Forest City, IA

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Population

4,083

0.989% growth

Median Age

35.4


Median Household Income

$47,198

4.28% decline

Poverty Rate

11.1%


Number of Employees

1,934

3.97% decline

Median Property Value

$95,700

0.209% decline

About

In 2017, Forest City, IA had a population of 4.08k people with a median age of 35.4 and a median household income of $47,198. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Forest City, IA grew from 4,043 to 4,083, a 0.989% increase and its median household income declined from $49,309 to $47,198, a -4.28% decrease.

The population of Forest City, IA is 89% White Alone, 4.56% Hispanic or Latino, and 2.62% Asian Alone. N/A% of the people in Forest City, IA speak a non-English language, and 98.3% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Forest City, IA are Waldorf University (757 degrees awarded in 2017).

The median property value in Forest City, IA is $95,700, and the homeownership rate is 67.4%. Most people in Forest City, IA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 13.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Forest City, IA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Forest City, IA employs 1.93k people. The largest industries in Forest City, IA are Manufacturing (657 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (265 people), and Educational Services (206 people), and the highest paying industries are Finance & Insurance ($81,071), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($61,429), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($45,972).

Median household income in Forest City, IA is $47,198. Males in Forest City, IA have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,006. The income inequality in Forest City, IA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.443, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$47,198

2017 value

± $6,194

-4.28%

1 Year Growth

± 17.3%

Households in Forest City, IA have a median annual income of $47,198, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $49,309 in 2016, which represents a -4.28% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$58,922

Average Male Salary

± $1,635

$44,006

Average Female Salary

± $1,197

In 2017, full-time male employees in Iowa made 1.34 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Iowa by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $50,374 ± $7,648

  2. White

    $44,731 ± $967

  3. Black

    $32,234 ± $4,518

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Iowa workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.13 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Forest City, IA is from Iowa.

0.443

2017 Wage GINI

0.445

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Iowa was 0.443 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.563% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Iowa was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Iowa in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Iowa across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 6803

  2. N/A

  3. N/A

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Forest City, IA was Census Tract 6803 with a value of $46,472, followed by N/A and N/A, with respective values of N/A and N/A.

The following map shows all of the places in Forest City, IA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 6 - 11

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

11.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Forest City, IA (399 out of 3.59k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 6 - 11, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males 6 - 11.

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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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    340 ± 114

  2. Two Or More

    51 ± 70

  3. Black

    6 ± 46

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

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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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

1.93k

2017 Value

± 231

-3.97%

1 Year decline

± 17.1%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Forest City, IA declined at a rate of -3.97%, from 2.01k employees to 1.93k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Forest City, IA, are Production Occupations (441 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (202 people), and Personal Care & Service Occupations (202 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Forest City, IA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Forest City, IA, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (441 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (202 people), and Personal Care & Service Occupations (202 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Forest City, IA has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (3.93 times higher than expected), Personal Care & Service Occupations (2.79 times), and Material Moving Occupations (2.1 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Forest City, IA, by median earnings, are Management Occupations ($67,063), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($66,406), and Management, Business, & Financial Occupations ($66,250).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

1.93k

2017 Value

± 231

-3.97%

1 Year decline

± 17.1%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Forest City, IA declined at a rate of -3.97%, from 2.01k employees to 1.93k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Forest City, IA, are Manufacturing (657 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (265 people), and Educational Services (206 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Forest City, IA, though some of these residents may live in Forest City, IA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Forest City, IA, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (657 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (265 people), and Educational Services (206 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Forest City, IA has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (3.36 times higher than expected), Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.86 times), and Utilities (1.2 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Forest City, IA, by median earnings, are Finance & Insurance ($81,071), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($61,429), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($45,972).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Iowa to other states, or from other states to Iowa.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $24.8B

  2. $20.9B

  3. $18.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Iowa product (by dollars) was Cereal grains with $24.8B, followed by Machinery ($20.9B) and Other ag prods. ($18.7B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Iowa products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$265B

2020 Value

$363B

Projected 2045 Value

36.7% growth

In 2020, total outbound Iowa trade was $265B. This is expected to increase 36.7% to $363B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Iowa trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Iowa to other states, or from other states to Iowa.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $28.9B

  2. $17.7B

  3. $12.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Iowa domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Illinois with $28.9B, followed by Minnesota with $17.7B and Nebraska and $12.5B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Iowa shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

97.2% of the population of Forest City, IA has health coverage, with 52.4% on employee plans, 11.7% on Medicaid, 11.4% on Medicare, 20.4% on non-group plans, and 1.22% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Forest City, IA was $8,200 in 2014. This is a 5.05% increase from the previous year ($7,806).

