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Forsyth County, North Carolina (NC)

County population in 2016: 371,511 (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: 907 people per square mile   (very high).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Forsyth County: 89.4 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (25.2%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (18.9%), Educational, health and social services (15.5%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 70%
  • Government: 4%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 26%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Forsyth County, North Carolina:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (57.0%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (25.8%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (12.7%)
  • Asian alone (2.3%)
  • Two or more races (1.7%)
Median resident age:  38.0 years
North Carolina median age:  38.7 years
Males: 176,789  (47.6%)
Females: 194,722  (52.4%)
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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 2016: $48,271 ($42,097 in 1999)

This county:

$48,271
North Carolina:

$50,584

Median contract rent in 2016 for apartments: $594 (lower quartile is $484, upper quartile is $823)
This county:

$594
State:

$670


Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $153,200 (it was $108,900 in 2000)
Forsyth:

$153,200
North Carolina:

$165,400
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $107,200 - $236,500

Mean price in 2016:

Detached houses: $221,300
Here:

$221,300
State:

$235,833

Townhouses or other attached units: $125,040
Here:

$125,040
State:

$191,052

In 2-unit structures: $190,330
Here:

$190,330
State:

$221,545

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $78,974
Here:

$78,974
State:

$144,611

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $102,750
Here:

$102,750
State:

$188,356

Mobile homes: $50,208
Here:

$50,208
State:

$74,306
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,161
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $385

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
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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 permit cost
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2016: $1,444 (0.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $1,446 (0.9%)

Forsyth County household income distribution in 2013 Forsyth County home values distribution in 2013 Forsyth County contract rent distribution in 2013
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2016: 18.0%
Forsyth County:

18.0%
North Carolina:

15.4%
(11.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 26.6% for Black residents, 30.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 25.6% for American Indian residents, 19.5% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 35.6% for other race residents, 18.8% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2016: 38.0 years old
(Males: 36.3 years old, Females: 39.4 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 45.1 years old, Black residents: 33.8 years old, American Indian residents: 50.3 years old, Asian residents: 34.3 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 22.3 years old, Other race residents: 29.1 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: 89.3%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 34.3%

Number of foreign born residents: 31,404 (41.5% naturalized citizens)

Forsyth County:

8.5%
Whole state:

7.8%
Year of entry for the foreign-born population Note: State values scaled to Forsyth County population
  • 4,0072010 or later
  • 10,7892000 to 2009
  • 9,8631990 to 1999
  • 3,9161980 to 1989
  • 1,3881970 to 1979
  • 1,495Before 1970

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: 107,315
  • One, attached: 6,544
  • Two: 1,997
  • 3 or 4: 7,027
  • 5 to 9: 12,657
  • 10 to 19: 13,544
  • 20 to 49: 2,740
  • 50 or more: 4,209
  • Mobile homes: 7,197
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 55

Housing units in Forsyth County with a mortgage: 59,077 (2,893 second mortgage, 9,690 home equity loan, 508 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 31,856

Here:

65.6% with mortgage
State:

63.4% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Forsyth County

Religions Adherents in 2010
Year 2000 to 2010 Change
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 Carolina Hurricane Matthew, Incident Period: October 04, 2016 to October 24, 2016, Emergency Declared EM-3380: October 07, 2016, FEMA Id: 3380, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • North Carolina Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3222: September 05, 2005, FEMA Id: 3222, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • North Carolina Hurricane Ivan, Incident Period: September 16, 2004 to September 23, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1553: September 18, 2004, FEMA Id: 1553, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • North Carolina Ice Storm, Incident Period: February 27, 2003 to February 28, 2003, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1457: March 27, 2003, FEMA Id: 1457, Natural disaster type: Ice Storm
  • North Carolina Hurricane Floyd & Irene, Incident Period: September 15, 1999 to November 02, 1999, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1292: September 16, 1999, FEMA Id: 1292, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • North Carolina Hurricane Floyd, Incident Period: September 15, 1999 to October 04, 1999, Emergency Declared EM-3146: September 15, 1999, FEMA Id: 3146, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • North Carolina Storms/Flooding, Incident Period: February 02, 1996 to February 09, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1103: February 23, 1996, FEMA Id: 1103, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • North Carolina Blizzard, Incident Period: January 06, 1996 to January 12, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1087: January 13, 1996, FEMA Id: 1087, Natural disaster type: Blizzard
  • North Carolina Severe Snowfall and Winter Storm, Incident Period: March 13, 1993 to March 17, 1993, Emergency Declared EM-3110: March 17, 1993, FEMA Id: 3110, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Snowfall
  • North Carolina HURRICANE HUGO, Incident Period: September 21, 1989 to September 22, 1989, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-844: September 25, 1989, FEMA Id: 844, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • 3 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Forsyth County (13) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 7
Emergencies Declared: 6

