Forsyth County, North Carolina

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Forsyth County, North Carolina
Seal of Forsyth County, North Carolina
Map of North Carolina highlighting Forsyth County
Location in the state of North Carolina
Map of USA NC
North Carolina's location in the U.S.
Founded 1849
Seat Winston-Salem
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

413 sq mi (1,070 km²)
410 sq mi (1,062 km²)
3 sq mi (8 km²), 0.80%
 - (2010)
 - Density

749/sq mi (289/km²)

Forsyth County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of 2010, the population was 350,670. Its county seat is Winston-Salem.


The county was formed in 1849 from Stokes County. It was named for Colonel Benjamin Forsyth, who was killed in the War of 1812.

Law and government Edit

The Forsyth County Government Center is located at 201 North Chestnut Street in Downtown Winston-Salem.

Forsyth County is a member of the regional Northwest Piedmont Council of Governments.

The Forsyth County Public Library, founded in 1906, is free for residents of Forsyth and surrounding counties, while all others must pay a small yearly fee for a library card. The library runs Adult, Children's, and Hispanic Outreach programs. Its main "Central Library" is in downtown Winston-Salem, with locations all across the county.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 413 square miles (1,069.7 km2), of which 410 square miles (1,061.9 km2) is land and 3 square miles (7.8 km2) (0.80%) is water.

Adjacent countiesEdit

Wine regionEdit

Parts of Forsyth County are in the Yadkin Valley wine region.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 306,067 people, 123,851 households, and 81,741 families residing in the county. The population density was 747 people per square mile (289/km²). There were 133,093 housing units at an average density of 325 per square mile (125/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 68.47% White, 25.61% Black or African American, 0.30% Native American, 1.04% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 3.25% from other races, and 1.30% from two or more races. 6.40% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

In 2005 62.9% of Forsyth county's population was non-Hispanic whites. 25.9% of the population was African-American. 9.5% was Latino. 1.3% was Asian and 1.1% reported two or more races. The decline in the last is due to changes in counting which basically excluded all Latinos from this category.

In 2000 there were 123,851 households out of which 30.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.90% were married couples living together, 13.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.00% were non-families. 28.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.90% under the age of 18, 9.60% from 18 to 24, 31.10% from 25 to 44, 22.80% from 45 to 64, and 12.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 91.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $42,097, and the median income for a family was $52,032. Males had a median income of $36,158 versus $27,319 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,023. About 7.90% of families and 11.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.10% of those under age 18 and 9.70% of those age 65 or over.

Included areasEdit

Map of Forsyth County North Carolina With Municipal and Township Labels

Map of Forsyth County, North Carolina With Municipal and Township Labels

Cities and towns Edit


The county is divided into fourteen townships:

Unincorporated communitiesEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 36°08′N 80°16′W / 36.13, -80.26

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