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Analysis: Forsyth County population will almost double in next 30 years
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A participant in the 2018 Cumming Christmas Parade and Festival tosses candy to the crowd on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. - photo by Ben Hendren

Forsyth County’s growth isn’t expected to slow down any time soon.

By 2050, Forsyth County is projected to almost double in population, from 236,612 people in the latest U.S. Census Bureau figures to an estimated 440,400, according to the most recent forecasts by the Atlanta Regional Commission.

The ARC recently released its latest long-range population and employment forecasts, which it does every four years as the agency prepares to make major updates to the Atlanta Region’s Plan that serves as “the blueprint for metro Atlanta’s future.”

The 21-county Atlanta region is projected to grow by 2.9 million people over the next 30 years to 8.6 million, in the process becoming more diverse and older, according to the ARC’s analysis.

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The share of white residents in the Atlanta region is projected to drop from 47.5% to 31%, according to the ARC, while the percentage of Hispanic residents will increase from 12% to 21% and the share of residents of “other” race and ethnic backgrounds (which includes Asians) will increase from 8% to 14%. The percentage of black residents is expected to remain steady at about 33%.

Meanwhile, the percent of residents 75 or older is projected to triple by 2050, from 4% (or 223,000 people) to 12%, or about 1 million people, according to the ARC, a shift that could significantly impact the region’s housing, healthcare and transportation.

Those trends will be reflected in Forsyth County, though to a lesser extent. ARC’s analysis projects the county’s percentage of white residents to decrease from 77.98% in 2015 to 72.55% by 2050, while its percentage of residents 65 and older will grow from 11.2% (23,142 people) to 18.2% (78,463).

Overall, Forsyth County is forecast to grow faster than any other county in the region over the next 30 years, according to the ARC.

The ARC analysis also projects the county’s employment to grow by 59.6%, with the largest sectors expected to be construction, retail, and food and beverage.