Forsyth County, NC

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2022 Population
383,739
0.829% 1-year growth
US Senator
Thom Tillis
Republican Party
US Senator
Ted Budd
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
38.4
0% 1-year change
2022 Poverty Rate
15.2%
2.82% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$61,229
7.74% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$205,700
20.1% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
178,260
0.42% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Forsyth County, NC had a population of 384k people with a median age of 38.4 and a median household income of $61,229. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Forsyth County, NC grew from 380,583 to 383,739, a 0.829% increase and its median household income grew from $56,830 to $61,229, a 7.74% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Forsyth County, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (55.2%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (25.2%), White (Hispanic) (5.26%), Other (Hispanic) (3.83%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (3.68%).

None of the households in Forsyth County, NC reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

94.3% of the residents in Forsyth County, NC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Forsyth County, NC are Wake Forest University (2,979 degrees awarded in 2022), Forsyth Technical Community College (1,987 degrees), and Winston-Salem State University (1,131 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Forsyth County, NC was $205,700, and the homeownership rate was 61.9%.

Most people in Forsyth County, NC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 22.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Forsyth County, NC was 2 cars per household.

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Population & Diversity

Forsyth County, NC is home to a population of 384k people, from which 94.3% are citizens. As of 2022, 8.86% of Forsyth County, NC residents were born outside of the country (34k people).

In 2022, there were 2.19 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (212k people) in Forsyth County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 96.5k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 20.2k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

94.3%
2022 Citizenship
94.5%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 94.3% of Forsyth County, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Forsyth County, NC was 94.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Forsyth County, NC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    212k ± 729
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    96.5k ± 1.07k
  3. White (Hispanic)
    20.2k ± 1.86k
13.7%
Hispanic Population
52.4k people

In 2022, there were 2.19 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (212k people) in Forsyth County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 96.5k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 20.2k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

13.7% of the people in Forsyth County, NC are hispanic (52.4k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    214,508 ± 11,254 people
  2. India
    79,868 ± 6,912 people
  3. Honduras
    39,759 ± 4,886 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 214,508 North Carolina residents, followed by India with 79,868 and Honduras with 39,759.

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Foreign-Born Population

8.86%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
34k people
8.67%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
33k people

As of 2022, 8.86% of Forsyth County, NC residents (34k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Forsyth County, NC was 8.67%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    6,761 ± 564
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    3,126 ± 461
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    2,720 ± 363

Forsyth County, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.16 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Forsyth County, NC employs 178k people. The largest industries in Forsyth County, NC are Health Care & Social Assistance (31,738 people), Manufacturing (22,180 people), and Retail Trade (19,711 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($99,135), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($77,400), and Finance & Insurance ($67,962).

Males in North Carolina have an average income that is 1.31 times higher than the average income of females, which is $57,464. The income inequality in North Carolina (measured using the Gini index) is 0.47, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

178k
2022 Value
± 3,670
0.42%
1 Year growth
± 2.88%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Forsyth County, NC grew at a rate of 0.42%, from 178k employees to 178k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Forsyth County, NC, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (20,541 people), Management Occupations (18,186 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (16,659 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Forsyth County, NC.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

178k
2022 Value
± 3,670
0.42%
1 Year growth
± 2.88%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Forsyth County, NC grew at a rate of 0.42%, from 178k employees to 178k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Forsyth County, NC, are Health Care & Social Assistance (31,738 people), Manufacturing (22,180 people), and Retail Trade (19,711 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Forsyth County, NC, though some of these residents may live in Forsyth County, NC and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$45,545
Median earning men ± $977
$35,662
Median earning women ± $1,152

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($80,417), Public Administration ($62,386), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($56,858).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($53,470), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($49,925), and Wholesale Trade ($44,073).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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3.04%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 4.86M people employed in North Carolina. This represents a 3.04% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.9%.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 3,006
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 2,289
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 2,128
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Forsyth County, NC went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 56.2% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (42.3%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.887%).

Thom Tillis and Ted Budd are the senators currently representing the state of North Carolina. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

North Carolina is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from North Carolina

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Thom Tillis
Senator from North Carolina2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015
Ted Budd
Senator from North Carolina3
Assumed office on January 3, 2023

Thom Tillis and Ted Budd are the senators currently representing North Carolina.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from North Carolina

North Carolina is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Forsyth County, NC awarded 6,836 degrees. The student population of Forsyth County, NC in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 9,082 male students and 15,725 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Forsyth County, NC are White (3,634 and 57.4%), followed by Black or African American (1,465 and 23.1%), Hispanic or Latino (620 and 9.79%), and Two or More Races (204 and 3.22%).

