Forest, VA
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Forest is a somewhat small town located in the state of Virginia. With a population of 9,324 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Forest is the 75th largest community in Virginia.

Forest is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 87.42% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Forest is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Forest who work in office and administrative support (13.60%), management occupations (12.98%), and sales jobs (10.37%).

Also of interest is that Forest has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Because of many things, Forest is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Forest really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Forest perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

The citizens of Forest are among the most well-educated in the nation: 43.73% of adults in Forest have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Forest in 2010 was $32,881, which is upper middle income relative to Virginia, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $131,524 for a family of four. However, Forest contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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. Important ancestries of people in Forest include German, Irish, Scots-Irish, and Scottish.

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

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