Community Profile: Forsyth, Missouri
By Cole Currier
Forsyth is the county seat of Taney County and home to the area’s new judicial center and county leadership. Incorporated in 1890, Forsyth has a small-town feel, but when you’re looking for the amenities of a larger town, you’re still very close to Branson (30 minutes), Hollister (30 minutes), and Springfield (50 minutes).

Living in Forsyth
Many who call Forsyth home enjoy the slower-paced small town atmosphere. One of the biggest highlights of being in Forsyth is the close proximity to incredible fishing and activities on two great lakes – Lake Taneycomo and Bull Shoals. For folks seeking a rural Ozarks setting, the surrounding areas of Taneyville, Kissee Mills and Bradleyville offer a number of properties with acreage. Residents of Forsyth enjoy the convenience of grocery stores, drug stores, physicians, hardware stores, and small retail stores right in town, while major retail shopping districts are just about 30 minutes away in Branson. Residents seeking a home between Branson and Forsyth could consider the communities of Rockaway Beach, Merriam Woods, or Kirbyville.

Forsyth is home of the Panthers of the Forsyth School District. You can review Forsyth’s school ratings here. Other schools in the areas surrounding Forsyth are Kirbyville (K-8), Bradleyville (K-12), and Taneyville (K-8).

In addition, there are excellent post-secondary education opportunities in the area. College of the Ozarks (30 minutes away in Hollister) is a unique institution which is nationally recognized for their unique model where students do not pay tuition. Ozarks Technical Community College also offers programs at their brand new Hollister campus (30 minutes away). In addition, Missouri State University, my alma mater, is located just a short drive away – about 45 minutes north to Springfield.

(source: Wikipedia):

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,686 people, 788 households, and 487 families residing in the city. The population density was 824.9 people per square mile (319.1/km²). There were 918 housing units at an average density of 449.2 per square mile (173.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.58% White, 0.06% African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.42% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.01% of the population.

There were 788 households out of which 18.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.7% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.1% were non-families. 34.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.04 and the average family size was 2.59.

In the city the population was spread out with 16.9% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 20.6% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 33.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 53 years. For every 100 females there were 84.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,801, and the median income for a family was $39,625. Males had a median income of $30,882 versus $19,183 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,436. About 5.4% of families and 9.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.3% of those under age 18 and 8.1% of those age 65 or over.

Residents of Forsyth enjoy convenient access to full-service grocery stores, drug stores, and small retail shops right in town. Major retail outlets such as Wal-Mart, Target, and department stores, can be found 30 minutes away in Branson or 45 minutes away in Springfield.

My Favorite Forsyth “Hot Spots“:
Not far from Forsyth is the little resort town of Rockaway Beach. Rockaway was the original Ozarks vacation getaway before Table Rock Dam was built. Not many tourists visit here today, but one hot spot remains… The Pizza Cellar. It’s not really a “hole-in-the-wall” as much as it is a “hole-in-the-ground!”. Awesome pizza! It’s an Ozarks classic!

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