Forsyth County, NC

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Population

379,099

0.738% growth

Poverty Rate

18.7%


Median Age

38.5


Median Household Income

$49,166

2.03% decline

Number of Employees

173,934

0.411% decline

Median Property Value

$163,200

4.28% growth

About

In 2018, Forsyth County, NC had a population of 379k people with a median age of 38.5 and a median household income of $49,166. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Forsyth County, NC grew from 376,320 to 379,099, a 0.738% increase and its median household income declined from $50,185 to $49,166, a -2.03% decrease.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Forsyth County, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (55.9%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (25.4%), White (Hispanic) (9.14%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (2.53%), and Some Other Race (Hispanic) (2.06%). N/A% of the people in Forsyth County, NC speak a non-English language, and 93.6% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Forsyth County, NC are Wake Forest University (2,567 degrees awarded in 2017), Forsyth Technical Community College (1,550 degrees), and Winston-Salem State University (1,266 degrees).

The median property value in Forsyth County, NC is $163,200, and the homeownership rate is 58.4%. Most people in Forsyth County, NC commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 20.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Forsyth County, NC is 2 cars per household.

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COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Forsyth County, NC employs 174k people. The largest industries in Forsyth County, NC are Health Care & Social Assistance (30,796 people), Manufacturing (22,842 people), and Retail Trade (17,407 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($86,944), Utilities ($60,810), and Public Administration ($47,401).

Median household income in Forsyth County, NC is $49,166. Males in Forsyth County, NC have an average income that is 1.32 times higher than the average income of females, which is $47,552. The income inequality in Forsyth County, NC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.47, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$49,166

2018 value

± $2,108

-2.03%

1 Year Growth

± 6.18%

Households in Forsyth County, NC have a median annual income of $49,166, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $50,185 in 2017, which represents a -2.03% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$62,551

Average Male Salary

± $1,091

$47,552

Average Female Salary

± $846

In 2018, full-time male employees in North Carolina made 1.32 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in North Carolina by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $66,551 ± $4,420

  2. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $53,592 ± $28,568

  3. White

    $52,871 ± $810

In 2018 the highest paid race/ethnicity of North Carolina workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.24 times more than Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Forsyth County, NC is from North Carolina.

0.47

2018 Wage GINI

0.473

2017 Wage GINI

In 2018, the income inequality in North Carolina was 0.47 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.556% decline from 2017 to 2018, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2018 the GINI for North Carolina was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in North Carolina in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in North Carolina across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 25.01

  2. Census Tract 39.08

  3. Census Tract 39.06

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Forsyth County, NC was Census Tract 25.01 with a value of $162,976, followed by Census Tract 39.08 and Census Tract 39.06, with respective values of $126,780 and $116,071.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

18.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Forsyth County, NC (67k out of 358k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 6 - 11.

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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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    34,529 ± 1,332

  2. Black

    25,241 ± 1,127

  3. Hispanic

    18,757 ± 942

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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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

174k

2018 Value

± 7,211

-0.411%

1 Year decline

± 5.76%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Forsyth County, NC declined at a rate of -0.411%, from 175k employees to 174k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Forsyth County, NC, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (21,069 people), Management Occupations (17,302 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (16,080 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Forsyth County, NC.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Forsyth County, NC, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (21,069 people), Management Occupations (17,302 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (16,080 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Forsyth County, NC has an unusually high number of residents working as Health Technologists & Technicians (1.77 times higher than expected), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (1.49 times), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.39 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Forsyth County, NC, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($77,400), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($68,732), and Management Occupations ($65,372).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

174k

2018 Value

± 7,211

-0.411%

1 Year decline

± 5.76%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Forsyth County, NC declined at a rate of -0.411%, from 175k employees to 174k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Forsyth County, NC, are Health Care & Social Assistance (30,796 people), Manufacturing (22,842 people), and Retail Trade (17,407 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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Most Common

The most common industries in Forsyth County, NC, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (30,796 people), Manufacturing (22,842 people), and Retail Trade (17,407 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Forsyth County, NC has an unusually high number of Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.95 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.35 times), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1.28 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Forsyth County, NC, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($86,944), Utilities ($60,810), and Public Administration ($47,401).

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Domestic Trade

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. $54.9B

  2. $41.2B

  3. $40B

In 2015, the top outbound North Carolina product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $54.9B, followed by Pharmaceuticals ($41.2B) and Machinery ($40B).

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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$443B

2020 Value

$632B

Projected 2045 Value

42.7% growth

In 2020, total outbound North Carolina trade was $443B. This is expected to increase 42.7% to $632B by 2045.

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. $28.4B

  2. $28.1B

  3. $28B

In 2015, the top outbound North Carolina domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was South Carolina with $28.4B, followed by Virginia with $28.1B and Georgia and $28B.

