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Forest City, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Forest City had a population of 4,135 as of July 1, 2018. 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 43.2625 and longitude -93.6372 in Winnebago County. The formal boundaries for the City of Forest City 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.

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Forest City, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 4,135
Population in Households 3,793
Population in Familes 2,856
Population in Group Qrtrs 342
Population Density2 891
Diversity Index3 23


Median Household Income $52,277
Average Household Income $64,246
Per Capita Income $27,155


Total Housing Units 1,928 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,239 (64.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 477 (24.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 212 (11.0%)
Median Home Value $112,545
Average Home Value $150,040


Total Households 1,716
Average Household Size 2.21
Family Households 1,025
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population -0.05% 0.14%
Households 0.21% 0.19%
Families 0.2% 0.06%
Median Household Income   0.47%
Per Capita Income   1.17%

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, 2018 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 Density # 369 64th
Diversity Index # 138 86th
Median Household Income # 647 36th
Per Capita Income # 649 36th

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