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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 Population 5,713
Male Share of the Population 49.9%
Female Share of the Population 50.1%
Senior Citizens 14.1%
Employed Population 16+ 2,002
Age of the Population 36

Families

% of people married 42.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 13.9%
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 Level 72.2%
% Below Poverty Level 27.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home %
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.7%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 35.6%
Median Gross Rent $618
Median House Value $77,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 71.2%
US/American 0%
English 3.4%
Irish 4.7%

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

Forest Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 41 miles E of Jackson, Mississippi (center to center)
Nearest Large City 170 miles N of New Orleans, Louisiana
County Scott
Standard Zip Codes 39074
Phone Area Codes 601
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.364
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)

Station FOREST 3 S
Distance 3.3 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 57 F
Apr Temp 50 to 77 F
Jul Temp 69 to 91 F
Oct Temp 51 to 78 F
Annual Precip 61.9 inches
Station NEWTON EXP STN
Distance 22.9 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 55 F
Apr Temp 49 to 75 F
Jul Temp 69 to 92 F
Oct Temp 49 to 77 F
Annual Precip 57.5 inches
Station PHILADELPHIA 1 WSW
Distance 34.2 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 55 F
Apr Temp 51 to 75 F
Jul Temp 70 to 91 F
Oct Temp 50 to 77 F
Annual Precip 58.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Lake 435 $39,773
Lena 200 $63,125
Montrose 108 $51,250
Morton 3,456 $30,688
Sebastopol 314 $69,250
Walnut Grove 913 $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

(Sorted by Number of Students)

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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