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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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population19,156
Male Share of the Population50.9%
Female Share of the Population49.1%
Senior Citizens9.2%
Employed Population 16+7,662
Age of the Population32

Families

% of people married33.4%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher9.2%
Median Earnings25+$22,534
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,324
Median Earnings With High School Degree$21,346

Wealth

Median Family Income$36,665
% Above Poverty Level65.5%
% Below Poverty Level34.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time30 minutes
% Working from Home2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.8%
% Using Public Transportation3.2%

Housing

People Living Alone29.1%
Median Gross Rent$823
Median House Value$55,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)73.7%
Irish2.3%
English1.8%
West Indian1.6%
African1.3%
German1.2%
Jamaican0.7%
French Except Basque0.6%
Guyanese0.4%
Trinidad Tobago0.4%
Italian0.4%
Czech0.3%
Dutch0.3%
Haitian0.2%
Iranian0.2%
Hungarian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Polish0.1%
Russian0.1%
Swedish0.1%
Welsh0.1%
Scottish0.1%
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Forest Park Almanac

CategoryValue
County Clayton County
Standard Zip Codes30297
P.O. Box Zip Codes30298
Phone Area Codes404
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude33.61
Approximate Longitude-84.35

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)

StationATLANTA HARTSFIELD AP
Distance3.8 miles
Jan Temp34 to 52 F
Apr Temp50 to 73 F
Jul Temp71 to 89 F
Oct Temp53 to 73 F
Annual Precip50.2 inches
StationEXPERIMENT
Distance25.1 miles
Jan Temp32 to 53 F
Apr Temp48 to 73 F
Jul Temp68 to 90 F
Oct Temp49 to 75 F
Annual Precip50.8 inches
StationNEWNAN 4 NE
Distance26.7 miles
Jan Temp31 to 52 F
Apr Temp47 to 73 F
Jul Temp68 to 89 F
Oct Temp49 to 73 F
Annual Precip52.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
College Park14,434$31,490
East Point35,477$40,789
Hapeville6,658$52,773
Lake City2,712$44,420
Morrow7,069$61,750
Riverdale15,812$42,849

Forest Park Public Schools

Babb Middle School
5500 Reynolds Rd
ZIP: 30297
(404) 362-3880
Middle
Total Enrollment 831
Edmonds Elementary School
4495 Simpson Rd
ZIP: 30297
(404) 362-3830
Primary
Total Enrollment 584
Forest Park High School
5452 Phillips Dr
ZIP: 30297
(404) 362-3890
High
Total Enrollment 1874
Forest Park Middle School
930 Finley Dr
ZIP: 30297
(404) 362-3840
Middle
Total Enrollment 646
Fountain Elementary School
5215 West St
ZIP: 30297
(404) 362-3875
Primary
Total Enrollment 668
Huie Elementary School
1260 Rockcut Rd
ZIP: 30297
(404) 362-3825
Primary
Total Enrollment 760
Unidos Dual Language Charter School
4475 Hendrix Dr
ZIP: 30297
(404) 361-3494
Primary
Total Enrollment 760

Forest Park Private Schools

Ash Street Baptist Learning Center
5370 Ash St
ZIP: 30297
Elementary
Total Enrollment 16
Atlanta Adventist International School
5241 Ash St
ZIP: 30297
Elementary
Total Enrollment 45
Forest Park Street School
260 Forest Pkwy
ZIP: 30297
Secondary
Total Enrollment 35
Rising Son Academy
5880 Old Dixie Hwy
ZIP: 30297
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
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