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Overview

Introduction to Forest Park, Georgia

Forest Park, Georgia is 8 miles S of Atlanta, Georgia. It is in Clayton county. The city is part of the Atlanta metro area. The population of Forest Park is 21,447.

Forest Park History

Forest Park was officially incorporated in 1908. At that time, it was known as Forest Station. Most of the early settlers of the area were primarily farming families. The city was originally served by the Macon and Western Railroad. Fort Gillem, which was founded in 1941, was annexed into Forest Park in 1973. The city of Forest Park once served as a wood and water stop and gradually developed into one of the largest cities in Clayton County.

Forest Park and nearby Attractions

  • Atlanta State Farmer's Market
  • Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum
  • Zoo Atlanta Playspace
  • Georgia Aquarium
  • Stone Mountain Park
  • Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Things To Do In Forest Park

Forest Park offers a number of recreational activities both for its visitors and residents. The city includes more than 70 acres of scenic walking trails, along with several other parks and playgrounds. You can also visit the Fort Gillem and the Atlanta State Farmer's Market. You can enjoy shopping at Forest Plaza Shopping Center, Ash - Morrow Plaza Shopping Center, Giant City South Shopping Center, Forest Square Shopping Center, Theater Drive Shopping Center and Clayton Plaza Shopping Center.

Forest Park Transportation

The William B. Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport is nearby.

Forest Park Higher Education

Clayton College and State University and Atlanta Technical College are close to the city.

People

Total Population 18,953
Male Share of the Population 50.9%
Female Share of the Population 49.1%
Senior Citizens 8.8%
Employed Population 16+ 7,301
Age of the Population 32

Families

% of people married 31.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 8.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $37,035
% Above Poverty Level 65.9%
% Below Poverty Level 34.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.1%
% Using Public Transportation 1.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 27.8%
Median Gross Rent $814
Median House Value $54,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 75.3%
US/American 0%
English 1.8%
Irish 2.5%

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

Forest Park Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 8 miles S of Atlanta, Georgia
County Clayton
Metro Area Atlanta
Standard Zip Codes 30297
P.O. Box Zip Codes 30298
Phone Area Codes 404
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.621
Longitude -84.369

Forest Park Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station ATLANTA HARTSFIELD AP
Distance 3.8 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 52 F
Apr Temp 50 to 73 F
Jul Temp 71 to 89 F
Oct Temp 53 to 73 F
Annual Precip 50.2 inches
Station EXPERIMENT
Distance 25.1 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 53 F
Apr Temp 48 to 73 F
Jul Temp 68 to 90 F
Oct Temp 49 to 75 F
Annual Precip 50.8 inches
Station NEWNAN 4 NE
Distance 26.7 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 52 F
Apr Temp 47 to 73 F
Jul Temp 68 to 89 F
Oct Temp 49 to 73 F
Annual Precip 52.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Forest Park, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Forest (30298)

Fort Gillem (30297)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
College Park 14,026 $30,540
East Point 35,357 $38,546
Hapeville 6,649 $47,516
Lake City 2,650 $45,298
Morrow 6,982 $57,687
Riverdale 15,650 $41,288

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

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Forest Park High Schools

FOREST PARK HIGH SCHOOL
5452 PHILLIPS DRIVE
404-362-3890
Serves 1,567 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.6

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