Forrest City, AR

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
23,138
2.05% 1-year decline
US Senator
John Boozman
Republican Party
US Senator
Tom Cotton
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
38.8
0% 1-year change
2022 Poverty Rate
28.1%
1.45% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$39,822
13.8% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$82,400
21% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
7,948
0.898% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Forrest City, AR had a population of 23.1k people with a median age of 38.8 and a median household income of $39,822. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Forrest City, AR declined from 23,623 to 23,138, a −2.05% decrease and its median household income grew from $34,981 to $39,822, a 13.8% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Forrest City, AR are Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (53.3%), White (Non-Hispanic) (38.7%), Other (Hispanic) (2.01%), Two+ (Hispanic) (1.9%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.6%).

None of the households in Forrest City, AR reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

97% of the residents in Forrest City, AR are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Forrest City, AR are East Arkansas Community College (559 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Forrest City, AR was $82,400, and the homeownership rate was 54.2%.

Most people in Forrest City, AR drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 20.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Forrest City, AR was 2 cars per household.

Forrest City, AR borders Memphis, TN-MS-AR.

Population & Diversity

Forrest City, AR is home to a population of 23.1k people, from which 97% are citizens. As of 2022, 3.11% of Forrest City, AR residents were born outside of the country (720 people).

In 2022, there were 1.38 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (12.3k people) in Forrest City, AR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 8.95k White (Non-Hispanic) and 466 Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

97%
2022 Citizenship
96.7%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 97% of Forrest City, AR residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Forrest City, AR was 96.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Forrest City, AR
  1. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    12.3k ± 131
  2. White (Non-Hispanic)
    8.95k ± 93
  3. Other (Hispanic)
    466 ± 295
5.51%
Hispanic Population
1.28k people

In 2022, there were 1.38 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (12.3k people) in Forrest City, AR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 8.95k White (Non-Hispanic) and 466 Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

5.51% of the people in Forrest City, AR are hispanic (1.28k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Forrest City, AR as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    62,018 ± 6,050 people
  2. El Salvador
    15,360 ± 3,035 people
  3. India
    9,985 ± 2,449 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Arkansas was Mexico, the natal country of 62,018 Arkansas residents, followed by El Salvador with 15,360 and India with 9,985.

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Foreign-Born Population

3.11%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
720 people
3.52%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
832 people

As of 2022, 3.11% of Forrest City, AR residents (720 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Forrest City, AR was 3.52%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    397 ± 109
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    115 ± 53
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    73 ± 50

Forrest City, AR has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.45 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Forrest City, AR employs 7.95k people. The largest industries in Forrest City, AR are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,135 people), Retail Trade (1,104 people), and Manufacturing (883 people), and the highest paying industries are Transportation & Warehousing ($50,034), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($44,985), and Public Administration ($44,128).

Males in Arkansas have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $50,335. The income inequality in Arkansas (measured using the Gini index) is 0.452, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

7.95k
2022 Value
± 673
−0.898%
1 Year decline
± 12.2%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Forrest City, AR declined at a rate of −0.898%, from 8.02k employees to 7.95k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Forrest City, AR, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (901 people), Production Occupations (683 people), and Management Occupations (653 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Forrest City, AR.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

7.95k
2022 Value
± 673
−0.898%
1 Year decline
± 12.2%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Forrest City, AR declined at a rate of −0.898%, from 8.02k employees to 7.95k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Forrest City, AR, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,135 people), Retail Trade (1,104 people), and Manufacturing (883 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Forrest City, AR, though some of these residents may live in Forrest City, AR and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$36,494
Median earning men ± $3,889
$28,430
Median earning women ± $2,193

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($46,893), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($44,722), and Wholesale Trade ($44,643).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($50,291), Wholesale Trade ($41,298), and Public Administration ($40,860).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
2.24%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 1.35M people employed in Arkansas. This represents a 2.24% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 8.69%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Arkansas.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 154
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 128
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 117
    Retail Trade

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Arkansas went to Donald J. Trump with 62.4% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (34.8%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.08%).

