Forsyth County, NC

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2020 Population
378,499
0.881% 1-year growth
US Senator
Richard Burr
Republican Party
US Senator
Thom Tillis
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
38.4
0% 1-year change
2020 Poverty Rate
15.8%
6.01% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$53,583
3.91% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$163,800
2.82% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
176,149
2.04% 1-year growth

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In 2020, Forsyth County, NC had a population of 378k people with a median age of 38.4 and a median household income of $53,583. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Forsyth County, NC grew from 375,195 to 378,499, a 0.881% increase and its median household income grew from $51,569 to $53,583, a 3.91% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Forsyth County, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (56.1%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (25.4%), White (Hispanic) (8.06%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (2.36%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.35%).

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.

94.8% of the residents in Forsyth County, NC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Forsyth County, NC are Wake Forest University (2,700 degrees awarded in 2020), Forsyth Technical Community College (2,225 degrees), and Winston-Salem State University (1,214 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Forsyth County, NC was $163,800, and the homeownership rate was 62.3%.

Most people in Forsyth County, NC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 22.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Forsyth County, NC was 2 cars per household.

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geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Forsyth County, NC is home to a population of 378k people, from which 94.8% are citizens. As of 2020, 8.52% of Forsyth County, NC residents were born outside of the country (32.2k people).

In 2020, there were 2.21 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (212k people) in Forsyth County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 96.1k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 30.5k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

94.8%
2020 Citizenship
94.5%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 94.8% of Forsyth County, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Forsyth County, NC was 94.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Forsyth County, NC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    212k ± 1.2k
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    96.1k ± 1.2k
  3. White (Hispanic)
    30.5k ± 1.81k
13%
Hispanic Population
49.3k people

In 2020, there were 2.21 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (212k people) in Forsyth County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 96.1k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 30.5k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

13% of the people in Forsyth County, NC are hispanic (49.3k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Forsyth County, NC as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    224,275 ± 11,501 people
  2. India
    74,765 ± 6,689 people
  3. Honduras
    37,815 ± 4,766 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 224,275 North Carolina residents, followed by India with 74,765 and Honduras with 37,815.

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Foreign-Born Population

8.52%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
32.2k people
8.64%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
32.4k people

As of 2020, 8.52% of Forsyth County, NC residents (32.2k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Forsyth County, NC was 8.64%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    7,123 ± 523
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    3,282 ± 526
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    3,274 ± 441

Forsyth County, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.17 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Forsyth County, NC employs 176k people. The largest industries in Forsyth County, NC are Health Care & Social Assistance (30,797 people), Manufacturing (21,939 people), and Retail Trade (20,854 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($87,188), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($64,079), and Finance & Insurance ($58,473).

Males in North Carolina have an average income that is 1.32 times higher than the average income of females, which is $49,357. The income inequality in North Carolina (measured using the Gini index) is 0.47, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

176k
2020 Value
± 3,498
2.04%
1 Year growth
± 2.59%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Forsyth County, NC grew at a rate of 2.04%, from 173k employees to 176k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Forsyth County, NC, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (20,612 people), Management Occupations (18,459 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (16,678 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

176k
2020 Value
± 3,498
2.04%
1 Year growth
± 2.59%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Forsyth County, NC grew at a rate of 2.04%, from 173k employees to 176k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Forsyth County, NC, are Health Care & Social Assistance (30,797 people), Manufacturing (21,939 people), and Retail Trade (20,854 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

$39,508
Median earning men ± $1,207
$31,988
Median earning women ± $581

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($70,635), Public Administration ($53,085), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($47,936).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($45,276), Public Administration ($44,865), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($37,390).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in North Carolina. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in North Carolina.

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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

The visualization shows the distribution of establishments by industry and by size according to the number of employees.

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Payroll by Industry Sector

The industries with the highest total annual payroll
  1. $5.89M
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. $3.36M
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. $3.3M
    Manufacturing

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Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from North Carolina to other states, or from other states to North Carolina.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $53.9B
  2. $49B
  3. $48.7B

In 2020, the top outbound North Carolina product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $53.9B, followed by Machinery ($49B) and Pharmaceuticals ($48.7B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound North Carolina products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$488B
2020 Value in North Carolina
$926B
Projected 2050 Value in North Carolina
89.6% growth

In 2020, total outbound North Carolina trade was $488B. This is expected to increase 89.6% to $926B by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound North Carolina trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from North Carolina to other states, or from other states to North Carolina.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $35.1B
  2. $27B
  3. $18.5B

In 2020, the top outbound North Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was South Carolina with $35.1B, followed by Virginia with $27B and Georgia and $18.5B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that North Carolina shares with each state (excluding itself).

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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%).

Richard Burr and Thom Tillis 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 13 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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Richard Burr
Senator from North Carolina3
Assumed office on January 3, 2005
Thom Tillis
Senator from North Carolina2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Richard Burr and Thom Tillis 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 13 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for North Carolina have changed over time starting in 2008.

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In 2020, universities in Forsyth County, NC awarded 6,914 degrees. The student population of Forsyth County, NC in 2020 is skewed towards women, with 9,130 male students and 15,250 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Forsyth County, NC are White (3,913 and 60%), followed by Black or African American (1,527 and 23.4%), Hispanic or Latino (538 and 8.25%), and Asian (205 and 3.14%).

