Forsyth County

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Forsyth County was formed in 1831, named after John Forsyth, Georgia Governor from 1827 to 1829 and Secretary of State under Presidents Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren.

Notable landmarks include Lake Lanier, where fishing, boating, tubing and other water sports are common activities. Large employers include Northside Hospital, Koch Foods, Tyson Foods, Siemens, and Scientific Games Corporation.

Forsyth has grown rapidly, gaining 43% in population per the 2020 U.S. Census since the previous decade.

Within Forsyth County is the City of Cumming.

Forsyth County by the Numbers (2021)

Population 260,206
Population Change (since 2010) +48.3%
Population Forecast (2050) 440,353
Median Household Income $116,690
Unemployment Rate 2.4%
Mean Travel Time to Work 33 minutes
Single Family Building Permits 2,305 units
Multifamily Building Permits 54 units


View ARC’s 21-County Dashboard where you can find various data points about Forsyth County.

Forsyth County Data Resources

Other Forsyth County Resources

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Data Sources

  • US Census Bureau, County Population Estimates, 2021
  • US Census Bureau, Small-Area Income and Poverty Estimates, 2020
  • US Census Bureau, American Community Survey (5-year estimates), 2016-2020
  • Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), Series 16 Forecasts
  • HUD, State of the Cities Data System (SOCDS), 2021