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Forest, Virginia - Basic Facts

The Forest Census Designated Place had a population of 9,945 as of July 1, 2015.

The primary coordinate point for Forest is located at latitude 37.3749 and longitude -79.2771 in Bedford County. The formal boundaries for the Forest Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 13.74 sq. miles and a water area of 0.12 sq. miles. Bedford County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 883 feet.

The Forest Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2389095) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

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, 2015.

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Forest, VA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2015)


Total Population 9,945
Population in Households 9,933
Population in Familes 8,358
Population in Group Qrtrs 12
Population Density1 724
Diversity Index2 30


Total Households 4,059
Average Household Size 2.45
Family Households 2,806
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 4,324 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,126 (72.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 933 (21.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 265 ( 6.1%)
Median Home Value $231,675
Average Home Value $268,872


Median Household Income $59,135
Average Household Income $77,398
Per Capita Income $31,860
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.69% 1.33%
Households 1.78% 1.39%
Families 1.57% 1.32%
Median Household Income   3.46%
Per Capita Income   2.57%
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.

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Forest, VA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Forest to the other 591 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2015 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 # 118 80th
Population Density1 # 306 48th
Diversity Index2 # 393 34th
Median Household Income # 213 64th
Per Capita Income # 179 70th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Virginia Census Data Comparison Tool.