About Forest Park, Georgia


Location:

The City of Forest Park is located in northern Clayton County nine miles south of the City of Atlanta. The city has an advantageous geographic location in the southern metropolitan region, having convenient access to Interstate 75 and Interstate 285 and five mile east of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The City of Forest Park also includes the Fort Gillem Military Reservation which encompasses 1,465 acres and is located in the northern section of the city.

History
:

From one square mile known as Forest Station/ Astor when chartered in 1908 to today's nine point three square miles known as Forest Park the identity of this area has changed dramatically. Early settlers were primarily farming families with an influx of railroad employees as the town became an important railroad point.

Developed as a "wood and water stop" known as "Stump Town" which may have been derived from the stumps left as trees were cut to provide fuel for the passenger and freight trains going in and out of Atlanta. Forest Park has developed into one of the largest cities in Clayton County.

Gradually, as other modes of commercial transportation became dominant and the frequency of trains through the area diminished, the availability of local employment began to decline. Strange as it may seem, the railroad was as surely responsible for the survival of the area as it had been for the original growth and development. The railroad began to provide a local passenger train service in approximately 1901. The small passenger train, nicknamed "the dummy", provided transportation to and from Atlanta on a daily basis where jobs were more plentiful. This passenger service was discontinued in 1931 at which time the railroad provided a local bus service for a brief period.

More modern progress, primarily over the past four decades, has resulted in Forest Park's emergence as a viable center of commerce. The major portion of the city's growth and development took place in the late 1950's through the middle 1960's.

Today Forest Park has a population of approximately 21,447 and operates with a council-manager form of government providing a full complement of support services to it's citizens.

Demographics:

  • Fact Sheet

  • Population

  • Population by Age

  • Racial Composition

  • Hispanic Ethnic Composition

  • Educational Attainment
  • Number of Households

  • Average Household Size

  • Housing Cost

  • Average Household Income

  • Household Income Distribution


  • General Characteristics Number Percent U.S.
    Total population 21,447
    Male 11,030 51.4 49.1%
    Female 10,417 48.6 50.9%
    Median age (years) 29.1 (X) 35.3
    Under 5 years 1,759 8.2 6.8%
    18 years and over 15,459 72.1 74.3%
    65 years and over 1,845 8.6 12.4%
    One race 20,922 97.6 97.6%
    White 9,675 45.1 75.1%
    Black or African American 8,018 37.4 12.3%
    American Indian and Alaska Native 107 0.5 0.9%
    Asian 1,282 6.0 3.6%
    Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 4 0.0 0.1%
    Some other race 1,836 8.6 5.5%
    Two or more races 525 2.4 2.4%
    Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 4,322 20.2 12.5%
    Household population 20,378 95.0 97.2%
    Group quarters population 1,069 5.0 2.8%
    Average household size 2.98 (X) 2.59
    Average family size 3.42 (X) 3.14
    Total housing units 7,233
    Occupied housing units 6,845 94.6 91.0%
    Owner-occupied housing units 3,730 54.5 66.2%
    Renter-occupied housing units 3,115 45.5 33.8%
    Vacant housing units 388 5.4 9.0%


    Social Characteristics


    Number


    Percent


    U.S.
    Population 25 years and over 12,495
    High school graduate or higher 8,101 64.8 80.4%
    Bachelor's degree or higher 829 6.6 24.4%
    Civilian veterans (civilian population 18 years and over) 1,705 11.3 12.7%
    Disability status (population 5 years and over) 4,095 21.6 19.3%
    Foreign born 4,555 21.4 11.1%
    Male, Now married, except separated (population 15 years and over) 4,019 47.8 56.7%
    Female, Now married, except separated (population 15 years and over) 3,500 45.0 52.1%
    Speak a language other than English at home (population 5 years and over) 5,129 26.3 17.9%


    Economic Characteristics


    Number


    Percent


    U.S.
    In labor force (population 16 years and over) 10,004 62.9 63.9%
    Mean travel time to work in minutes (workers 16 years and over) 26.8 (X) 25.5
    Median household income in 1999 (dollars) 33,556 (X) 41,994
    Median family income in 1999 (dollars) 36,029 (X) 50,046
    Per capita income in 1999 (dollars) 14,932 (X) 21,587
    Families below poverty level 585 12.0 9.2%
    Individuals below poverty level 3,094 15.4 12.4%


