About Forsyth County Georgia

  • ABOUT FORSYTH COUNTY,
    GEORGIA
    Forsyth County is conveniently located between Atlanta and the north Georgia mountains.
    The county is consistently ranked as one of the fastest growing counties in the United States.

    Forsyth County is a great place to call home and to do business. We have tax rates among
    the lowest in the metro Atlanta area, an award-winning parks and recreation system, and
    nationally recognized schools and teachers.
  • Incorporation Date of County:
    December 3, 1832

    Total Area of County (Square Miles)
    247

    2016 County Population Estimate
    221,009

    Historic County Population
    1990: 44,083
    2000: 98,407
    2005: 140,393
    COUNTY NAMESAKE

    The county was named for the Honorable John Forsyth,
    who had a long and distinguished public career as the
    Attorney General of Georgia, United States senator, United
    States representative, United States minister to Spain,
    thirty-first governor of Georgia and United States Secretary
    of State under Presidents Jackson and Van Buren.

    The county has one incorporated city-the city of Cumming,
    which was created by an act of legislation on December 22,
    1834.
  • COUNTY HISTORY

    Forsyth County’s territories were once part of the Cherokee Nation
    and remained Cherokee land until 1832, when Forsyth County was
    created by the Georgia Legislature.
    In its early days, Forsyth County was known for its agriculture economy.
    The area received an influx of settlers following the discovery of gold
    in north Georgia and the Georgia Land Lottery, also known as the Gold
    Lottery of 1832, utilized to distribute land in Georgia. As the years
    passed, the forestry industry combined with cotton and poultry continued
    to attract new settlers as the county’s population increased.
  • LAKE LANIER

    A milestone for the county was the completion of Lake Sidney Lanier
    in 1957 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This event brought
    recreation and revenue to the surrounding counties. More than 7.5
    million people annually visit Lake Lanier, making it one of the most
    visited and used Corps' lake in the country.
  • GA 400

    Another event impacting the area’s growth was the
    construction of GA 400, which opened in 1974. When this
    road was completed, it made the county more accessible
    to those wishing to escape urban living.
    The 1980s and 1990s brought rapid growth and progress, yet
    the county was able to maintain its low tax rates and high
    educational standards through its school system.
  • From 1990 to 2000, 54,000 more people began calling Forsyth County home.
    And that growth has continued, with the U.S. Census Bureau’s Population
    estimate for 2016 at 221,009.
    FORSYTH COUNTY:
    YOUR COMMUNITY. YOUR FUTURE.

Contact Us

 Address: 110 East Main Street
Cumming GA 30040
 Phone: 770-781-2101
 Email: Contact Us

Our Mission

As trusted stewards of Forsyth County’s future, the elected officials and employees are dedicated to serving the community and to providing effective, professional public service with integrity and a commitment to excellence. 

Our Vision

Forsyth County is committed to providing and maintaining the most efficient, customer service-oriented county government possible. The county will be an innovative and strategic leader in providing essential and effective public services in a fiscally prudent and professional manner. By preserving and enhancing a high quality of life, Forsyth County will remain a healthy, safe and compelling place in which to live, work, recreate, visit and invest.