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Forest City, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Forest City had a population of 4,109 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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


Total Population 4,109
Daytime Population: Workers 4,192
Daytime Population: Residents 1,940
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 6,132
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.49
Population in Households 3,767
Population in Familes 2,866
Population in Group Qrtrs 342
Population Density2 885
Diversity Index3 22


Median Household Income $52,501
Average Household Income $63,571
Per Capita Income $26,811


Total Housing Units 1,923 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,175 (61.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 526 (27.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 221 (11.5%)
Median Home Value $110,918
Average Home Value $147,170


Total Households 1,702
Average Household Size 2.21
Family Households 1,020
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 -0.14% 0.09%
Households 0.13% 0.14%
Families 0.16% 0.02%
Median Household Income   1.71%
Per Capita Income   2.22%

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, 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 # 99 90th
Population Density # 370 63rd
Diversity Index # 132 87th
Median Household Income # 583 42nd
Per Capita Income # 555 45th

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