Primary care physicians in Forest City, IA see 2122 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.473% increase from the previous year (2112 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1519 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 10631 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Appanoose County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (13.3%). Additionally, Union County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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2,122 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Winnebago County, IA see an average of 2,122 patients per year. This represents a 0.473% increase from the previous year (2,112 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Winnebago County, IA in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,200

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,076

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,702

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,317

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Iowa (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.05%, from $7,806 to $8,200.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

2.84%

Uninsured

52.4%

Employer Coverage

11.7%

Medicaid

11.4%

Medicare

20.4%

Non-Group

1.22%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Forest City, IA declined by 6.74% from 3.05% to 2.84%.

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

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 13.3% prevalence

  2. 12.6% prevalence

  3. 12.1% prevalence

Appanoose County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Iowa, at 13.3%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Iowa by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Forest City, IA is home to a population of 4.08k people, from which 98.3% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.5% of Forest City, IA residents were born outside of the country (143 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Forest City, IA is composed of 3.63k White Alone residents (89%), 186 Hispanic or Latino residents (4.56%), 107 Asian Alone residents (2.62%), 79 Black or African American Alone residents (1.93%), 76 Two or More Races residents (1.86%), 2 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.049%), 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

Age

Age by Nativity

35

Median Native-Born Age

± 3.7

41

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 11.1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Forest City, IA was 35.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in Forest City, IA are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Forest City, IA residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.5%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

143 people

2.3%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

93 people

As of 2017, 3.5% of Forest City, IA residents (143 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Forest City, IA was 2.3%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    41,844 ± 4,988 people

  2. China

    10,526 ± 2,515 people

  3. India

    10,455 ± 2,506 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Iowa was Mexico, the natal country of 41,844 Iowa residents, followed by China with 10,526 and India with 10,455.

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Citizenship

98.3%

2017 Citizenship

98.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.3% of Forest City, IA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Forest City, IA was 98.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    3.63k ± 232

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    186 ± 112

  3. Asian Alone

    107 ± 38

In 2017, there were 19.5 times more White Alone residents (3.63k people) in Forest City, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 186 Hispanic or Latino and 107 Asian Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Forest City, IA as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    57 ± 37

  2. Korea

    33 ± 31

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    28 ± 26

Forest City, IA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.73 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Forest City, IA awarded 757 degrees. The student population of Forest City, IA is skewed towards men, with 1,559 male students and 928 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Forest City, IA are White (544 and 72.5%), followed by Black or African American (104 and 13.9%), Hispanic or Latino (61 and 8.13%), and Unknown (19 and 2.53%).

The largest universities in Forest City, IA by number of degrees awarded are Waldorf University (757 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Forest City, IA are Fire Services Administration (166 and 21.9%), Organizational Leadership (117 and 15.5%), and Occupational Safety & Health Technology (101 and 13.3%).

The median tuition costs in Forest City, IA are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 59 degrees awarded

  2. 99 degrees awarded

  3. 67 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Forest City, IA was General Business with 59 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Forest City, IA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

757 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the Forest City, IA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Waldorf University with 757 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

534

Degrees Awarded to Men

223

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 534 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Forest City, IA, which is 2.39 times more than the 223 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Forest City, IA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    544 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    104 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    61 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Forest City, IA were to White students. These 544 degrees mean that there were 5.23 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 104 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Forest City, IA was $95,700 in 2017, which is 0.417 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $95,900 to $95,700, a 0.209% decrease. The homeownership rate in Forest City, IA is 67.4%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Forest City, IA have an average commute time of 13.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Forest City, IA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$95,700

2017 Median

± $10,269

$95,900

2016 Median

± $8,047

In 2017, the median property value in Forest City, IA declined from to $95,700 from the previous year's value of $95,900.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Forest City, IA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Forest City, IA the largest share of households have a property value in the $70k - $80k range.

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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.

$47,198

Median Household Income

± $6,194

1.67k

Number of Households

± 220

In 2017, the median household income of the 1.67k households in Forest City, IA declined from $47,198 from the previous year's value of $49,309.

The following chart displays the households in Forest City, IA 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 $60k - $75k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Forest City, IA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Forest City, IA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

67.4%

2017 Homeownership

70.9%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 67.4% of the housing units in Forest City, IA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 70.9%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Forest City, IA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

13.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Forest City, IA have a shorter commute time (13.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.493% of the workforce in Forest City, IA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    79.1%

  2. Carpooled

    11.3%

  3. Walked

    4.38%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Forest City, IA was Drove Alone (79.1%), followed by those who Carpooled (11.3%) and those who Walked (4.38%).

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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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Forest City, IA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Forest City, IA have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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