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Overview

Introduction to Forest, Mississippi

Forest, Mississippi, in Scott county, is 41 miles E of Jackson, Mississippi and 170 miles N of New Orleans, Louisiana.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population5,679
Male Share of the Population52%
Female Share of the Population48%
Senior Citizens13.3%
Employed Population 16+2,097
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married35.9%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher12.3%
Median Earnings25+$23,237
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$17,674
Median Earnings With High School Degree$21,895

Wealth

Median Family Income$37,225
% Above Poverty Level66%
% Below Poverty Level34%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time23 minutes
% Working from Home%
% Walking and Biking to Work2%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone35.4%
Median Gross Rent$654
Median House Value$70,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)75%
Irish4.1%
English2.5%
Italian1.5%
German0.9%
Scottish0.2%
Dutch0.1%
French Except Basque0.1%
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Forest Almanac

CategoryValue
County Scott County
Standard Zip Codes39074, 39074
Phone Area Codes6,01,769
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude32.35
Approximate Longitude-89.47

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)

StationFOREST 3 S
Distance3.3 miles
Jan Temp34 to 57 F
Apr Temp50 to 77 F
Jul Temp69 to 91 F
Oct Temp51 to 78 F
Annual Precip61.9 inches
StationNEWTON EXP STN
Distance22.9 miles
Jan Temp33 to 55 F
Apr Temp49 to 75 F
Jul Temp69 to 92 F
Oct Temp49 to 77 F
Annual Precip57.5 inches
StationPHILADELPHIA 1 WSW
Distance34.2 miles
Jan Temp34 to 55 F
Apr Temp51 to 75 F
Jul Temp70 to 91 F
Oct Temp50 to 77 F
Annual Precip58.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Lake477$46,250
Lena176$84,500
Montrose216$81,250
Morton3,429$34,257
Sebastopol383$80,114
Walnut Grove779$28,409

Forest Hospitals

S. E. Lackey Critical Access Hospital & Swingbed
(Non-profit)
330 North Broad Street
(601) 469-4151

Forest Public Schools

Forest Elementary School
513 Cleveland Street
ZIP: 39074
(601) 469-3073
Primary
Total Enrollment 845
Forest High School
511 Cleveland Street
ZIP: 39074
(601) 469-3255
High
Total Enrollment 414
Forest Scott Co Voc Tech Center
521 Cleveland Street
ZIP: 39074
(601) 469-2913
High
Hawkins Middle School
803 Oak Street
ZIP: 39074
(601) 469-1474
Middle
Total Enrollment 467
Scott Central Attendance Center
2415 Old Jackson Road
ZIP: 39074
(601) 469-4883
Other
Total Enrollment 984
Sources :
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