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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.

People

Total Population5,713
Male Share of the Population49.9%
Female Share of the Population50.1%
Senior Citizens14.1%
Employed Population 16+2,002
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married42.6%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher13.9%
Median Earnings25+$26,010
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$17,479
Median Earnings With High School Degree$35,278

Wealth

Median Family Income$41,607
% Above Poverty Level72.2%
% Below Poverty Level27.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.7%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone35.6%
Median Gross Rent$618
Median House Value$77,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)71.2%
US/American0%
English3.4%
Irish4.7%

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

Forest Almanac

CategoryValue
Nearest Medium City 41 miles E of Jackson, Mississippi (center to center)
Nearest Large City170 miles N of New Orleans, Louisiana
CountyScott
Standard Zip Codes39074
Phone Area Codes601
Time ZoneCentral (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude32.364
Longitude-89.474

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
Lake435$39,773
Lena200$63,125
Montrose108$51,250
Morton3,456$30,688
Sebastopol314$69,250
Walnut Grove913$28,182

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

Forest Hospitals

S E LACKEY CAH AND SWING-BED
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
330 N BROAD STREET
(601) 469-4154
Emergency Service: Yes

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Forest High Schools

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SCOTT CENTRAL ATTENDANCE CENTER
2415 OLD JACKSON ROAD
601-469-4883
A Title I School.
Serves 988 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.1

FOREST HIGH SCHOOL
511 CLEVELAND STREET
601-469-3255
Serves 403 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.4

FOREST SCOTT CO VOC TECH CENTER
521 CLEVELAND STREET
601-469-2913
A Vocational School

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