Forsyth rated a top county economically in NC

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A key measuring stick again lists Forsyth County among the top counties economically in North Carolina, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

Since 2006, state law has required the N.C. Commerce Department to annually rank the economic health of all 100 counties. The rankings are based primarily on an assessment of each county’s unemployment rate, median household income, population growth and assessed property valuation per capita.

The law calls for ranking the 40 most distressed counties as Tier 1, the next 40 counties as Tier 2 and the 20 most prosperous counties as Tier 3.

Forsyth County has been a Tier 3 county in each year of the economic survey, the Commerce Department announced this week.

Guilford is ranked as a Tier 2 county for 2015, the second time at that status in the past three years.

Commerce officials said the Guilford tier downgrade was caused mainly by…

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