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Time Zone: Forsyth County lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Winston-Salem is the Seat for Forsyth County.

Forsyth County was founded in 1849 and was created by taking area from StokesCounty.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Forsyth had a population of 359,638 people. This is an increase of 17.5% since the last Census (which gave a population of 306,067 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Forsyth represented 3.8% of the total population of North Carolina, making it the state's 4th most populous county (out of 100 counties).

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

YearPopulationChange
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% 
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2000306,067The Last Census

More information can be found on the Forsyth County Census Page for Forsyth County.

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Below are some of the communities located in Forsyth County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Forsyth County):

Community 2009
Population
2000
Population
Change
(2009vs. 2000)
Winston-Salem   229,828185,77623.71% increase  
Kernersville   23,19317,12635.43% increase  
Clemmons   17,78013,82728.59% increase  
Lewisville   13,2468,82650.1% increase  
King   6,9845,95217.34% increase  

Websites for Forsyth County

Official Website:   www.co.forsyth.nc.us/

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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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