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Forest, Virginia - Basic Facts

The Forest Census Designated Place is a community or populated place (Class Code U5) located in Bedford County at latitude 37.3749 and longitude -79.2771. Bedford County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 883 feet.

The formal official name is the Forest Census Designated Place, but most people and references simply refer to it as Forest, Virginia.

The U5 Census Class Code for Forest indicates a populated place that is also a census designated place with the same name.. The Census Designated Place has a Functional Status Code "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

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.

Forest Census Designated Place, VA Boundary Map

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Forest, VA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)

POPULATION

Total Population 9,771
Population in Households 9,758
Population in Familes 8,204
Population in Group Qrtrs 13
Population Density1 711
Diversity Index2 30
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 3,988
Average Household Size 2.45
Family Households 2,762
Average Family Size 3

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 4,255 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,083 (72.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 905 (21.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 267 ( 6.3%)
Median Home Value $223,208
Average Home Value $260,104
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $58,935
Average Household Income $75,437
Per Capita Income $31,069
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)

GROWTH RATES

2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 1.67% 1.22%
Households 1.79% 1.28%
Families 1.56% 1.22%
Median Household Income   2.96%
Per Capita Income   2.18%
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, 2014 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 # 121 80th
Population Density1 # 309 48th
Diversity Index2 # 394 33rd
Median Household Income # 204 66th
Per Capita Income # 171 71st

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