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, 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)
2015 County Population Estimate
Historic County Population
The county was named for the Honorable John Forsyth, who had a long and distinguished public career as the attorney general of Georgia in 1808, United States senator (1818 – 1819; 1829 – 1834), United States representative (1813 – 1818; 1823 – 1827), United States minister to Spain (1819 – 1823), thirty-first governor of Georgia (1827 – 1829) and United States secretary of state under Presidents Jackson and Van Buren (1834 – 1841).
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.
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.
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 2015 at 212,438.
The county has one incorporated city-the city of Cumming, which was created by an act of legislation on December 22, 1834.
Forsyth County: Your Community. Your Future.