Forsyth City Hall
|Motto: "What you need when you need it"|
Location in Monroe County and the state of Georgia
|• Total||5 sq mi (12.9 km2)|
|• Land||5 sq mi (12.9 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||719 ft (219 m)|
|• Density||755.2/sq mi (292.7/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0331748|
Forsyth is part of the Macon Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is the former home of Tift College. The Forsyth Commercial Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a tourist attraction. It includes the Monroe County Courthouse (Forsyth, Georgia) and Courthouse Square as well as the surrounding area including several examples of 19th century architecture. Forsyth is also home to the Confederate Cemetery (Forsyth, Georgia), Tift College, and Rum Creek Wildlife Management Area.
Forsyth was laid out in 1823. That same year, the seat of Monroe County was transferred to Forsyth from Johnstonville.
Forsyth is located at .
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.0 square miles (13 km2), all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,776 people, 1,457 households, and 1,027 families residing in the city. The population density was 758.8 people per square mile (292.8/km²). There were 1,560 housing units at an average density of 313.5 per square mile (120.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 40.3% White, 57.6% African American, 0.7% Native American, and 0.90% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.
There were 1,457 households out of which 30.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.5% were married couples living together, 26.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.5% were non-families. 26.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.10.
In the city the population was spread out with 26.6% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 82.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.8 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $30,523, and the median income for a family was $35,405. Males had a median income of $25,600 versus $17,536 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,097. About 14.9% of families and 18.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.1% of those under age 18 and 11.5% of those age 65 or over.
The Georgia Department of Corrections has moved into the former Tift College site in 2010. Burruss Correctional Training Center is located in Forsyth next to the Georgia Public Safety Training Center.
Monroe County School District
The Monroe County School District holds grades pre-school to grade twelve, that consists of three elementary schools, two middle schools, and a high school. The district has 225 full-time teachers and over 3,872 students.
- Samuel E. Hubbard Elementary School
- Katherine B. Sutton Elementary School
- T.G. Scott Elementary School
- Banks Stephens Middle School
- William M. Hubbard Middle School
- Mary Persons High School
- Tift College was located in Forsyth.
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