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Forsyth County

County Description, Neighborhoods, County Information, Chamber of Commerce, Property Taxes, Public Education, Utilities and Contacts, Helpful Links


County Description

Located 30 miles Northeast of downtown Atlanta via Georgia 400 expressway, Forsyth County combines rural charm and upscale living. Housing prices begin at $80,000 and boom to over $7 million for lake property along the picturesque Lake Lanier. Forsyth has been noted as one of the fastest growing counties in the United States and now houses a population of almost 100,000 people.

Originally inhabited by the Cherokee Indians, Forsyth county was founded in 1832 and named after statesman John Forsyth. Cumming, the county seat, was named after Augusta, Georgia Mayor William Cumming. The first white settlers were drawn to the area after gold was discovered in the southern portion of the Appalachian Mountains. And afterwards, the area became a prime agricultural community. During the 1950s, the Army Corps of Engineers developed Lake Lanier in an effort to provide recreational activities, flood control and hydroelectric power. The lake is one of the most heavily visited bodies of water in the United States.

While industries revolving around farming and poultry originally dominated Forsyth, the county has thrived as Georgia 400's golden corridor of technology has grown. Many companies offering data processing, research and development, and fiber optics have a business headquarters in Forsyth County. In addition, the county has over 22 privately developed business parks-some which include a residential component combining work, play and recreation.

Forsyth County Neighborhoods

Cumming
Families are consistently drawn to Cumming due to its positive business environment and offering of top-notch educational programs. Cumming is located approximately 30 minutes from downtown Atlanta, giving residents and visitors easy access to the bustle of the major metropolis.

Ample green space and planned communities provide a safe place for children to live and play-and convenience for working parents. Rich cultural and recreational attractions within the serene, environmentally sound living environment gives Cumming an unrivaled appeal.

Chartered in 1845, the City of Cumming is locally referred to as the 'gateway to leisure living' due to the wide variety of recreational activities-such as polo, golf, fishing, boating, hiking, swimming, and horseback riding-abundant in the area. In addition, the City of Cumming Fairgrounds hosts many family oriented entertainment events each year.

Lake Lanier. Photo courtesy of GDITT.
Gainesville
Nestled at the foothills of the Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains, Gainesville is home to Lake Lanier, host of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Rowing and Sprint/Canoe/Kayak events, as well as 1996 Paralympic Yachting. While the lake experiences millions of visitors yearly, due to well-developed road access and the short drive, approximately 40 minutes, to downtown Atlanta, year round residents often lose themselves in tranquil moments.

However serene the setting, Gainesville offers many exciting and varied opportunities due to the area's expanding economy which provide a variety of lifestyles for both the permanent and part-time residents.

The low student to faculty ratios at Gainesville's educational institutions of higher learning-Lanier Technical Institute and Brenau University assure residents easy access to quality higher learning opportunities and community education programs.

County Information

Median household income
$68,890

Median age of residents
34.6

Population
98,407

Sales tax
7%

Chamber of Commerce

Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce
770-887-6461
www.forsythchamber.org

Property Taxes

The property tax rate millage is $22.2080 on 40 percent fair market value.

Tax Commissioner: 770-781-2110

Public Education

Forsyth County Schools Board of Education
770-887-2461

Elementary Schools 14
Middle Schools 5
High Schools 3
Alternative 1
Per-pupil expenditures $5,938.14
School & bus information 770-888-1234

Avg SAT Scores* (Verbal/Math)
Forsyth Co. (508/507)
Georgia (491/489)
National (506/514)

*Note: most students take the SAT whether they go on to higher education or not.

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Utilities and Contacts

Electricity
Georgia Power Company 770-887-2250
Sawnee EMC 770- 887-2363

Gas
Scana Energy
877-GO-SCANA
www.goscana.com

For information about the deregulation of the natural gas market in Georgia and a listing of the residential gas providers, click here.

Telephone
Bell South Telephone & Telegraph 404-780-2355

Water
City of Cumming 770-781-2010
Forsyth Co. Water & Sewer Dept. 770-781-2160

Cable
Adelphia Communications 770-382-4444

Hospitals
Baptist Medical Center 770-844-3200
Northside Hospital 404-851-8000
North Fulton Regional Hospital 770-751-2500

Helpful Links

Forsyth County
www.forsythcounty.com

Forsyth Chamber of Commerce
www.forsythchamber.org

Neighborhoods
www.cityofcumming.net

Forsyth County Schools
www.forsyth.k12.ga.us

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