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Forsyth County, North Carolina
Seal of Forsyth County, North Carolina
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Location in the state of North Carolina
Map of the USA highlighting North Carolina
North Carolina's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded January 16, 1849
Seat Winston-Salem
Largest City Winston-Salem
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

413 sq mi (1,070 km²)
408 sq mi (1,057 km²)
4.5 sq mi (12 km²), 1.1%
PopulationEst.
 - (2014)
 - Density

365,298
895.4/sq mi (346/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.co.forsyth.nc.us
Named for: Colonel Benjamin Forsyth
County flag Flag of Forsyth County, North Carolina

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

Forsyth County is included in the Winston-Salem, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Greensboro-Winston-Salem-High Point, NC Combined Statistical Area.

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

History

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

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 413 square miles (1,070 km2), of which 408 square miles (1,060 km2) is land and 4.5 square miles (12 km2) (1.1%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • I-40
  • [[Template:Infobox road/NC/link BL|Template:Infobox road/NC/abbrev BL]]
  • I-74
  • US 52
  • US 158
  • US 311
  • US 421
  • NC 8
  • NC 65
  • NC 66
  • NC 67
  • NC 109
  • NC 150

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 11,168
1860 12,692 13.6%
1870 13,050 2.8%
1880 18,070 38.5%
1890 28,434 57.4%
1900 35,261 24.0%
1910 47,311 34.2%
1920 77,269 63.3%
1930 111,681 44.5%
1940 126,475 13.2%
1950 146,135 15.5%
1960 189,428 29.6%
1970 214,348 13.2%
1980 243,683 13.7%
1990 265,878 9.1%
2000 306,067 15.1%
2010 350,670 14.6%
Est. 2015 369,019 5.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census 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.

Communities

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

Cities

Towns

Villages

Census-designated place

Townships

  • Abbots Creek
  • Belews Creek
  • Bethania
  • Broadbay
  • Clemmonsville
  • Kernersville
  • Lewisville
  • Middle Fork I
  • Middle Fork II Township
  • Old Richmond
  • Old Town
  • Salem Chapel
  • South Fork
  • Vienna
  • Winston

Former township

  • Middle Fork Township was split into Middle Fork I Township and Middle Fork II Township in 2003.

Unincorporated communities


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