Forsyth County Poverty Study

Poverty is defined as the state of one who lacks a usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions (1).  When poverty is measured, it is often defined by federal poverty thresholds based on family size; anyone living with income below this threshold is considered to be in poverty.  Living below this poverty threshold has been linked to a wide range of detrimental conditions such as malnutrition, home violence, depression, poor physical and mental health, and poor quality of life (2-4).

Important Links

Data 101
Data Glossary
About this Study
Executive Summary
Key Findings

Risk Factors of Poverty in Forsyth County

Poverty Overview
Concentrated Poverty
Income Insufficiency
Family Type

Risk Factors of Poverty: Examined Through Demographic Lenses

The demographic lens sections of the Forsyth County Poverty Study are in-depth explorations of the study’s cumulative analyses, each from a unique demographic perspective. These sections provide insight into the disparate exposure to poverty and risk factors of poverty experienced by different groups of people in Forsyth County. Sections that are grayed out below are yet to be published and are coming out soon.
Age Demographic Lens
Gender Demographic Lens
Location Demographic Lens
Race/Ethnicity Demographic Lens

Alternative Versions

Forsyth Futures has prepared several summary versions of the Forsyth County Poverty Study, which can be found in the links to the right.


Forsyth Futures would like to thank the organizations who contributed substantially to the funding of this data and research project, including the Kate B. Reynold’s Charitable Trust, The Winston-Salem Foundation, Wake Forest Baptist Health, and Novant Health as well as those community organizations who supported our data collection and analysis efforts.
  1. Poverty. 2017. In Retrieved July 6, 2017, from
  2. Brooks-Gunn, J., & Duncan, G. (1997). The effects of poverty on children. The Futures of Children. Retrieved from 
  3. Gupta, R. P.S., de Wit, M. L., & McKeown, D. (2007). The impact of poverty on the current and future health status of children. Paediatrics & Child Health12(8), 667–672.
  4. Yoshikawa, H., Aber, J. L., & Beardslee, W. R. (2012). The effects of poverty on the mental, emotional, and behavioral health of children and youth: Implications for prevention. American Psychologist,67(4), 272-284. doi:10.1037/a0028015