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

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Health

89.6% of the population of Forsyth County, NC has health coverage, with 47.4% on employee plans, 16.8% on Medicaid, 11.4% on Medicare, 12.2% on non-group plans, and 1.76% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Forsyth County, NC 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 920 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.988% increase from the previous year (911 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1720 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 401 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Edgecombe County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16.2%). Additionally, Hertford County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (40.5%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

920 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Forsyth County, NC see an average of 920 patients per year. This represents a 0.988% increase from the previous year (911 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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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,264

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$3,859

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,225

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,260

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in North Carolina (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.37%, from $7,027 to $7,264.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

10.4%

Uninsured

47.4%

Employer Coverage

16.8%

Medicaid

11.4%

Medicare

12.2%

Non-Group

1.76%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Forsyth County, NC declined by 5.24% from 11% to 10.4%.

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 Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 16.2% prevalence

  2. 16.1% prevalence

  3. 16% prevalence

Edgecombe County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in North Carolina, at 16.2%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in North Carolina by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Forsyth County, NC is home to a population of 379k people, from which 93.6% are citizens. As of 2017, 8.47% of Forsyth County, NC residents were born outside of the country (31.9k people).

In 2018, there were 2.2 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (212k people) in Forsyth County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 96.4k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 34.6k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

38

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

42

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.1

In 2018, the median age of all people in Forsyth County, NC was 38.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 42. But people in Forsyth County, NC are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Forsyth County, NC residents was 38.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

8.47%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

31.9k people

8.32%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

30.9k people

As of 2017, 8.47% of Forsyth County, NC residents (31.9k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Forsyth County, NC was 8.32%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    229,977 ± 11,643 people

  2. India

    71,606 ± 6,547 people

  3. Honduras

    31,466 ± 4,348 people

In 2018, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 229,977 North Carolina residents, followed by India with 71,606 and Honduras with 31,466.

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Citizenship

93.6%

2018 Citizenship

94.2%

2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 93.6% of Forsyth County, NC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Forsyth County, NC was 94.2%, 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 ± 2.01k

  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)

    96.4k ± 2.53k

  3. White (Hispanic)

    34.6k ± 3.95k

In 2018, there were 2.2 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (212k people) in Forsyth County, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 96.4k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 34.6k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

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

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    7,673 ± 1,089

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    3,513 ± 1,052

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,954 ± 557

Forsyth County, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.18 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Forsyth County, NC awarded 6,114 degrees. The student population of Forsyth County, NC is skewed towards women, with 9,351 male students and 14,448 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Forsyth County, NC are White (3,672 and 62.8%), followed by Black or African American (1,408 and 24.1%), Hispanic or Latino (320 and 5.47%), and Asian (162 and 2.77%).

The largest universities in Forsyth County, NC by number of degrees awarded are Wake Forest University (2,567 and 42%), Forsyth Technical Community College (1,550 and 25.4%), and Winston-Salem State University (1,266 and 20.7%).

The most popular majors in Forsyth County, NC are Registered Nursing (541 and 8.85%), General Business Administration & Management (403 and 6.59%), and Liberal Arts & Sciences (365 and 5.97%).

The median tuition costs in Forsyth County, NC are $18,390 for private four year colleges, and $4,949 and $17,944 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 178 degrees awarded

  2. 136 degrees awarded

  3. 433 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Forsyth County, NC was General Psychology with 178 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

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 2,567 degrees awarded

  2. 1,550 degrees awarded

  3. 1,266 degrees awarded

$4,949

Median In-State Public

$18,390

Median Private

In 2017, the Forsyth County, NC institution with the largest number of graduating students was Wake Forest University with 2,567 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,327

Degrees Awarded to Men

3,787

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 2,327 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Forsyth County, NC, which is 0.614 times less than the 3,787 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    3,672 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    1,408 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    320 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Forsyth County, NC were to White students. These 3,672 degrees mean that there were 2.61 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 1,408 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Forsyth County, NC was $163,200 in 2018, which is 0.71 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $156,500 to $163,200, a 4.28% increase. The homeownership rate in Forsyth County, NC is 58.4%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Forsyth County, NC have an average commute time of 20.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Forsyth County, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$163,200

2018 Median

± $4,119

$156,500

2017 Median

± $3,737

In 2018, the median property value in Forsyth County, NC grew to to $163,200 from the previous year's value of $156,500.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Forsyth County, NC compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Forsyth County, NC the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Household Income

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$49,166

Median Household Income

± $2,108

150k

Number of Households

± 6,362

In 2018, the median household income of the 150k households in Forsyth County, NC declined from $49,166 from the previous year's value of $50,185.

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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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Forsyth County, NC 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

58.4%

2018 Homeownership

62%

2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 58.4% of the housing units in Forsyth County, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 62%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Forsyth County, NC compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

20.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Forsyth County, NC have a shorter commute time (20.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.44% of the workforce in Forsyth County, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    81.5%

  2. Carpooled

    10.6%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.73%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Forsyth County, NC was Drove Alone (81.5%), followed by those who Carpooled (10.6%) and those who Worked At Home (4.73%).

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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Transportation

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, followed by 1 car.

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