The largest universities in Forsyth County, NC by number of degrees awarded are Wake Forest University (2,700 and 39.1%), Forsyth Technical Community College (2,225 and 32.2%), and Winston-Salem State University (1,214 and 17.6%).

The most popular majors in Forsyth County, NC are Liberal Arts & Sciences (532 and 7.69%), General Business Administration & Management (420 and 6.07%), and Registered Nursing (396 and 5.73%).

The median tuition costs in Forsyth County, NC are $21,425 for private four year colleges, and $4,949 and $18,344 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
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In 2020 in Forsyth County, NC, the percentage of applicants admitted was 45.7%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 32%. The number of students enrolled in 2020 was 24,380 (37.4% men and 62.6% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2020 there were 24,380 students enrolled in Forsyth County, NC, 37.4% men and 62.6% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 11,795 records, of which 58.2% were women and 41.8% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 169 degree-majors awarded
  2. 268 degree-majors awarded
  3. 172 degree-majors awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Forsyth County, NC was General Political Science & Government with 169 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. 2,700 degrees awarded
  2. 2,225 degrees awarded
  3. 1,214 degrees awarded

In 2020, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Wake Forest University with 2,700 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2020, 2,809 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Forsyth County, NC, which is 0.684 times less than the 4,105 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 3,913 degrees mean that there were 2.56 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 1,527 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 ($21,425) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2020.

Public, 4-year or above ($2,701) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2020.

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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In 2020, 0.849% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.733% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2020 were High School or Equivalent (2.14M), Some college (1.89M), and Bachelors Degree (1.54M).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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homeHousing & Living

The median property value in Forsyth County, NC was $163,800 in 2020, which is 0.713 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $159,300 to $163,800, a 2.82% increase. The homeownership rate in Forsyth County, NC is 62.3%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in Forsyth County, NC have an average commute time of 22.3 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 $53,583. In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Forsyth County, NC was Census Tract 25.01 with a value of $147,250, followed by Census Tract 25.02 and Census Tract 39.08, with respective values of $134,211 and $130,673.

In 2021, 16.1% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Forsyth County, NC. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator grew 0.21%.

Property

$163,800
Median Property Value 2020
±$2,141
$92,746
Median Property Taxes
±$2,361

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.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Forsyth County, NC compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

62.3%
Homeownership
2020
68.1%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 62.3% of the housing units in Forsyth County, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 61.6%.

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Income by Location

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

In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Forsyth County, NC was Census Tract 25.01 with a value of $147,250, followed by Census Tract 25.02 and Census Tract 39.08, with respective values of $134,211 and $130,673.

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

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$53,583
Median Household Income
± $1,197
147k
Number of Households
± 2,491

In 2020, the median household income of the 147k households in Forsyth County, NC grew to $53,583 from the previous year's value of $51,569.

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
2020 Wage GINI in North Carolina
0.472
2019 Wage GINI in North Carolina

In 2020, the income inequality in North Carolina was 0.47 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.395% decline from 2019 to 2020, 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 2020
  1. Drove Alone (80.9%)
  2. Carpooled (8.6%)
  3. Worked At Home (6.64%)

In 2020, 80.9% of workers in Forsyth County, NC drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.6%) and those who worked at home (6.64%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

22.3 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Forsyth County, NC have a shorter commute time (22.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 1.85% 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

The following chart displays the households in Forsyth County, NC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Forsyth County, NC have 2 cars.

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2021, 16.1% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Forsyth County, NC. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator grew 0.21%.

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Poverty & Diversity

15.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Forsyth County, NC (58.2k out of 368k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 6 - 11 and then Females 35 - 44.

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 2021, 22.5% of the children was living in poverty in Forsyth County, NC. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator declined 9.9%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2021, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 576 in Forsyth County, NC. From 2014 to 2021, the indicator grew 12 per 100,000 population.

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89% of the population of Forsyth County, NC has health coverage, with 47% on employee plans, 16% on Medicaid, 11.4% on Medicare, 13.1% on non-group plans, and 1.46% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in North Carolina was $7,264 in 2014. This is a 3.37% increase from the previous year ($7,027).

Primary care physicians in Forsyth County, NC see 871 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.35% decrease from the previous year (892 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1606 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 335 patients per year.

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

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in North Carolina, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Patient to Clinician Ratios

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

Primary care physicians in Forsyth County, NC see an average of 871 patients per year. This represents a 2.35% decrease from the previous year (892 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Forsyth County, NC in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of North Carolina across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2020, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 24.8% under 18 years, 21.2% between 18 and 34 years, 38.2% between 35 and 64 years, and 15.8% 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

11%
Uninsured
47%
Employer Coverage
16%
Medicaid
11.4%
Medicare
13.1%
Non-Group
1.46%
Military or VA

Between 2017 and 2018, the percent of uninsured citizens in Forsyth County, NC declined by 5.65% from 11.6% to 11%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Forsyth County, NC changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Outcomes

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In 2021, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 66 in Forsyth County, NC.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2021, 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 33.5% in Forsyth County, NC.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2021, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 12.8% in Forsyth County, NC.

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