Forsyth County, North Carolina

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Forsyth County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of 2000, the population was 306,067. Its county seat is Winston-Salem.



The county was formed in 1849 from Stokes County. It was named for Colonel Benjamin Forsyth, who was killed in the War of 1812.

Law and government

Forsyth County is a member of the regional Northwest Piedmont Council of Governments.

The Forsyth County Public Library, founded in 1906, is free for residents of Forsyth and surrounding counties, while all others must pay a small yearly fee for a library card. The library runs Adult, Children's, and Hispanic Outreach programs. Its main "Central Library" is in downtown Winston-Salem, with the following branch locations:

  • Clemmons Branch Library
  • Carver School Road Library
  • Lewisville Branch Library
  • Reynolda Manor Library
  • Rural Hall Branch Library
  • Walkertown Branch Library
  • Southside Branch Library
  • Kernersville Branch Library
  • Mallory Jordan East Winston Heritage Center


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 413 square miles (1,069.7 km2), of which 410 square miles (1,061.9 km2) is land and 3 square miles (7.8 km2) (0.80%) is water.

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