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Forest, Virginia - Basic Facts

The Forest Census Designated Place had a population of 10,603 as of July 1, 2017.

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, 2017.

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


Total Population 10,603
Daytime Population: Workers 6,226
Daytime Population: Residents 5,320
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 11,546
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.09
Population in Households 10,592
Population in Familes 8,895
Population in Group Qrtrs 11
Population Density2 772
Diversity Index3 30


Median Household Income $62,941
Average Household Income $79,483
Per Capita Income $32,396


Total Housing Units 4,614 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,283 (71.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 998 (21.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 333 ( 7.2%)
Median Home Value $221,673
Average Home Value $248,927


Total Households 4,281
Average Household Size 2.47
Family Households 2,954
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 2.12% 1.72%
Households 2.04% 1.68%
Families 1.85% 1.59%
Median Household Income   1.94%
Per Capita Income   2.47%

Forest, VA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Forest to the other 593 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Virginia 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 # 116 81st
Population Density # 291 51st
Diversity Index # 405 32nd
Median Household Income # 197 67th
Per Capita Income # 173 71st

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