GameStop4T-Mobile9
Gap1T.G.I. Driday's1
Goodwill1T.J.Maxx1
Gymboree1Taco Bell6
H&R Block12Talbots1
Haagen-Dazs1Target2
Hardee's3Toys"R"Us2
Havertys Furniture1U-Haul11
Hilton3UPS47
Holiday Inn3Vans4
Hollister Co.1Verizon Wireless3
Home Depot2Victoria's Secret1
Honda1Waffle House3
Hot Topic1Walgreens8
IHOP2Walmart2
J. Jill1Wendy's11
JCPenney1Wet Seal2
JoS. A. Bank1Whole Foods Market1
Jones New York11Wingate1
Journeys1YMCA7

Forsyth County on our top lists:

  • #10 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #25 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest increase in the number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #41 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Sulfur Oxides Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #45 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents that drank alcohol in the past 30 days"
  • #59 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant adherents"
  • #59 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant adherents (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #61 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant congregations"
  • #61 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #70 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Evangelical Protestant adherents"
  • #70 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Evangelical Protestant adherents (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #77 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #93 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that keep firearms around their homes"
  • #97 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Nitrogen Dioxide air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
  • #101 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011"