Forest City, NC
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Forest City is a somewhat small town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 7,282 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Forest City is the 110th largest community in North Carolina.

Unlike some towns, Forest City isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Forest City are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Forest City is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Forest City who work in sales jobs (16.83%), food service (9.02%), and office and administrative support (7.61%).

Residents of the town have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 18.24 minutes getting to work every day.

The citizens of Forest City are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 13.25% of adults in Forest City have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree

The per capita income in Forest City in 2010 was $14,034, which is low income relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $56,136 for a family of four. Forest City also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 34.01% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Forest City is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Forest City home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Forest City residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Forest City also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.52% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Forest City include German, English, Scots-Irish, and European.

The most common language spoken in Forest City is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.