Forest County, WI

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Population

9,035

0.801% decline

Median Age

46.2


Median Household Income

$43,356

4.78% growth

Poverty Rate

17.5%


Number of Employees

3,658

1.89% growth

Median Property Value

$131,400

1.62% growth

About

In 2017, Forest County, WI had a population of 9.04k people with a median age of 46.2 and a median household income of $43,356. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Forest County, WI declined from 9,108 to 9,035, a -0.801% decrease and its median household income grew from $41,378 to $43,356, a 4.78% increase.

The population of Forest County, WI is 79.7% White Alone, 14.3% American Indian & Alaska Native Alone, and 2.37% Two or More Races. 5.04% of the people in Forest County, WI speak a non-English language, and 99.2% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Forest County, WI is $131,400, and the homeownership rate is 74.9%. Most people in Forest County, WI commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 19.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Forest County, WI is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Forest County, WI employs 3.66k people. The largest industries in Forest County, WI are Health Care & Social Assistance (487 people), Manufacturing (462 people), and Retail Trade (382 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($80,625), Finance & Insurance ($38,942), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($37,981).

Median household income in Forest County, WI is $43,356. Males in Forest County, WI have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,291. The income inequality in Forest County, WI (measured using the Gini index) is 0.453, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$43,356

2017 value

± $2,127

4.78%

1 Year Growth

± 5.35%

Households in Forest County, WI have a median annual income of $43,356, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $41,378 in 2016, which represents a 4.78% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$61,348

Average Male Salary

± $1,322

$46,291

Average Female Salary

± $998

In 2017, full-time male employees in Forest County, WI made 1.33 times more than female 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

    $51,905 ± $6,236

  2. White

    $46,737 ± $788

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $43,959 ± $36,574

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Forest County, WI workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.11 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Forest County, WI by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Forest County, WI is from Wisconsin.

0.453

2017 Wage GINI

0.452

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Wisconsin was 0.453 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.212% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Wisconsin 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 9502

  2. Census Tract 9503

  3. Census Tract 9501

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Forest County, WI was Census Tract 9502 with a value of $45,739, followed by Census Tract 9503 and Census Tract 9501, with respective values of $40,769 and $39,010.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Forest County, WI colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

17.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Forest County, WI (1.54k out of 8.79k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 35 - 44.

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

    966 ± 103

  2. Native American

    409 ± 59

  3. Two Or More

    93 ± 65

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Forest County, WI is White, followed by Native American 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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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

3.66k

2017 Value

± 192

1.89%

1 Year growth

± 7.16%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Forest County, WI grew at a rate of 1.89%, from 3.59k employees to 3.66k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Forest County, WI, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (465 people), Production Occupations (353 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (289 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Forest County, WI.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Forest County, WI, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (465 people), Production Occupations (353 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (289 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Forest County, WI has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (4.7 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (1.66 times), and Community & Social Service Occupations (1.48 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Forest County, WI, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($132,813), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($60,000), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($57,917).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

3.66k

2017 Value

± 192

1.89%

1 Year growth

± 7.16%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Forest County, WI grew at a rate of 1.89%, from 3.59k employees to 3.66k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Forest County, WI, are Health Care & Social Assistance (487 people), Manufacturing (462 people), and Retail Trade (382 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Forest County, WI, though some of these residents may live in Forest County, WI 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 County, WI, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (487 people), Manufacturing (462 people), and Retail Trade (382 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Forest County, WI has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (4.65 times higher than expected), Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (2.58 times), and Public Administration (1.66 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Forest County, WI, by median earnings, are Utilities ($80,625), Finance & Insurance ($38,942), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($37,981).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $37.5B

  2. $28B

  3. $26B

In 2015, the top outbound Wisconsin product (by dollars) was Other foodstuffs with $37.5B, followed by Mixed freight with $28B and Machinery and $26B.

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$325B

2015 Value

$493B

Projected 2045 Value

51.7% growth

In 2015, total outbound Wisconsin trade was $325B. This is expected to increase 51.7% to $493B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin to other states, or from other states to Wisconsin.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $28.7B

  2. $28.3B

  3. $10.2B

In 2015, the top outbound Wisconsin domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Illinois with $28.7B, followed by Minnesota with $28.3B and Michigan and $10.2B.

