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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.

People

Total Population18,953
Male Share of the Population50.9%
Female Share of the Population49.1%
Senior Citizens8.8%
Employed Population 16+7,301
Age of the Population32

Families

% of people married31.8%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher8.7%
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 Level65.9%
% Below Poverty Level34.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time28 minutes
% Working from Home2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work5.1%
% Using Public Transportation1.5%

Housing

People Living Alone27.8%
Median Gross Rent$814
Median House Value$54,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)75.3%
US/American0%
English1.8%
Irish2.5%

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

Forest Park Almanac

CategoryValue
Nearest Large City8 miles S of Atlanta, Georgia
CountyClayton
Metro AreaAtlanta
Standard Zip Codes30297
P.O. Box Zip Codes30298
Phone Area Codes404
Time ZoneEastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude33.621
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)

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

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

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
College Park14,026$30,540
East Point35,357$38,546
Hapeville6,649$47,516
Lake City2,650$45,298
Morrow6,982$57,687
Riverdale15,650$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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