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Overview

Introduction to Forest City, North Carolina

Forest City, North Carolina, in Rutherford county, is 38 miles W of Gastonia, North Carolina (center to center) and 58 miles W of Charlotte, North Carolina. There are 7,549 residents in the town.

Forest City History

Forest City was originally a crossroads on the Spartanburg - Lincolnton and Shelby - Rutherfordton Roads. In 1877, it was incorporated as "Burnt Chimney" and was renamed "Forest City" in 1887. It was named after Forest Davis, a prominent citizen and lumber dealer. Railroads entered the town in the 1890s, and Forest City became a flourishing community by 1910.

Forest City and Nearby Attractions

  • Maimy Etta Black Fine Arts Museum
  • Bottomless Pools and Waterfalls
  • Cowpens National Battlefield
  • Rutherford County Farm Museum
  • Beach at Lake Lure
  • South Mountains State Park

Things To Do In Forest City

Popular shopping malls in Forest City include the Horne Shopping Center, Ingles Shopping Center, and Tri-City Mall. Opportunities to play golf are available at the Forest City Municipal Golf Course. Cowpens National Battlefield, Hickory Museum of Art, Catawba Science Center, and Rutherford County Farm Museum have various artifacts and memorabilia of historical importance. The South Mountains State Park offers opportunities for fishing, camping, and boating, as well as picnic areas.

Forest City Transportation

Air transportation is available from Greenville - Spartanburg International Airport.

Forest City Higher Education

Gardner - Webb University, University of South Carolina at Spartanburg, and Spartanburg Technical College are some of the nearby colleges.

People

Total Population
Male Share of the Population
Female Share of the Population
Senior Citizens
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population

Families

% of people married
Average household size

Education and Earnings

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

Wealth

Median Family Income
% Above Poverty Level
% Below Poverty Level

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time
% Working from Home
% Walking and Biking to Work
% Using Public Transportation

Housing

People Living Alone
Median Gross Rent
Median House Value

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)
US/American
English
Irish

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

Forest City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 38 miles W of Gastonia, North Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 58 miles W of Charlotte, North Carolina
County Rutherford
Standard Zip Codes 28043
Phone Area Codes 828
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.333
Longitude -81.865

Forest City 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 CITY 6 SW
Distance 6 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 50 F
Apr Temp 42 to 71 F
Jul Temp 64 to 89 F
Oct Temp 44 to 72 F
Annual Precip 51.5 inches
Station SIMMS WATER PLANT
Distance 16.1 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 52 F
Apr Temp 43 to 74 F
Jul Temp 65 to 91 F
Oct Temp 45 to 74 F
Annual Precip 51.6 inches
Station TRYON
Distance 22.8 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 52 F
Apr Temp 46 to 74 F
Jul Temp 67 to 89 F
Oct Temp 48 to 73 F
Annual Precip 65.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Alexander Mills (28043)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bostic 360 $32,500
Ellenboro 1,250 $28,813
Mooresboro 486 $47,216
Ruth 439 $44,219
Rutherfordton 4,193 $48,294
Spindale 4,279 $43,803

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

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Forest City High Schools

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EAST RUTHERFORD HIGH
CAVALIER DR
828-245-6424
Serves 911 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13

CHASE HIGH
1603 CHASE HIGH ROAD
828-245-7668
Serves 835 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.2

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