Forest is a somewhat small city located in the state of Mississippi. With a population of 5,695 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Forest is the 63rd largest community in Mississippi.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Forest is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Forest is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Forest who work in sales jobs (11.59%), office and administrative support (10.18%), and management occupations (8.94%).
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Forest spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.96 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
Forest is a small city, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.
The citizens of Forest are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 15.73% of adults in Forest have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree
The per capita income in Forest in 2010 was $16,806, which is middle income relative to Mississippi, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $67,224 for a family of four.
Forest is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Forest home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Forest residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Forest also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 21.26% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Forest include Italian, Scottish, Irish, and Scots-Irish.
Forest also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 16.37%.
The most common language spoken in Forest is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.