Forest Park, Georgia

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Forest Park, Georgia
City
Location in Clayton County and the state of Georgia
Location in Clayton County and the state of Georgia
Forest Park is located in Metro Atlanta
Forest Park
Forest Park
Location in Metro Atlanta
Coordinates: 33°37′11″N 84°21′57″W / 33.61972°N 84.36583°W / 33.61972; -84.36583Coordinates: 33°37′11″N 84°21′57″W / 33.61972°N 84.36583°W / 33.61972; -84.36583
Country United States
State Georgia
County Clayton
Government
 • Type Council-Manager
 • Mayor David Lockhart
 • City Manager John Parker
Area
 • Total 9.4 sq mi (24.4 km2)
 • Land 9.4 sq mi (24.3 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 988 ft (301 m)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 18,468
 • Density 2,281.6/sq mi (879/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 30297-30298
Area code(s) 404/678/470
FIPS code 13-30536[2]
GNIS feature ID 0331743[3]
Website http://forestparkga.org/

Forest Park is a city in Clayton County, Georgia, United States. It is located approximately nine miles (14 km) south of Atlanta[4] and is part of the Atlanta–Sandy SpringsMarietta Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 18,468.[1]

History[edit]

Originally the third stop from Atlanta on the Macon and Western Railroad, the city was incorporated in 1908. The 1,465-acre (5.93 km2) Fort Gillem was founded nearby in 1941 and was annexed into the city in 1973.

Geography[edit]

Forest Park is located at 33°37′11″N 84°21′57″W / 33.619659°N 84.365782°W / 33.619659; -84.365782.[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.4 square miles (24 km2), of which 9.4 square miles (24 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (0.43%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 18,468 people, 6,877 households, and 4,839 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,990.9 people per square mile (882.8/km²). There were 7,233 housing units at an average density of 771.5 per square mile (297.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 19.2% White, 37.7% African American, 0.50% Native American, 7.9% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latino of any race were 34.3% of the population.

There were 6,845 households out of which 37.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.0% were married couples living together, 22.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.3% were non-families. 22.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.98 and the average family size was 3.42.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.1% under the age of 18, 13.9% from 18 to 24, 33.6% from 25 to 44, 16.0% from 45 to 64, and 8.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females there were 105.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,556, and the median income for a family was $36,029. Males had a median income of $27,381 versus $23,104 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,778. About 12.0% of families and 30.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.6% of those under age 18 and 9.3% of those age 65 or over.

Voter statistics[edit]

According to the Georgia Secretary of State, as of November 1, 2011, Forest Park had 6,236 active voters on the rolls, or 5% of all Clayton County, Georgia voters:

  • Black females: 2,006
  • Black males: 1,502
  • White females: 969
  • White males: 770
  • Asian females: 110
  • Asian males: 153
  • Hispanic females: 120
  • Hispanic males: 126
  • Native females: 3
  • Native males: 1
  • Other: 476

TOTAL: 6,236

Education[edit]

Public education in the city of Forest Park is provided by Clayton County Public Schools. Schools in the Forest Park area include three elementary schools, two middles schools and one high school.

Elementary Schools Fountain Elementary, Edmonds Elementary, and Huie Elementary

Middle Schools Babb Middle School, Forest Park Middle School

High School Forest Park High School

Transportation[edit]

Air[edit]

Highways[edit]

  • Interstate 75
  • Interstate 285
  • U.S. Route 19
  • U.S. Route 41
  • State Route 3
  • State Route 54
  • State Route 331
  • State Route 401
  • State Route 407

There is commuter rail service in the planning stages along the Norfolk Southern line, with proposed stations in Forest Park, Morrow, Jonesboro, and initially ending at Lovejoy. This line is projected to run to Macon eventually. However, it has been repeatedly stalled by the Georgia General Assembly, despite having federal funding already available for it.

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority's Airport station is located just barely in Clayton. Clayton is one of three counties with representation on the MARTA board, but no rail service, since voters refused to approve the 1% sales tax needed to fund it.

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/13/1330536.html
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "Location". City of Forest Park, Georgia. 2009-07-01. Retrieved 2010-03-05. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 

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