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Forrest City, Arkansas - Basic Facts

The City of Forrest City had a population of 14,351 as of July 1, 2020. Forrest City ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Arkansas. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Forrest City is located at latitude 35.0081 and longitude -90.7898 in St. Francis County. The formal boundaries for the City of Forrest City encompass a land area of 16.29 sq. miles and a water area of 0.06 sq. miles. St. Francis County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 256 feet.

The City of Forrest City (GNIS ID: 2403637) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Forrest City is located within Township of Madison, a minor civil division (MCD) of St. Francis County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Forrest City: Forest City, Forrest.


Forrest City, AR Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 14,351 (100%)
Population in Households 10,936 (76.2%)
Population in Families 8,876 (61.8%)
Population in Group Quarters1 3,415 (23.8%)
Population Density 709
Diversity Index2 58


Median Household Income $33,530
Average Household Income $44,047
% of Income for Mortgage4 10%
Per Capita Income $15,438
Wealth Index5 33


Total HU (Housing Units) 4,976 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,033 (40.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,247 (45.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 696 (14.0%)
Median Home Value $77,328
Average Home Value $100,603
Housing Affordability Index3 258


Total Households 4,280
Average Household Size 2.56
Family Households 2,769
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population -0.65% -0.49%
Households -0.26% -0.61%
Families -0.46% -0.79%
Median Household Income   0.75%
Per Capita Income   1.27%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.67%


Forrest City, AR - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Forrest City to the other 540 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Arkansas by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 29 95th
Population Density # 146 73rd
Median Household Income # 438 19th
Housing Affordability Index # 311 58th
Per Capita Income # 517 4th
Diversity Index # 59 89th

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