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The county was formed in 1849 from Stokes County. It was named for Colonel Benjamin Forsyth, who was killed in the War of 1812.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,069 km² (413 mi²). 1,061 km² (410 mi²) of it is land and 9 km² (3 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.80% water.
The county is divided into thirteen townships: Abbotts Creek, Belews Creek, Bethania, Broadbay, Clemmonsville, Kernersville, Lewisville, Middle Fork, Old Richmond, Salem Chapel, South Fork, Vienna, and Winston.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 306,067 people, 123,851 households, and 81,741 families residing in the county. The population density is 289/km² (747/mi²). There are 133,093 housing units at an average density of 125/km² (325/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 68.47% White, 25.61% Black or African American, 0.30% Native American, 1.04% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 3.25% from other races, and 1.30% from two or more races. 6.40% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 123,851 households out of which 30.50% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.90% are married couples living together, 13.50% have a female householder with no husband present, and 34.00% are non-families. 28.90% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.30% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.39 and the average family size is 2.94.
In the county the population is spread out with 23.90% under the age of 18, 9.60% from 18 to 24, 31.10% from 25 to 44, 22.80% from 45 to 64, and 12.60% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 91.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 87.40 males.
The median income for a household in the county is $42,097, and the median income for a family is $52,032. Males have a median income of $36,158 versus $27,319 for females. The per capita income for the county is $23,023. 11.00% of the population and 7.90% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 15.10% are under the age of 18 and 9.70% are 65 or older.