Forsyth County Community Survey identifies opportunities and challenges

Results from the 2023 survey where more than 1,200 residents shared their thoughts and perceptions.

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How do you see your community?

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Results from the Forsyth County Community Survey are in. More than 1,230 randomly selected households filled out a questionnaire in the fall of 2023 to identify perceptions about the area, satisfaction with county services, and areas for improvement.

The survey found that 76% of residents rated Forsyth County as a favorable place to live. However, several ratings dropped since the survey was last done in 2021. Fewer respondents were willing to rank affordable housing, the ability to make a living wage, and childhood education as “excellent” or “good” this time around.

The county still has work to do when it comes to priorities it identified in 2021. The recent survey found that residents still want the county to focus on these items:

  • Quality of K-12 education buildings
  • Communication with the public
  • Ensuring the community is prepared for emergencies
  • Enforcement of codes and ordinances
  • Quality of health care services

County Commissioners will take the results into consideration when making decisions over the next two years.