Introduction to Forrest City, Arkansas

Forrest City, Arkansas, in St Francis county, is 43 miles W of Memphis, Tennessee. As of the year 2000 census, 14,774 people lived in Forrest City.

Forrest City History

Forrest City is named in honor of Nathan Bedford Forrest, the Confederate general who built a commissary in the area to serve train passengers. The first railroad entered the area in 1868. Initially, it was known as Forrest town. Later on May 11, 1870, the area was incorporated as Forrest City. In 1874, it became the county seat of St. Francis County, which was established on October 13, 1827.

Forrest City and nearby Attractions

  • Village Creek State Park
  • Saint Francis County Museum
  • Crowley's Ridge Parkway
  • Marianna Lee County Museum
  • Parkin Archeological State Park

Things To Do In Forrest City

Some of the local parks of Forrest City are Beech Grove Park, Stuart Springs Park, Sycamore Street Park, Lincoln Park, and Northside Park. You can also visit Village Creek State Park. The Saint Francis County Museum and Marianna Lee County Museum are also worth visiting. Shopping can be enjoyed at the Valli Vista Shopping Center. The city also has many churches such as the First Baptist Church of Forrest City, Summerfield Church, and Church of God of Forrest City.

Forrest City Transportation

International air transportation is available from Memphis International Airport.

Forrest City Higher Education

East Arkansas Community College and Crowleys Ridge Technical Institute are located within the city.


Total Population 14,999
Male Share of the Population 58.8%
Female Share of the Population 41.2%
Senior Citizens 9.7%
Employed Population 16+ 4,159
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 27%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 10.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $36,039
% Above Poverty Level 72.3%
% Below Poverty Level 27.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 34%
Median Gross Rent $566
Median House Value $70,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 68.7%
US/American 0%
English 1.9%
Irish 2.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Forrest City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 43 miles W of Memphis, Tennessee
County St Francis
Standard Zip Codes 72335
P.O. Box Zip Codes 72336
Phone Area Codes 870
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.008
Longitude -90.789

Forrest City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station WYNNE
Distance 16.7 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 45 F
Apr Temp 48 to 70 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 49 to 74 F
Annual Precip 48.3 inches
Station TUNICA 2
Distance 32.2 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 48 F
Apr Temp 51 to 72 F
Jul Temp 72 to 92 F
Oct Temp 51 to 75 F
Annual Precip 54.1 inches
Distance 35 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 45 F
Apr Temp 50 to 71 F
Jul Temp 72 to 91 F
Oct Temp 50 to 73 F
Annual Precip 48.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Caldwell 508 $39,028
Colt 433 $31,250
Haynes 188 $40,000
Madison 1,004 $34,896
Palestine 688 $36,146
Widener 325 $35,625

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Forrest City Public Libraries

Forrest City Public Library
Forrest City, Arkansas
(870) 633-5646

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Forrest City Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(870) 261-0000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Forrest City High Schools

A Title I School.
Serves 756 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.3

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