Overview

Introduction to Forrest City, Arkansas

Forrest City, Arkansas, in St Francis county, is 43 miles W of Memphis, Tennessee.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population14,475
Male Share of the Population58.9%
Female Share of the Population41.1%
Senior Citizens10.5%
Employed Population 16+4,075
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married26.9%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher7.9%
Median Earnings25+$22,829
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$16,121
Median Earnings With High School Degree$21,250

Wealth

Median Family Income$35,694
% Above Poverty Level68.6%
% Below Poverty Level31.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time16 minutes
% Working from Home3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.6%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone33.3%
Median Gross Rent$607
Median House Value$63,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)74%
Irish3%
German2.8%
African1.9%
English1.7%
French Except Basque0.8%
Arab0.4%
Italian0.3%
Scottish0.3%
Moroccan0.3%
Swedish0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Finnish0.1%
Iraqi0.1%
Jordanian0.1%
Dutch0.1%
Norwegian0.1%
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Forrest City Almanac

CategoryValue
County St Francis County
Standard Zip Codes72335
P.O. Box Zip Codes72336
Phone Area Codes870
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude35.01
Approximate Longitude-90.78

Forrest 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)

StationWYNNE
Distance16.7 miles
Jan Temp27 to 45 F
Apr Temp48 to 70 F
Jul Temp71 to 91 F
Oct Temp49 to 74 F
Annual Precip48.3 inches
StationTUNICA 2
Distance32.2 miles
Jan Temp31 to 48 F
Apr Temp51 to 72 F
Jul Temp72 to 92 F
Oct Temp51 to 75 F
Annual Precip54.1 inches
StationBEEDEVILLE 4 NE
Distance35 miles
Jan Temp29 to 45 F
Apr Temp50 to 71 F
Jul Temp72 to 91 F
Oct Temp50 to 73 F
Annual Precip48.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Caldwell408$30,625
Colt401$68,365
Haynes153$0
Madison929$33,393
Palestine739$53,047
Widener298$38,750

Forrest City Public Libraries

Forrest City Public Library
421 SOUTH WASHINGTON STREET
Forrest City, Arkansas
(870) 633-5646

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Forrest City Hospitals

Forrest City Medical Center
(Proprietary)
1601 Newcastle Road
(870) 261-0000

Forrest City Public Schools

Central Elementary School
801 Deaderick Rd
ZIP: 72335
Primary
Total Enrollment 970
Forrest City High School
467 Victoria St
ZIP: 72335
High
Total Enrollment 820
Forrest City Jr. High
1133 N Division St
ZIP: 72335
Middle
Total Enrollment 418
Lincoln Academy Of Excellence
616 W Broadway Ave
ZIP: 72335
Middle
Total Enrollment 374
Stewart Elementary School
625 Irving St
ZIP: 72335
Primary
Total Enrollment 364

Forrest City Private Schools

Calvary Christian School
1611 N Washington St
ZIP: 72335
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 139
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