Forest City, NC


Highest Appreciating Forest City Neighborhoods Since 2000

Forest City, NC Real Estate Data

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Home Values, Rents: Reflects Q1 2017. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2015 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   NeighborhoodScout uses over 600 characteristics to build a neighborhood profile… Read more

Forest City Housing Market Information

With 7,282 people, 3,025 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $104,788, house prices in Forest City are solidly below the national average.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Forest City, accounting for 68.87% of the town's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Forest City include duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 13.38%), large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 9.98%), and a few mobile homes or trailers ( 6.13%).

The most prevalent building size and type in Forest City are three and four bedroom dwellings, chiefly found in single-family detached homes. The town has a mixture of owners and renters, with 38.36% owning and 61.64% renting.

At the end of World War II, American soldiers returned home triumphant and, with the help of the GI Bill, built homes by the millions on the edges of America's cities. These homes were predominantly capes and ranches, modest in size, but built to house a growing middle-class as the 20th century became the American century. Forest City's housing was primarily built during this period, from the '40s through the '60s. A full 45.89% of the town's housing hails from this era. Other housing ages represented in Forest City include homes built between 1970-1999 ( 37.21%) and housing constructed before 1939 ( 12.69%). There's also some housing in Forest City built between 2000 and later ( 4.22%).

Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Forest City. Fully 19.72% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant Forest City homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding Forest City real estate prices below levels they could achieve if vacant housing was absorbed into the market and became occupied. Housing vacancy rates are a useful measure to consider, along with other things, if you are a home buyer or a real estate investor.

Forest City Home Appreciation Rates

Real estate appreciation rates in Forest City's have tracked to near the national average over the last then years, with the annual appreciation rate averaging -0.48% during the period.

Over the last year, Forest City appreciation rates have trailed the rest of the nation. In the last twelve months, Forest City's appreciation rate has been 1.77%, which is lower than appreciation rates in most communities in America. In the latest quarter, NeighborhoodScout's data show that house appreciation rates in Forest City were at -0.54%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of -2.13%.

Notably, Forest City's appreciation rate in the latest quarter is one of the lowest in America.

Relative to North Carolina, our data show that Forest City's latest annual appreciation rate is lower than 60% of the other cities and towns in North Carolina.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,059,000 0.1
$795,001 - $1,059,000 0.0
$530,001 - $795,000 1.1
$424,001 - $530,000 0.0
$318,001 - $424,000 1.8
$212,001 - $318,000 8.3
$106,001 - $212,000 34.1
$53,001 - $106,000 33.8
$0 - $53,000 20.8

Low for NC
Low for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
74.4462674323216 77.1324863883848

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Forest City Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2016 Q4 - 2017 Q1
Last 12 Months:
2016 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 2 Years:
2015 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 5 Years:
2012 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 10 Years:
2007 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2017 Q1
24.81% 1.29% 5 3
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$736 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 38.36
Renters 61.64
Vacant 19.72

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

AGE OF Forest City HOMES
2000 or Newer 4.2
1970 - 1999 37.2
1940 - 1969 45.9
1939 or Older 12.7

Types of Homes

Single-Family 68.9
Townhomes 1.6
Small Apt. Buildings 13.4
Apt. Complexes 10.0
Mobile Homes 6.1
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 3.93
1 Bedroom 8.57
2 Bedrooms 34.24
3 Bedrooms 41.30
4 Bedrooms 10.48
5 or more bedrooms 1.49