Kernersville is a town in Forsyth County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. The population was 17,126 at the 2000 census. In 2007 the U.S. Census estimated the town's population at 22,309. Kernersville is located at the heart of the Piedmont Triad metropolitan area, which consists of the cities of Greensboro, High Point, and Winston-Salem. Some of the rural farmland surrounding the town has been sold and turned into large middle-to-upper-class housing developments, and numerous large shopping centers have been built in the town over the past few years. Flue-cured tobacco was the major crop grown in the area and is still grown in some areas today. While Kernersville went through a growth spurt in the early part of this decade it has leveled off and farms are doing well for the most part in an attempt to revitalize the agriculture community.
Kernersville is located at 36°6′58″N 80°4′55″W / 36.11611°N 80.08194°W / 36.11611; -80.08194 (36.116240, -80.081963).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 12.2 square miles (31.5 km²), of which 12.1 square miles (31.3 km²) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) (0.58%) is water.