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Forsyth County, Georgia

Forsyth County Georgia
US county information
NameForsyth County
Largest cityCumming
US Area
Total Area247.37 sq mi (640.7 km2)
Land Area225.80 sq mi (584.8 km2)
Water Area21.57 sq mi (55.9 km2)
Population175511 (2010)
Density168.3/km2 (436/sq mi)
Congressional district7th
Congressional district9th
Time zoneEastern
Time zoneEastern: UTC-5/-4: -5/-4

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Forsyth County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. The county seat is Cumming, Georgia. Forsyth County is a part of the Atlanta metropolitan area (Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area). As of the 2010 census, the population was 175,511.

Forsyth County has been one of the fastest growing areas in the United States in terms of percentage of growth for several years during the 2000s. The population growth was caused by the county's proximity to Atlanta and its appeal as a commuter area for people working in the Atlanta area. The influx of high earning professionals increased the average income to a point where named it as the 13th wealthiest county in the United States in terms of median household income for 2008. At near $84,872 it is also the wealthiest county in the state of Georgia, and the 20th wealthiest county in the nation.

Forsyth County gained national media attention in the 1980s because of a series of civil rights demonstrations and counter demonstrations that began as an attempt to show that the county had moved past a history of extreme racism. The county also received national media attention because of Lake Lanier, which forms the eastern border of the county, and the scarcity of water resources during a drought that threatened water supplies for the metro Atlanta area and, downstream, areas of Alabama and Florida.

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