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The 2000 Census showed that Forsyth County had a population of 98,407 people. This represented 1.2% of the total population of Georgia, making it the state's 15th most populous county (out of 159 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Forsyth had a population of 174,520 people. This is an increase of 77.35% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010175,511+78.35%+0.57% since 2009
2009174,520+77.35%+3.82% since 2008
2008168,098+70.82%+6.14% since 2007
2007158,369+60.93%+6.86% since 2006
2006148,196+50.59%+7.09% since 2005
2005138,386+40.63%+6.27% since 2004
2004130,225+32.33%+5.78% since 2003
2003123,112+25.1%+6.01% since 2002
2002116,127+18.01%+6.85% since 2001
2001108,680+10.44%+10.44% since 2000
200098,407The Last Census

Forsyth County had 36,505 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Forsyth County has a total area<3> of 247.4 square miles [640 km²]. Of this total, 225.8 square miles [584 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (8.72%) being water (21.57 square miles [55.9 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Forsyth County had a population density of 435.8 people per square mile [168.3 people/km²], making it the state's 14th most densely populated county (out of 159 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Forsyth County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Forsyth and the state of Georgia.

Click here for the Forsyth County QuickFact (QF-13117).

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Forsyth County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
CherokeeQF-13057   W215,084141,90351.57%
DawsonQF-13085   N22,55515,99940.98%
FultonQF-13121   SW1,033,756816,00626.68%
GwinnettQF-13135   S808,167588,44837.34%
HallQF-13139   E187,743139,27734.8%

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Forsyth. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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