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The 2000 Census showed that Forsyth County had a population of 306,067 people. This represented 3.8% of the total population of North Carolina, making it the state's 4th most populous county (out of 100 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Forsyth had a population of 359,638 people. This is an increase of 17.5% 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
2010350,670+14.57%-2.49% since 2009
2009359,638+17.5%+1.27% since 2008
2008355,140+16.03%+2.06% since 2007
2007347,960+13.69%+2.34% since 2006
2006339,994+11.08%+2.56% since 2005
2005331,522+8.32%+1.96% since 2004
2004325,151+6.24%+1.48% since 2003
2003320,417+4.69%+1.12% since 2002
2002316,853+3.52%+1.47% since 2001
2001312,250+2.02%+2.02% since 2000
2000306,067The Last Census

Forsyth County had 133,093 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Forsyth County has a total area<3> of 412.9 square miles [1,069 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (3.32 square miles [8.61 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Forsyth County had a population density of 747 people per square mile [288.5 people/km²], making it the state's 5th most densely populated county (out of 100 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 North Carolina.

Click here for the Forsyth County QuickFact (QF-37067).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Forsyth County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

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
DavidsonQF-37057   S158,582147,2467.7%
DavieQF-37059   SW41,42034,83518.9%
GuilfordQF-37081   E480,362421,04814.09%
RockinghamQF-37157   NE92,25291,9280.35%
StokesQF-37169   N46,15044,7113.22%
SurryQF-37171   NW72,49671,2191.79%
YadkinQF-37197   W37,71336,3483.76%

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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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