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

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Health

86.8% of the population of Forest County, WI has health coverage, with 35.2% on employee plans, 18.7% on Medicaid, 16.2% on Medicare, 14.3% on non-group plans, and 2.4% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Forest County, WI was $8,702 in 2014. This is a 6.26% increase from the previous year ($8,189).

Primary care physicians in Forest County, WI see 2264 patients per year on average, which represents a 25.6% decrease from the previous year (3042 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2266 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 906 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Adams County and Menominee County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (13.1%). Additionally, Menominee County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (45.1%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,264 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Forest County, WI see an average of 2,264 patients per year. This represents a 25.6% decrease from the previous year (3,042 patients).

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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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$8,702

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,159

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,057

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,608

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Wisconsin (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 6.26%, from $8,189 to $8,702.

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

13.2%

Uninsured

35.2%

Employer Coverage

18.7%

Medicaid

16.2%

Medicare

14.3%

Non-Group

2.4%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Forest County, WI declined by 2.67% from 13.5% to 13.2%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Forest County, WI 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. 13.1% prevalence

  2. 13.1% prevalence

  3. 12.4% prevalence

Adams County and Menominee County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Wisconsin, at 13.1%.

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

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Diversity

Forest County, WI is home to a population of 9.04k people, from which 99.2% are citizens. As of 2017, 1.27% of Forest County, WI residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Forest County, WI is composed of 7.2k White Alone residents (79.7%), 1.29k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (14.3%), 214 Two or More Races residents (2.37%), 196 Hispanic or Latino residents (2.17%), 80 Black or African American Alone residents (0.885%), 37 Asian Alone residents (0.41%), 8 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0885%), and 7 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0775%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Forest County, WI are Other Native North American Languages (228 speakers), Spanish or Spanish Creole (130 speakers), and German (35 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

46

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

46

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 10.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Forest County, WI was 46.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 46, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 46. But people in Forest County, WI are getting staying the same age. In 2016, the average age of all Forest County, WI residents was 46.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.27%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

1.11%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 1.27% of Forest County, WI residents 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 County, WI was 1.11%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    89,715 ± 7,296 people

  2. India

    23,224 ± 3,734 people

  3. Laos

    17,104 ± 3,206 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Forest County, WI was Mexico, the natal country of 89,715 Forest County, WI residents, followed by India with 23,224 and Laos with 17,104.

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Citizenship

99.2%

2017 Citizenship

99.2%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.2% of Forest County, WI residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Forest County, WI was 99.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    7.2k ± 13

  2. American Indian & Alaska Native Alone

    1.29k ± 114

  3. Two or More Races

    214 ± 74

In 2017, there were 5.59 times more White Alone residents (7.2k people) in Forest County, WI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.29k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone and 214 Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Other Native North American Languages

    228 speakers (2.64%)

  2. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    130 speakers (1.5%)

  3. German

    35 speakers (0.405%)

5.04% of Forest County, WI citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Forest County, WI was Other Native North American Languages. 2.64% of the overall population of Forest County, WI are native Other Native North American Languages speakers. 1.5% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole and 0.405% speak Other Native North American Languages, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    277 ± 48

  2. Korea

    153 ± 67

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    43 ± 22

Forest County, WI has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.81 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Forest County, WI was $131,400 in 2017, which is 0.604 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $129,300 to $131,400, a 1.62% increase. The homeownership rate in Forest County, WI is 74.9%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Forest County, WI have an average commute time of 19.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Forest County, WI is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$43,356

Median Household Income

± $2,127

4.04k

Number of Households

± 189

In 2017, the median household income of the 4.04k households in Forest County, WI grew to $43,356 from the previous year's value of $41,378.

The following chart displays the households in Forest County, WI 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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Housing

Property Value

$131,400

2017 Median

± $8,533

$129,300

2016 Median

± $9,904

In 2017, the median property value in Forest County, WI grew to to $131,400 from the previous year's value of $129,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Forest County, WI 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 County, WI the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

74.9%

2017 Homeownership

75.9%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 74.9% of the housing units in Forest County, WI were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 75.9%.

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

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Forest County, WI distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Forest County, WI have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

19.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Forest County, WI have a shorter commute time (19.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.58% of the workforce in Forest County, WI have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    77.3%

  2. Carpooled

    12%

  3. Worked At Home

    5.57%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Forest County, WI was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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