John Boozman and Tom Cotton are the senators currently representing the state of Arkansas. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Arkansas is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Arkansas

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John Boozman
Senator from Arkansas3
Assumed office on January 3, 2011
Tom Cotton
Senator from Arkansas2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

John Boozman and Tom Cotton are the senators currently representing Arkansas.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Arkansas over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Arkansas

Arkansas is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Arkansas have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Forrest City, AR awarded 559 degrees. The student population of Forrest City, AR in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 392 male students and 787 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Forrest City, AR are Black or African American (276 and 49.5%), followed by White (244 and 43.7%), Two or More Races (14 and 2.51%), and Hispanic or Latino (13 and 2.33%).

The largest universities in Forrest City, AR by number of degrees awarded are East Arkansas Community College (559 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Forrest City, AR are Liberal Arts & Sciences (91 and 16.3%), General Biological Sciences (82 and 14.7%), and Truck, Bus, & Commercial Vehicle Operator & Instructor (75 and 13.4%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2022 there were 1,179 students enrolled in Forrest City, AR, 33.2% men and 66.8% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 635 records, of which 66.1% were women and 33.9% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 88 degrees awarded
  2. 48 degrees awarded
  3. 15 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Forrest City, AR was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 88 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Forrest City, AR according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
559 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was East Arkansas Community College with 559 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2022, 188 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Forrest City, AR, which is 0.507 times less than the 371 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was Black or African American students. These 276 degrees mean that there were 1.13 times more degrees awarded to Black or African American students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 244 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 2-year ($2,940) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($180) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($2,200) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

The graph shows the average net price by sector and year.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.946% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.851% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (793k), Some college (528k), and Secondary Education (350k).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Forrest City, AR was $82,400 in 2022, which is 0.292 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $68,100 to $82,400, a 21% increase. The homeownership rate in Forrest City, AR is 54.2%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Forrest City, AR have an average commute time of 20.2 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Forrest City, AR is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Forrest City, AR is $39,822. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Forrest City, AR was Benton County, AR with a value of $85,269, followed by Saline County, AR and Grant County, AR, with respective values of $73,236 and $68,598.

Property

$82,400
Median Property Value 2022
±$4,908
$4,395
Median Property Taxes
±$424

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Forrest City, AR the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Forrest City, AR compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

54.2%
Homeownership
2022
64%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 54.2% of the housing units in Forrest City, AR were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 53.9%.

This chart shows the percentage of owner in Forrest City, AR compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Forrest City, AR was Benton County, AR with a value of $85,269, followed by Saline County, AR and Grant County, AR, with respective values of $73,236 and $68,598.

The following map shows all of the counties in Forrest City, AR colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$39,822
Median Household Income
± $3,288
8.1k
Number of Households
± 630

In 2022, the median household income of the 8.1k households in Forrest City, AR grew to $39,822 from the previous year's value of $34,981.

The following chart displays the households in Forrest City, AR distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Forrest City, AR is from Arkansas.
0.452
2022 Wage GINI in Arkansas
0.45
2021 Wage GINI in Arkansas

In 2022, the income inequality in Arkansas was 0.452 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.376% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Arkansas was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Arkansas in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (85.1%)
  2. Carpooled (8.8%)
  3. Worked At Home (2.55%)

In 2022, 85.1% of workers in Forrest City, AR drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.8%) and those who worked at home (2.55%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

20.2 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Forrest City, AR have a shorter commute time (20.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 0.368% of the workforce in Forrest City, AR have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Forrest City, AR distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Forrest City, AR have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

28.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Forrest City, AR (5.66k out of 20.1k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 55 - 64, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females < 5.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Forrest City, AR is Black, followed by White and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

91.3% of the population of Forrest City, AR has health coverage, with 29.6% on employee plans, 38.4% on Medicaid, 12.7% on Medicare, 9.49% on non-group plans, and 1.23% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Arkansas see 1471 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.39% decrease from the previous year (1507 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2087 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 399 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,471 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Arkansas

Primary care physicians in Arkansas see an average of 1,471 patients per year. This represents a 2.39% decrease from the previous year (1,507 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Arkansas in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 26.2% under 18 years, 21% between 18 and 34 years, 33.7% between 35 and 64 years, and 19.2% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.4% were men and 52.6% were women.

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Uninsured People

8.66%
Uninsured
29.6%
Employer Coverage
38.4%
Medicaid
12.7%
Medicare
9.49%
Non-Group
1.23%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Forrest City, AR declined by 7.28% from 9.34% to 8.66%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Forrest City, AR changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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