Forrest City is a medium-sized city located in the state of Arkansas. With a population of 14,672 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Forrest City is the 27th largest community in Arkansas.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Forrest City is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Forrest City is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Forrest City who work in office and administrative support (12.37%), sales jobs (11.43%), and teaching (7.15%).
One of the benefits of Forrest City is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 19.24 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
Being a small city, Forrest City does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.
The percentage of people in Forrest City with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 10.32% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Forrest City in 2010 was $14,185, which is low income relative to Arkansas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $56,740 for a family of four.
Forrest City is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Forrest City home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Forrest City residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Forrest City include Irish, English, African, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Forrest City is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Arabic.