- Forsyth County, North Carolina
Infobox U.S. County
county = Forsyth County
state = North Carolina
map size = 250
founded = 1849
seat = Winston-Salem | area_total_sq_mi =413
area percentage = 0.80%
census yr = 2006
pop = 332,355
web = www.co.forsyth.nc.us
Forsyth County is a
countylocated in the U.S. stateof North Carolina. As of 2000, the population was 306,067. Its county seatis 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
Forsyth County is a member of the regional
Northwest Piedmont Council of Governments.
The [http://www.forsyth.cc/library 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 the following branch locations:
*Clemmons Branch Library
*Carver School Road Library
*Lewisville Branch Library
*Reynolda Manor Library
*Rural Hall Branch Library
*Walkertown Branch Library
*Southside Branch Library
*Kernersville Branch Library
*Mallory Jordan East Winston Heritage Center
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 413
square miles (1,069 km²), of which, 410 square miles (1,061 km²) of it is land and 3 square miles (9 km²) of it (0.80%) is water.
Stokes County, North Carolina- north
Guilford County, North Carolina- east
Davidson County, North Carolina- south
Davie County, North Carolina- southwest
Yadkin County, North Carolina- west
Surry County, North Carolina- northwest
Parts of Forsyth County are in the
Yadkin Valley wine region.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 306,067 people, 123,851 households, and 81,741 families residing in the county. The population densitywas 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 incomefor 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.
Cities and towns
The county is divided into fourteen townships:
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County SchoolsSchool district
Adelaide Fries- author of the 1898 "Forsyth County".
* [http://www.digitalforsyth.org/ Digital Forsyth] , a collaborative digitization project of historic images
* [http://www.co.forsyth.nc.us Forsyth County government official website]
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