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Forest City, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Forest City had a population of 4,025 as of July 1, 2016. Forest City ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Iowa. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Forest City is located at latitude 43.257 and longitude -93.6364 in Winnebago County. The formal boundaries for the City of Forest City (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.64 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Winnebago County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,260 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Forest City are located in Winnebago County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Hancock County.

The City of Forest City (GNIS ID: 2394787) 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 City is located within Township of Forest, a minor civil division (MCD) of Winnebago 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, 2016.

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


Total Population 4,025
Population in Households 3,706
Population in Familes 2,828
Population in Group Qrtrs 319
Population Density1 867
Diversity Index2 19


Total Households 1,680
Average Household Size 2.21
Family Households 1,011
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,919 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,159 (60.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 521 (27.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 239 (12.5%)
Median Home Value $109,100
Average Home Value $145,255


Median Household Income $49,689
Average Household Income $60,486
Per Capita Income $25,670
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.49% -0.05%
Households -0.06% 0.04%
Families 0.05% -0.08%
Median Household Income   2.03%
Per Capita Income   2.01%
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 City, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Forest City to the other 1,009 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Iowa 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 # 99 90th
Population Density1 # 381 62nd
Diversity Index2 # 161 84th
Median Household Income # 629 38th
Per Capita Income # 621 39th

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