    Housing Characteristics


    Number


    Percent


    U.S.
    Single-family owner-occupied homes 3,604
    Median value (dollars) 69,600 (X) 119,600
    Median of selected monthly owner costs (X) (X)
    With a mortgage (dollars) 717 (X) 1,088
    Not mortgaged (dollars) 215 (X) 295

    (X) Not applicable.
    Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Summary File 1 (SF 1) and Summary File 3 (SF 3)


    Forest Park city: Population
    Category
    1980
    1990
    2000
    Total Population
    18,782
    16,925
    21,447
    Male Population
    NA
    8,266
    11,030
    Female Population
    NA
    8,659
    10,417
    Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census (SF3)

    Forest Park city: Population by Age
    Category
    1980
    1990
    2000
    0 - 4 Years Old
    1,473
    1,357
    1,759
    5 - 13 Years Old
    2,431
    2,286
    3,298
    14 - 17 Years Old
    1,429
    679
    931
    18 - 20 Years Old
    1,172
    749
    1,190
    21 - 24 Years Old
    1,755
    1,049
    1,783
    25 - 34 Years Old
    3,059
    3,294
    3,962
    35 - 44 Years Old
    2,075
    2,357
    3,249
    45 - 54 Years Old
    2,281
    1,611
    2,116
    55 - 64 Years Old
    1,858
    1,688
    1,314
    65 and over
    1,249
    1,855
    1,845
    Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census (SF3)

    Forest Park city: Racial Composition
    Category
    1980
    1990
    2000
    White alone
    17,273
    13,006
    9,675
    Black or African American alone
    1,270
    3,240
    8,018
    American Indian and Alaska Native alone
    47
    47
    107
    Asian or Pacific Islander
    126
    411
    1,286
    other race
    66
    221
    2,361
    Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census (SF3)

    Forest Park city: Hispanic Ethnic Composition
    Category
    1980
    1990
    2000
    Persons of Hispanic origin
    214
    455
    4,322
    Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census (SF3)

    Forest Park city: Educational Attainment
    Category
    1980
    1990
    2000
    Less than 9th Grade
    1,701
    1,219
    1,768
    9th to 12th Grade (No Diploma)
    2,762
    2,616
    2,480
    High School Graduate (Includes Equivalency)
    4,011
    4,157
    4,478
    Some College (No Degree)
    1,386
    1,616
    2,204
    Associate Degree
    NA
    394
    483
    Bachelor's Degree
    366
    644
    558
    Graduate or Professional Degree
    289
    153
    236
    Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census (SF3)

    Forest Park city: Number of Households
    Category
    1980
    1990
    2000
    Total households
    6,729
    6,305
    6,845
    Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census (SF3)

    Forest Park city: Average Household Size
    Category
    1980
    1990
    2000
    Total households
    2.78
    2.64
    2.98
    Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census (SF3)

    Forest Park city: Housing cost (in dollars)
    Category
    1990
    2000
    Median property value
    53,900
    69,600
    Median rent
    477
    621
    Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census (SF3)

    Forest Park city: Average Household Income (in dollars)
    Category
    1990
    2000
    Mean Household Income
    29,966
    42,842
    Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census (SF3)

    Forest Park city: Household Income Distribution
    Category
    1990
    2000
    Total
    6,264
    6,859
    Income less than $9999
    963
    576
    Income $10000 - $14999
    601
    456
    Income $15000 - $19999
    676
    632
    Income $20000 - $29999
    1,373
    1,365
    Income $30000 - $34999
    616
    538
    Income $35000 - $39999
    390
    513
    Income $40000 - $49999
    716
    836
    Income $50000 - $59999
    459
    537
    Income $60000 - $74999
    253
    685
    Income $75000 - $99999
    167
    373
    Income $100000 - $124999
    19
    189
    Income $125000 - $149999
    27
    54
    Income $150000 and above
    4
    105
    Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census (SF3)

     

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