Plentiful demographic information is available about Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, and its smaller communities. Below are direct links to the most recent information available for population estimates; population composition by race and age; population growth and population density; population projections for Forsyth County; household income; and housing ownership.

More detailed information is available in recent trends reports and newsletters produced by Planning staff and on the Census on North Carolina Demographic websites via the web links below.

Recent Demographic Information

Population Estimates, Forsyth County and Communities, July 2015 [pdf/179kb/1p]

Population By Race, Forsyth County, July 2015 [pdf/175kb/1p]

Population Distribution by Age Group and Gender, Forsyth County, July 2015 [pdf/263kb/1p]

Population Growth and Density, Winston-Salem, 1920-2010 [pdf264kb/1p]

Population Estimates/Projections, Forsyth County, 2010 - 2035 [pdf/307kb/1p]

Median Household Income, Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, 2014 [pdf/277kb/1p]

Housing Occupancy (Owners versus Renters), Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, 2014 [pdf/283kb/1p]

Development Trends

The Development Dashboard (2014-present) reports provide quarterly locational data on residential and nonresidential building permits for all of Forsyth County since 2014.

The 2013 Forsyth County Trends [pdf/2mb/53p] report displays trends for many of the items mentioned in Legacy 2030, Forsyth County’s comprehensive plan.


The Area Plan Trends (2013) [pdf/1mb/16p] report shows demographic changes between 2000 and 2010 or 2012 for Forsyth County, Winston-Salem and the county’s 21 planning areas.

Contact: Email or call 336-747-7066 for questions or further information on local demographics.

Demographic Resource Websites

American Factfinder, US Census Bureau

Past US Census Publications

State Demographics Branch, NC Office of State Budget and Management

Revised 12/29/2017

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