Forsyth, GA Demographics

Forsyth was incorporated and listed as the county seat of Monroe County, on December 10, 1823. Forsyth was named in honor of John Forsyth, who, as minister to Spain, negotiated the purchase of Florida in 1819.

One of the main attractions to the city is the Forsyth Commercial Historic District. This historical area includes the Courthouse Square and surrounding blocks of structures from the mid-to-late 1800s. Many of the structures are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This is also the site of the annual Forsythia Festival in the spring.

The Monroe County courthouse in Forsyth, constructed in 1896, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places District. Other city attractions include the Confederate Cemetery, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Rum Creek Wildlife Management Area.

The Georgia Public Safety Training Center is located in Forsyth.

Forsyth participates in the Better Hometown Program run by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. This community development program is a public-private partnership intended to revitalize small communities with populations between 1,000 and 5,000. These cities have access to technical assistance and fiscal resources designed to stimulate downtown revitalization.

Population (year 2000): 3,776. Estimated population in July 2005: 4,259 (+12.8% change)
Males: 1,703 (45.1%), Females: 2,073 (54.9%)

Monroe County

Zip code: 31029

Median resident age: 36.0 years
Median household income: $30,523 (year 2000)
Median house value: $69,300 (year 2000)

Races in Forsyth:

  • Black (57.6%)
  • White Non-Hispanic (40.3%)
  • Hispanic (1.6%)
  • Two or more races (0.9%)
  • American Indian (0.7%)

Ancestries: United States (13.2%), English (5.6%), Irish (2.8%), German (2.4%), French (1.1%), Scotch-Irish (1.1%).

Elevation: 716 feet

Land area: 5.0 square miles

Population

For population 25 years and over in Forsyth

  • High school or higher: 73.8%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 20.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 8.9%
  • Unemployed: 5.4%
  • Mean travel time to work: 22.9 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Forsyth city

  • Never married: 30.4%
  • Now married: 40.2%
  • Separated: 3.2%
  • Widowed: 12.7%
  • Divorced: 13.5%

0.2% Foreign born

Population change in the 1990s: -659 (-14.9%).

Hospitals

Hospital/medical center in Forsyth:

  • MONROE COUNTY HOSPITAL (88 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR DRIVE)

Other hospitals/medical centers near Forsyth:

  • HEALTHSOUTH CENTRAL GA REHAB HOSPITAL (about 19 miles; MACON, GA)
  • MACON NORTHSIDE HOSPITAL (about 19 miles; MACON, GA)
  • SYLVAN GROVE HOSPITAL (about 19 miles; JACKSON, GA)

Airports

Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Forsyth:

  • MIDDLE GEORGIA REGIONAL (about 33 miles; MACON, GA; ID: MCN)
  • ROBINS AFB (about 37 miles; WARNER ROBINS, GA; ID: WRB)
  • THE WILLIAM B HARTSFIELD ATLANTA INTL (about 53 miles; ATLANTA, GA; ID: ATL)

Other public-use airports nearest to Forsyth:

  • THOMASTON-UPSON COUNTY (about 23 miles; THOMASTON, GA; ID: OPN)
  • GRIFFIN-SPALDING COUNTY (about 26 miles; GRIFFIN, GA; ID: 6A2)
  • HERBERT SMART DOWNTOWN (about 31 miles; MACON, GA; ID: MAC)

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Forsyth:

  • GORDON COLLEGE (about 15 miles; BARNESVILLE, GA; Full-time enrollment: 2,263)
  • MERCER UNIVERSITY (about 25 miles; MACON, GA; FT enrollment: 5,859)
  • MACON STATE COLLEGE (about 25 miles; MACON, GA; FT enrollment: 2,557)
  • CENTRAL GEORGIA TECHNICAL COLLEGE (about 25 miles; MACON, GA; FT enrollment: 2,383)
  • FORT VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY (about 34 miles; FT VALLEY, GA; FT enrollment: 2,233)
  • CLAYTON COLLEGE AND STATE UNIVERSITY (about 47 miles; MORROW, GA; FT enrollment: 2,953)
  • GEORGIA COLLEGE AND STATE UNIVERSITY (about 49 miles; MILLEDGEVILLE, GA; FT enrollment: 4,028)

Schools

Public high school in Forsyth:

  • MARY PERSONS HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,062; Location: 310 MONTPELIER AVENUE; Grades: 09 – 12)

Private high school in Forsyth:

  • MONROE ACADEMY (Students: 438; Location: 433 HWY 41 SOUTH; Grades: KG – 12)

Public primary/middle schools in Forsyth:

  • HUBBARD PRIMARY SCHOOL (Students: 986; Location: 558 HIGHWAY 83 SOUTH; Grades: PK – 02)
  • MONROE COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 914; Location: 50 THORNTON ROAD; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • HUBBARD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 858; Location: 500 HIGHWAY 83 SOUTH; Grades: 03 – 05)
  • MONROE COUNTY ALTERNATIVE CENTER (Location: 25-A BROOKLYN AVENUE; Grades: 00 – 00)