Forest, Virginia Population 2024

12,043

Forest is a city located in Bedford County, Campbell County, and Lynchburg city Virginia. Forest has a 2024 population of 12,043. Forest is currently growing at a rate of 2.05% annually and its population has increased by 8.74% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 11,075 in 2020.

The average household income in Forest is $105,775 with a poverty rate of 5.55%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Forest is 44.7 years, 44.1 years for males, and 45.9 years for females.

Forest Demographics

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

  • White: 78.69%
  • Black or African American: 10.03%
  • Two or more races: 7.58%
  • Other race: 2.02%
  • Asian: 1.5%
  • Native American: 0.18%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0%
Land Area (mi²)
13.6 sq mi
Density (mi²)
885.50/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
8.74% (968)
The current population of Forest, Virginia is 12,043 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 11,075.

Forest, Virginia Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White9,09678.69%
Black or African American1,15910.03%
Two or more races8767.58%
Other race2342.02%
Asian1731.5%
Native American210.18%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander00%

White

Black or African American

Two or more races

Other race

Asian

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Forest Population by Race

Forest Population Pyramid 2024

Forest Median Age

44.7

Total

44.1

Male

45.9

Female

Forest Adults

There are 9,540 adults, (2,537 of whom are seniors) in Forest.

Forest Age Dependency

65.1

Age Dependency Ratio

36.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

28.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Forest Sex Ratio

Female6,19053.55%
Male5,36946.45%

Forest Population by Age

Forest Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All4,8652.3675.724.3
Married2,7962.978713
Non Family1,7001.35842
Female2332.7775.124.9
Male1362.5767.632.4

2.88

Average Family Size

2.36

Average Household Size

75.7%

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 Grade2042.45%
9th to 12th Grade1241.49%
High School Graduate1,61319.4%
Some College1,66420.01%
Associates Degree7899.49%
Bachelors Degree2,11925.49%
Graduate Degree1,80121.66%

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
White6,6706,4963,253
Black894871272
2+ Races376315198
Hispanic33122982
Other Race152123123
Asian976827
Native American770

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among other race people with a rate of 80.92%.

Forest Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Overall$51,996$61,127$44,542
Less Than 9th Grade$18,935$0$0
High School Graduate$43,172$38,988$43,578
Some College$50,669$52,064$39,271
Bachelors Degree$54,873$101,509$46,250
Graduate Degree$73,991$86,250$53,309

$51,996

Average Earnings

$61,127

Average Male

$44,542

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

95.35% of Forest residents speak only English, while 4.65% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 2.61% of the population.

Forest Language

Forest Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White8,8714815.42%
Multiple876849.59%
Black1,159312.67%
Hispanic479265.43%
Asian173169.25%

5.55%

Overall Poverty Rate

4.53%

Male Poverty Rate

6.42%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Forest

The race most likely to be in poverty in Forest is Multiple, with 9.59% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Forest is Black, with 2.67% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.36%. Among those working part-time, it was 12.9%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 6.96%.

Forest Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Some College6.43%
High School3.06%
Bachelors or Greater2.79%
Less Than 9th Grade1.52%

Forest Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Unemployed10.25%
Female Employed8.27%
Male Employed1.59%
Female Unemployed0%

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$78,327$105,775
Families$87,826$119,812
Married Families$90,403$-999,999,999
Non Families$55,583$76,158

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Forest Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

59.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

62.8%

Male Marriage Rate

56.1%

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 Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Forest Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Forest Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

872

Number of Veterans

791

Male Veterans

81

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
First Gulf War274
Vietnam230
Second Gulf War217
Korea117
World War II13

Forest Veterans by War

count

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Age Group
Veterans
55 to 64289
75+239
35 to 54173
65 to 74149
18 to 3422

Forest Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
White78410.22%
Black616.06%
2+ Races204.02%
Hispanic81.98%
Native American733.33%

Forest Veterans by Race

Forest Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

5.36%

Veteran Poverty Rate

23.75%

Veteran Disability Rate

Forest Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

59.9%

Labor Force Participation

56.7%

Employment Rate

4.6%

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

49.57%

Born in Forest

95.88%

Native Born

4.12%

Foreign Born

2.02%

Non Citizen

2.1%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

95.88% of Forest residents were born in the United States, with 49.57% having been born in Virginia. 2.02% 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
202412,0432422.05%
202311,8012422.09%
202211,5595144.65%
202111,045-30-0.27%
202011,0752392.21%
201910,8365385.22%
201810,298-355-3.33%
201710,6531161.1%
201610,5372452.38%
201510,2922932.93%
20149,9992062.1%
20139,7931671.73%
20129,6264054.39%
20119,2211151.26%
20109,10600%

Forest Population by Year