New Census shows how Forsyth County population changed from 2020 to 2021

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Annual Census reports for 2020(Photo/Getty Images)

(Forsyth County, GA) Newest census data reveals how Georgia’s population has been shifting. Here is what has changed in Forsyth County and how it compares to the state as a whole.

The most recent annual data from the Census Bureau shows trends from July, 1st 2020 to July 1st 2021. During this period, Georgia as a whole saw an increase of 73,766 people, about .7%, to push the state’s population to 10,799,566. The current Census estimates this number to be just above 10.9 million in 2022.

This same timeframe marked significant growth for Forsyth County. The population grew by 7,420 people, good for a 2.9 percent overall increase. Forsyth County is now home to over 260,000 residents with around 6,500 of those residents living in the city of Cumming. Overall, Forsyth retained its spot as the eighth most populous county in Georgia.

Forsyth County’s population growth came partially through its birth surplus. There were 508 more babies born than total deaths. However, even more significant growth was seen from the volume of people migrating into Forsyth County.

Just under 7,000 more people moved into the county than out. Of these, 6,755 migrated from other parts of Georgia and across the United States, while the remaining 232 came from other countries. From July 2020 to July 2021, Forsyth saw the fifth most international migrants of Georgia counties.
Chart of Forsyth County population growth(Photo/U.S. Census Data)

Census estimates say Forsyth's population leans slightly female at 50.36 percent compared to 49.75 percent for males. The median age of Forsyth residents is 38.8 years old, slightly older than Georgia’s median age of 36.9 years.

Forsyth’s racial demographics are different as well with about 76 percent of residents being white. The next largest racial group is Asians at 14 percent. The state of Georgia sits at 57 percent white with Black people being the second largest group at 31.6 percent.

While the cost of living has risen, Forsyth County’s poverty level is at just 5.23 percent compared to 14.28 percent for all of Georgia. A stark contrast can be seen in earnings as well with the average Forsyth County resident bringing home $63,000 per year versus just over $40,000 for the average Georgian.

While numbers will never tell the entire story, census data helps identify trends and patterns in populations and how they are changing. This, in turn, allows people to better understand what is happening in communities across the world, as well as right outside of their front doors.

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