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The City of Forest had a population of 5,816 as of July 1, 2016. Forest ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Mississippi. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Forest is located at latitude 32.3598 and longitude -89.4759 in Scott County. The formal boundaries for the City of Forest (see map below) encompass a land area of 13.08 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Scott County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 472 feet.

The City of Forest (GNIS ID: 2403632) 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 Forest is located within Supervisor District 2, a minor civil division (MCD) of Scott County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Forest population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Forest, MS Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 5,816
Population in Households 5,734
Population in Familes 4,464
Population in Group Qrtrs 82
Population Density1 445
Diversity Index2 81


Total Households 1,996
Average Household Size 2.87
Family Households 1,326
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 2,190 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,110 (50.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 886 (40.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 194 ( 8.9%)
Median Home Value $86,478
Average Home Value $108,956


Median Household Income $34,387
Average Household Income $44,384
Per Capita Income $15,344
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.37% 0.48%
Households 0.23% 0.42%
Families 0.1% 0.26%
Median Household Income   1.42%
Per Capita Income   1.22%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race 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.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Forest, MS - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Forest to the other 362 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Mississippi by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 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 # 64 83rd
Population Density1 # 203 44th
Diversity Index2 # 2 100th
Median Household Income # 163 55th
Per Capita Income # 282 22nd

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