Forks is a very small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Washington. With a population of 3,747 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Forks is the 146th largest community in Washington.
When you are in Forks, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 46.22% of Forks’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. Overall, Forks is a city of service providers, farmers, fishers, or foresters, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Forks who work in farm management occupations (17.56%), law enforcement and fire fighting (6.81%), and food service (6.47%).
It is a fairly quiet city because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Forks has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Forks has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Forks than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Forks may be for you.
One of the nice things about Forks is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
For a small city, Forks has a lot of people who use public transit to get to work, and those that do mostly ride the bus. This suggests that a real need for low-cost transportation in Forks exists, and local transit is helping to meet that need.
The percentage of people in Forks with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 11.07% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Forks in 2010 was $19,407, which is lower middle income relative to Washington and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $77,628 for a family of four. However, Forks contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Forks is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Forks home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Forks residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Forks also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 17.83% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Forks include Irish, Swedish, English, and Italian.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Forks's cultural character, accounting for 15.70% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Forks is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.