Forsyth County is one of the fastest-growing areas in the United States, due to its proximity to Atlanta and appeal as a commuter community. The influx of high-earning professionals has increased the average income dramatically; the median household income is just over $87,000.
Forsyth County was named after John Forsyth, Governor of Georgia from 1827 to 1829 and Secretary of State under Presidents Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren. During the 1950s, with the introduction of the poultry industry, and later the 1971 opening of Georgia State Route 400 industry in the county grew.
Over the decades, Forsyth County continued to be developed for subdivisions, industry and related businesses. In 2008 it had been ranked among the top ten fastest-growing counties of the United States for several years. Many new subdivisions have been constructed, several around top-quality golf courses. The county's proximity to Atlanta and the Blue Ridge mountains, and bordering 37,000-acre Lake Sidney Lanier, has attracted many new residents. So much so that more than 60% of the current population either lived elsewhere in 1987 or had not yet been born.
Today, of the 59,433 households, 46.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.5% were married couples living together. Forsyth County is served by Forsyth County Schools, which serves 42,600 students and is the largest employer in the county with over 4,100 full-time employees and 1,500 substitutes.
Out of 180 school districts, FCS is the seventh largest school system in Georgia. It has 37 schools; 21 elementary, 10 middle, five high schools, as well as the Academies for Creative Education (A.C.E) that houses one school, iAchieve Virtual Academy, FCS' 12 online schools, and two programs, Gateway Academy (the alternative program for middle and high school students) and Forsyth Academy.
Lake Lanier, created and maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers offers plenty of fishing, boating, tubing, wake-boarding, and water-skiing opportunities. Forsyth County Parks and Recreation Department maintains more than 15 parks in the county including the Sawnee Mountain Preserve, Central Park, Fowler Park, Poole's Mill Covered Bridge and the Big Creek Greenway. The Cumming Fairgrounds host a rodeo, The Cumming Country Fair, and a farmers' market. There is also a 4th of July Steam Engine Parade.
We invite you to check out the neighborhoods in Forsyth County. Call us to take a tour of all the homes and communities. You may just find your dream home here.
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