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 6, 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 in 2016
Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
Most common industries for males in 2016


  • Health care and social assistance (25%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Finance and insurance (7%)
  • Manufacturing (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)

Most common industries for females in 2016


  • Health care and social assistance (26%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Finance and insurance (7%)
  • Manufacturing (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)

Most common occupations in 2016 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations for males in 2016


  • Management occupations (11%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (8%)
  • Production occupations (8%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (7%)
  • Computer and mathematical occupations (6%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (6%)

Most common occupations for females in 2016


  • Office and administrative support occupations (19%)
  • Sales and related occupations (11%)
  • Management occupations (10%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (9%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents


  • Mexico (39%)
  • El Salvador (9%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (5%)
  • India (4%)
  • Philippines (3%)
  • Guatemala (2%)
  • Honduras (2%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Forsyth County


  • American (9%)
  • English (7%)
  • German (6%)
  • Irish (4%)
  • European (2%)
  • Scotch-Irish (2%)
  • Scottish (2%)

Forsyth County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 164,524 (84.4%)
  • Carpooled: 16,118 (8.3%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 1,195 (0.6%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 1,831 (0.9%)
  • Bicycle: 190 (0.1%)
  • Walked: 2,843 (1.5%)
  • Worked at home: 8,125 (4.2%)
Owners and renters by unit type
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%

Residents relocating <b>from</b> 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%

Residents relocating <b>to</b> 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 population 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
Population without health insurance coverage in Forsyth County
18-64 population without health insurance coverage in Forsyth County
40-64 population without health insurance coverage in Forsyth County
50-64 population without health insurance coverage in Forsyth County
Population under 19 years 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 Medicare
Aged persons enrolled in Medicare
Disabled persons enrolled in Medicare

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

  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (3,199)
  • Unspecified dementia (2,266)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (2,211)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (2,094)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (2,021)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (1,636)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (1,632)
  • 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: 23,598
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 546
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 45,123

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,485
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 888
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 4

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 44
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 89

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 14
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: 371,511
  • In family households: 299,323 (46,652 male householders, 48,253 female householders)
    66,318 spouses, 111,204 children (106,654 natural, 1,496 adopted, 3,054 stepchildren), 8,503 grandchildren, 1,981 brothers or sisters, 4,137 parents, 5,123 other relatives, 7,152 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 61,957 (21,645 male householders (17,912 living alone)), 29,669 female householders (26,385 living alone)), 10,643 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 10,231

Size of family households: 44,692 2-persons, 21,633 3-persons, 17,041 4-persons, 8,161 5-persons, 2,082 6-persons, 1,296 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 44,297 1-person, 5,921 2-persons, 620 3-persons, 439 4-persons, 37 7-or-more-persons.

47,842 married couples with children.
31,413 single-parent households (6,564 men, 24,849 women).

