Poverty Study Key Findings: Demographics

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Introduction     Demographics      Poverty Overview      Income Insufficiency      
Concentrated Poverty     Employment      Income      Education      Immigration      Family Structure
Forsyth County and Peer Communities:
Forsyth County, NC
Guilford County, NC
Jackson County, MO
Pulaski County, AR
Roanoke (munc.), VA
Lafayette Parish, LA
To identify potential local causes of poverty, Forsyth Futures compared Forsyth County with demographically similar counties across the country.
A computer algorithm was used to find the city/county pairs that were most demographically similar to Forsyth County and Winston-Salem based on:
  • Population size
  • Population growth
  • Age
  • Race
  • Rural/urban makeup
Figure 1: Race/Ethnic Composition of Forsyth County and Peer Communities, 2014
  • Though the peer communities were matched based on basic demographics, Figure 1 shows that Forsyth County has a larger Hispanic/Latino population than all of the peer communities.
  • Forsyth County also has a smaller White, non-Hispanic population than the majority of its peer communities
*Bars of a lighter color indicate no statistical difference compared to Forsyth County.
Introduction     Demographics      Poverty Overview      Income Insufficiency      
Concentrated Poverty     Employment      Income      Education      Immigration      Family Structure