The largest universities in Forsyth County, NC by number of degrees awarded are Wake Forest University (2,979 and 43.6%), Forsyth Technical Community College (1,987 and 29.1%), and Winston-Salem State University (1,131 and 16.5%).

The most popular majors in Forsyth County, NC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (449 and 6.57%), General Business Administration & Management (392 and 5.73%), and Registered Nursing (326 and 4.77%).

The median tuition costs in Forsyth County, NC are $21,550 for private four year colleges, and $4,949 and $18,894 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Forsyth County, NC, the percentage of applicants admitted was 39.7%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 24.2%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 24,807 (36.6% men and 63.4% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 24,807 students enrolled in Forsyth County, NC, 36.6% men and 63.4% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 10,996 records, of which 60.4% were women and 39.6% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 173 degrees awarded
  2. 213 degrees awarded
  3. 175 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Forsyth County, NC was General Biological Sciences with 173 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Forsyth County, NC according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 2,979 degrees awarded
  2. 1,987 degrees awarded
  3. 1,131 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Wake Forest University with 2,979 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 2,785 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Forsyth County, NC, which is 0.687 times less than the 4,051 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 3,634 degrees mean that there were 2.48 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 1,465 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($21,550) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($2,883) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,700) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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Measure

In 2022, 0.944% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.805% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (2.16M), Some college (1.84M), and Bachelors Degree (1.63M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Forsyth County, NC was $205,700 in 2022, which is 0.73 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $171,300 to $205,700, a 20.1% increase. The homeownership rate in Forsyth County, NC is 61.9%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Forsyth County, NC have an average commute time of 22.7 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Forsyth County, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Forsyth County, NC is $61,229. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Forsyth County, NC was Census Tract 25.02 with a value of $168,125, followed by Census Tract 25.01 and Census Tract 39.08, with respective values of $157,250 and $147,500.

In 2022, 16.1% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Forsyth County, NC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 0.179%.

Property

$205,700
Median Property Value 2022
±$3,386
$94,800
Median Property Taxes
±$2,349

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Forsyth County, NC the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

61.9%
Homeownership
2022
67.9%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 61.9% of the housing units in Forsyth County, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 62.1%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 25.02
  2. Census Tract 25.01
  3. Census Tract 39.08

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Forsyth County, NC was Census Tract 25.02 with a value of $168,125, followed by Census Tract 25.01 and Census Tract 39.08, with respective values of $157,250 and $147,500.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Forsyth County, NC colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$61,229
Median Household Income
± $1,542
153k
Number of Households
± 3,379

In 2022, the median household income of the 153k households in Forsyth County, NC grew to $61,229 from the previous year's value of $56,830.

The following chart displays the households in Forsyth County, NC distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Forsyth County, NC is from North Carolina.
0.47
2022 Wage GINI in North Carolina
0.47
2021 Wage GINI in North Carolina

In 2022, the income inequality in North Carolina was 0.47 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0732% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for North Carolina was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in North Carolina in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (76.8%)
  2. Worked At Home (10.6%)
  3. Carpooled (9.11%)

In 2022, 76.8% of workers in Forsyth County, NC drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (10.6%) and those who carpooled to work (9.11%).

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Commute Time

22.7 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Forsyth County, NC have a shorter commute time (22.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.1% of the workforce in Forsyth County, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 16.1% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Forsyth County, NC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 0.179%.

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Poverty & Diversity

15.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Forsyth County, NC (56.8k out of 373k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Males 6 - 11.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Forsyth County, NC is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 18.8% of the children was living in poverty in Forsyth County, NC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 13.6%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 576 in Forsyth County, NC. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 12 per 100,000 population.

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Health

89.5% of the population of Forsyth County, NC has health coverage, with 46% on employee plans, 16.8% on Medicaid, 13% on Medicare, 12.7% on non-group plans, and 1.05% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Forsyth County, NC see 857 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.61% decrease from the previous year (871 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1573 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 308 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 46.5% were men and 53.5% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

857 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Forsyth County, NC

Primary care physicians in Forsyth County, NC see an average of 857 patients per year. This represents a 1.61% decrease from the previous year (871 patients).

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 24.5% under 18 years, 21.6% between 18 and 34 years, 37.7% between 35 and 64 years, and 16.3% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 46.5% were men and 53.5% were women.

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Uninsured People

10.5%
Uninsured
46%
Employer Coverage
16.8%
Medicaid
13%
Medicare
12.7%
Non-Group
1.05%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Forsyth County, NC declined by 1.59% from 10.7% to 10.5%.

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Health Outcomes

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In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 61.5 in Forsyth County, NC.

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Health Behaviors

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In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 36.9% in Forsyth County, NC.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 14.2% in Forsyth County, NC.

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