Forest, Mississippi Population 2024

5,242

Forest is a city located in Scott County and Smith County Mississippi. Forest has a 2024 population of 5,242. It is also the county seat of Scott County. Forest is currently declining at a rate of -0.83% annually and its population has decreased by -3.25% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 5,418 in 2020.

The average household income in Forest is $55,426 with a poverty rate of 19.45%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Forest is 36.4 years, 31.8 years for males, and 39.5 years for females.

Forest Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Forest was:

  • White: 45.81%
  • Black or African American: 42.65%
  • Other race: 9.01%
  • Two or more races: 2.53%
  • Native American: 0%
  • Asian: 0%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0%
Land Area (mi²)
13.1 sq mi
Density (mi²)
400.80/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-3.25% (-176)
The current population of Forest, Mississippi is 5,242 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 5,418.

Forest, Mississippi Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White2,48145.81%
Black or African American2,31042.65%
Other race4889.01%
Two or more races1372.53%
Native American00%
Asian00%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander00%

White

Black or African American

Other race

Two or more races

Native American

Asian

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Forest Population by Race

Forest Population Pyramid 2024

Forest Median Age

36.4

Total

31.8

Male

39.5

Female

Forest Adults

There are 4,117 adults, (885 of whom are seniors) in Forest.

Forest Age Dependency

67.6

Age Dependency Ratio

27.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

40.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Forest Sex Ratio

Female2,51546.44%
Male2,90153.56%

Forest Population by Age

Forest Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All1,9892.6652.847.2
Married7883.7266.433.6
Non Family7781.0744.155.9
Female2863.1325.574.5
Male1374.6581.818.2

3.53

Average Family Size

2.66

Average Household Size

52.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Forest Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade59216.72%
9th to 12th Grade51114.44%
High School Graduate79922.57%
Some College1,04329.46%
Associates Degree1403.95%
Bachelors Degree2817.94%
Graduate Degree1744.92%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Forest Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Forest Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
Black1,5081,08127
White1,2861,119416
Hispanic76525612
Other Race1631230
2+ Races454512

The highest rate of high school graduation is among 2+ races people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 32.35%.

Forest Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Overall$35,352$39,332$31,654
Less Than 9th Grade$25,045$27,697$20,357
High School Graduate$27,463$36,612$24,500
Some College$45,993$44,382$50,587
Bachelors Degree$0$76,336$0
Graduate Degree$61,129$0$61,411

$35,352

Average Earnings

$39,332

Average Male

$31,654

Average Female

Forest Earnings by Educational Attainment

Forest Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Forest Language

74.49% of Forest residents speak only English, while 25.51% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 25.51% of the population.

Forest Language

Forest Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
Black2,17072133.23%
Hispanic1,62020312.53%
White1,481926.21%
Other4885611.48%

19.45%

Overall Poverty Rate

11.65%

Male Poverty Rate

28.51%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Forest

The race most likely to be in poverty in Forest is Black, with 33.23% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Forest is White, with 6.21% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.04%. Among those working part-time, it was 16.97%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 25.2%.

Forest Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade30.95%
High School10.59%
Some College6.79%
Bachelors or Greater5.71%

Forest Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Employed5.21%
Male Unemployed0%
Female Unemployed68.42%
Female Employed2.8%

Forest Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Forest Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Households$50,093$55,426
Families$52,486$65,012
Married Families$76,481$-999,999,999
Non Families$32,656$38,405

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Forest Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

44.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

53.6%

Male Marriage Rate

35.1%

Female Marriage Rate

Forest Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Forest Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 35-44, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Forest Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Forest Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

155

Number of Veterans

155

Male Veterans

0

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
Second Gulf War109
First Gulf War13
Korea1
World War II1
Vietnam0

Forest Veterans by War

count

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Age Group
Veterans
35 to 5456
55 to 6444
18 to 3440
75+15
65 to 740

Forest Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
Black1277%
White281.42%

Forest Veterans by Race

Forest Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

0%

Veteran Poverty Rate

33.79%

Veteran Disability Rate

Forest Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

50.1%

Labor Force Participation

46.5%

Employment Rate

7.1%

Unemployment Rate

Forest Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Forest Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Forest Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

66.43%

Born in Forest

80.43%

Native Born

19.57%

Foreign Born

18.21%

Non Citizen

1.37%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

80.43% of Forest residents were born in the United States, with 66.43% having been born in Mississippi. 18.21% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Forest Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
20295,022-44-0.87%
20285,066-44-0.86%
20275,110-44-0.85%
20265,154-44-0.85%
20255,198-44-0.84%
20245,242-44-0.83%
20235,286-44-0.83%
20225,330-19-0.36%
20215,349-69-1.27%
20205,418-115-2.08%
20195,533-47-0.84%
20185,580-51-0.91%
20175,631-7-0.12%
20165,638-40-0.7%
20155,678-40-0.7%
20145,718290.51%
20135,689-24-0.42%
20125,713-20-0.35%
20115,733250.44%
20105,708-279-4.66%
20005,98792718.32%
19905,060-169-3.23%
19805,2291,14428%
19704,0851684.29%
19603,9171,04336.29%
19502,8741395.08%
19402,73500%
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Forest Population by Year