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 88.56% 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 (15.29%), teaching (11.07%), and management occupations (10.31%).

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 great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Forest a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Forest has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Forest’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

The citizens of Forest are among the most well-educated in the nation: 46.25% 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 $32,147, which is upper middle income relative to Virginia, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $128,588 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 Asian. Important ancestries of people in Forest include German, Irish, Scottish, and Scots-Irish.

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

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