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Forest, Mississippi


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Forest, Mississippi

Introduction to Forest, Mississippi

Forest, Mississippi, in Scott county, is 41 miles E of Jackson, Mississippi and 170 miles N of New Orleans, Louisiana. There are 5,987 residents in the city.

Forest History

Forest was granted its first charter in 1860. Governor Theodore G. Bilbo reincorporated the Town of Forrest as the City of Forest in 1930. It is in Scott County, which was founded in 1833. This county was named after Abram M. Scott, who was the Governor of Mississippi from 1832 to 1833.

Forest and nearby Attractions

  • Village Square Shopping Center
  • Bienville Pines Scenic Area
  • Cherry Hill Golf Course
  • Roosevelt State Park

Things To Do In Forest

Shopping is a great activity at the Village Square Shopping Center. Tourists and residents love to spend time at the Gaddis Park and the Roosevelt State Park. The Bienville Pines Scenic Area is also popular among residents and tourists. Golfers can enjoy a round at the Cherry Hill Golf Course. The city hosts the Wing Dang Doodle event every September.

Forest Transportation

Jackson International Airport offers air transportation opportunities.

Forest Higher Education

Institutes offering higher education to the residents include Meridian Community College, Jackson State University, Holmes Community College and Jones County Junior College.

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High Points

Forest strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Mississippi):

Category Trophy
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. State)
Top 3% trophy Forest Walking and Biking to Work
Racial Diversity
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Forest Racial Diversity
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Forest Affordability of Property Taxes
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Forest Affordability of Rents
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Forest Short Commute Times

Comparative Profile of Forest, Mississippi

Comparing Forest to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Mississippi (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).


The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Racial Diversity 10 10
Children Under 5 Years Old 9 7
Male Share of the Population 7 9
Senior Citizens 5 5
Female Share of the Population 4 2
Age of the Population 2 4
Well-Paid Single Men 1 6

Families

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Average Household Size 9 8
Portion of People Married 2 6

Wealth

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
College Educated Adults 3 5
People Above Poverty 1 7
Median Family Income 1 5
People in Middle Class or Better 1 5

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 9 10
Short Commute Times 9 9
Public Transportation Use 4 6
Working at Home 1 3

Housing

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Affordability of Rents 10 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 10 5
Housing Recently Built 8 8
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 5 7
People Living Alone 5 3
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 1

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Forest Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 41 miles E of Jackson, Mississippi (center to center)
Nearest Large City 170 miles N of New Orleans, Louisiana
County Scott
Standard Zip Codes 39074
Phone Area Codes 601
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.364
Longitude -89.474

Forest 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 FOREST 3 S
Distance 3.3 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 57 F
Apr Temp 50 to 77 F
Jul Temp 69 to 91 F
Oct Temp 51 to 78 F
Annual Precip 61.9 inches
Station NEWTON EXP STN
Distance 22.9 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 55 F
Apr Temp 49 to 75 F
Jul Temp 69 to 92 F
Oct Temp 49 to 77 F
Annual Precip 57.5 inches
Station PHILADELPHIA 1 WSW
Distance 34.2 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 55 F
Apr Temp 51 to 75 F
Jul Temp 70 to 91 F
Oct Temp 50 to 77 F
Annual Precip 58.7 inches
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Forest Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,987 100%
Male 2,913 48.7%
Female 3,074 51.3%
Under 18 1,752 29.3%
18+ 4,235 70.7%
65+ 777 13%
Median Age 32.5
Average Family Size 3.25
White 2,416 40.4%
African-American 3,046 50.9%
Asian 32 0.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 24 0.4%
Other 350 5.8%
Mixed Race 115 1.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 761 12.7%

Estimated Forest Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 6,029
Growth 42
Growth % 0.7%

Forest Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 74%
US/American 10%
Irish 3.5%
Scotch-Irish 2.3%
German 2.2%
English 2.2%
French (except Basque) 1.1%
Italian 0.7%
Scottish 0.7%
British 0.5%
Welsh 0.5%
African 0.5%
Dutch 0.4%
Polish 0.4%
Hungarian 0.3%
French Canadian 0.3%
European 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Forest 5,987 $29,767
Lake 408 $40,833
Lena 167 $45,313
Montrose 127 $36,667
Morton 3,482 $31,161
Sebastopol 233 $47,500
Walnut Grove 488 $27,981

Forest Hospitals

S E LACKEY CAH AND SWING-BED
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
330 N BROAD STREET
(601) 469-4154
Emergency Service: Yes

Wal-mart in Forest

(As of 2006)
921 Hwy 35 South
(601) 469-2122
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Forest High Schools (2004)


(Sorted by Number of Students)

SCOTT CENTRAL ATTENDANCE CENTER
2415 OLD JACKSON ROAD
601-469-4883
A Title I School.
Serves 988 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.1

FOREST HIGH SCHOOL
511 CLEVELAND STREET
601-469-3255
Serves 403 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.4

FOREST SCOTT CO VOC TECH CENTER
521 CLEVELAND STREET
601-469-2913
A Vocational School

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8. West Memphis, Arkansas 85.4   25% 10.5% 11.5% 21 $32,465 8.5% 57.8% 27,666 28.3% 51.7 0.3% 12.1
9. Mount Pleasant, Texas 85.3   26.7% 13.6% 13% 16 $32,331 9.5% 43.3% 13,935 22.8% 49.9 0.3% 5.5
10. West Helena, Arkansas 84.1   27.7% 12.3% 12% 19 $25,014 10.1% 67.2% 8,689 35.4% 48.9 0.3% 7.1
11. Osceola, Arkansas 84   24.6% 11.1% 10.6% 14 $26,588 9.5% 52.6% 8,875 29.5% 45.1 0.3% 11.4
12. Terrell, Texas 84   25% 13% 12.9% 23 $40,148 7.8% 44.6% 13,606 19.7% 93.4 0.3% 6.4
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14. Lexington, North Carolina 83.5   29.1% 15.3% 14% 20 $32,339 7.3% 41.2% 19,953 21.2% 61.5 0.2% 7.8
15. Maxton, North Carolina 82.9   26.6% 12.9% 11.9% 22 $30,039 7.8% 74.5% 2,551 28.5% 78.8 0.3% 9.4
16. Junction City, Kansas 82.7   26.1% 11.1% 15.8% 17 $35,093 8.7% 41.6% 18,886 14% 55.8 0.3% 8.8
17. Fowler, California 82.5   20.1% 11.9% 10.5% 20 $37,979 8% 50.9% 3,979 21.5% 54.5 0.1% 6
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24. Dyersburg, Tennessee 81.1   30.9% 15% 15% 16 $34,754 7.3% 24.3% 17,452 20.5% 74.4 0.2% 10.6
25. Westlake, Louisiana 81   24.3% 13.9% 8.7% 18 $39,057 7.4% 19.7% 4,668 17.4% 58.3 0.2% 5.8
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