Earlier this month, the U.S. Census Bureau released its official numbers for the state of Georgia from the 2010 Census. To the surprise of no one, the federal data showed that Forsyth County’s population grew at a pretty considerable clip between 2000 and 2010.
In fact, the county grew by nearly 80 percent in size during that decade, making it one of the fastest growing in both the state and nation.
At the time of the 2000 Census, the county’s population was pegged at 98,400. By 2010, that number had grown to 175,500.
Even for those who have watched it happen, those are pretty staggering numbers, especially given the economic conditions that have slowed growth over the past few years.
Beyond the raw numbers, it’s important to think about why so many people chose to move to the county during the decade measured by the census. And the answer is pretty obvious — Forsyth offers a quality of life unmatched in many other parts of the country.
Giving credence to the idea that familiarity breeds contempt, we are all too often guilty of taking for granted the many benefits of living in the county we call home.
On a day-to-day basis it’s easy to gripe and complain that things aren’t what they should be, without stepping back to realize just how good things really are.
We are blessed with a strong local economy that has weathered the worst of the current political storm better than most. We have an exceptional school system that is the envy of many, and growing post-secondary opportunities available for local residents.
We have financial stability within our governments, as well as community and political leaders who have demonstrated great vision for the future.
Ours is a county blessed with great natural resources and scenic beauty, superior parks and an impressive assemblage of greenspace.
Geographically, we are perfectly situated to benefit from our proximity to Atlanta. Infrastructure is either planned or in place to accommodate continued growth.We are generally safe and secure in our homes.
Perhaps most exceptional however are things not easily quantified — the strength of individual neighborhoods within the county, the character of its residents, the amount of charity shown by those living here, the power of the spiritual community.
Elsewhere in today’s paper you will find our annual Progress edition, an assemblage of news stories and photographs meant to offer a one-day snapshot of where we are and where we are headed as a community.
Those stories — especially the ones focused on the people who live here and the strength of the community spirit — go a long way toward explaining why so many newcomers continue to choose Forsyth as their home.
We hope you enjoy this special Progress edition and the perspective it offers on those things that make Forsyth County special.