85.6% of residents of Forsyth speak English at home.
11.0% of residents speak Spanish at home (57% speak English very well, 18% speak English well, 15% speak English not well, 10% don't speak English at all).
1.6% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (80% speak English very well, 13% speak English well, 5% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
1.3% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (66% speak English very well, 18% speak English well, 13% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).
0.5% of residents speak other language at home (71% speak English very well, 17% speak English well, 6% speak English not well, 6% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $1,691,169,000 ($5,270 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:

6.5
State:

6.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.4
State:

4.5

Year house built in Forsyth County, North Carolina Note: State values scaled to Forsyth County population
  • 2,5112014 or later
  • 4,8632010 to 2013
  • 26,0212000 to 2009
  • 23,3791990 to 1999
  • 26,0511980 to 1989
  • 26,2481970 to 1979
  • 20,2501960 to 1969
  • 17,0501950 to 1959
  • 6,9891940 to 1949
  • 9,9231939 or earlier
Rooms in houses/apartments in Forsyth County, North Carolina
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Forsyth County, North Carolina Note: State values scaled to Forsyth County population
  • 1551 room
  • 1162 rooms
  • 5603 rooms
  • 6,6994 rooms
  • 19,0725 rooms
  • 19,0126 rooms
  • 16,1867 rooms
  • 10,9428 rooms
  • 18,1919+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Forsyth County, North Carolina Note: State values scaled to Forsyth County population
  • 1,0451 room
  • 2,0052 rooms
  • 8,5273 rooms
  • 18,5634 rooms
  • 13,2255 rooms
  • 6,2506 rooms
  • 2,3887 rooms
  • 1,8548 rooms
  • 1,4299+ rooms
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Forsyth County, North Carolina
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Forsyth County, North Carolina Note: State values scaled to Forsyth County population
  • 271no bedroom
  • 2931 bedroom
  • 13,4592 bedrooms
  • 51,7333 bedrooms
  • 20,2484 bedrooms
  • 4,9295+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Forsyth County, North Carolina Note: State values scaled to Forsyth County population
  • 1,204no bedroom
  • 12,0851 bedroom
  • 24,2412 bedrooms
  • 13,9613 bedrooms
  • 3,5894 bedrooms
  • 2065+ bedrooms
Cars and other vehicles available in Forsyth County, North Carolina in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Cars and other vehicles available in Forsyth County in owner-occupied houses/condos Note: State values scaled to Forsyth County population
  • 1,702no vehicle
  • 23,0751 vehicle
  • 38,2232 vehicles
  • 19,3553 vehicles
  • 6,1914 vehicles
  • 2,3875+ vehicles
Cars and other vehicles available in Forsyth County in renter-occupied apartments Note: State values scaled to Forsyth County population
  • 8,814no vehicle
  • 27,1841 vehicle
  • 14,5732 vehicles
  • 3,2633 vehicles
  • 7074 vehicles
  • 7455+ vehicles

85.4% of Forsyth County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 36% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 54% lived in North Carolina.

Forsyth County:

85.4%
State average:

84.3%

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

  • This state: 213,716
  • Other state: 122,566
  • Northeast: 35,512
  • Midwest: 20,358
  • South: 57,943
  • West: 8,753
Year Householders Moved Into Unit
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Forsyth County
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos
  • 54.5%Electricity
  • 34.0%Utility gas
  • 6.4%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 3.4%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.8%Wood
  • 0.5%No fuel used
  • 0.4%Other fuel
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments
  • 78.6%Electricity
  • 15.0%Utility gas
  • 4.4%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 1.5%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.3%No fuel used
  • 0.2%Wood

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 3,083
Here:

8.1%
North Carolina:

10.0%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 1,398
Here:

6.7%
North Carolina:

8.5%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 7,519
Here:

33.3%
North Carolina:

17.5%

Educational Attainment
School Enrollment by Level of School
Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Noninstitutionalized Residents with Employment Disability

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
Vehicles involved in fatal accidents
Fatal accidents involving drunken persons
Fatalities
Persons involved in fatal accidents
Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents
Forsyth County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians
Fatal accident count
Vehicles involved in fatal accidents
Fatal accidents involving drunken persons
Fatalities
Persons involved in fatal accidents
Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents
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"