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Forest City, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Forest City had a population of 7,246 as of July 1, 2017. Forest City ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Forest City is located at latitude 35.3347 and longitude -81.8708 in Rutherford County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Forest City (see map below) encompass a land area of 8.57 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Rutherford County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,014 feet.

The Town of Forest City (GNIS ID: 2406505) 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 Town of Forest City is located within Township of Cool Spring, a minor civil division (MCD) of Rutherford County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Forest City population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Forest City: Burnt Chimney.

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Forest City, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 7,246
Daytime Population: Workers 6,103
Daytime Population: Residents 4,901
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 11,004
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.52
Population in Households 7,152
Population in Familes 5,609
Population in Group Qrtrs 94
Population Density2 846
Diversity Index3 60


Median Household Income $29,410
Average Household Income $43,051
Per Capita Income $17,929


Total Housing Units 3,723 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,430 (38.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,598 (42.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 695 (18.7%)
Median Home Value $94,939
Average Home Value $124,108


Total Households 3,028
Average Household Size 2.36
Family Households 1,879
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.43% -0.39%
Households -0.64% -0.45%
Families -0.28% -0.55%
Median Household Income   1.48%
Per Capita Income   3.11%

Forest City, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Forest City to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 117 84th
Population Density # 280 62nd
Diversity Index # 183 76th
Median Household Income # 654 12th
Per Capita Income # 630 15th

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