Forest, Mississippi

Coordinates: 32°21′49″N 89°28′31″W / 32.36361°N 89.47528°W / 32.36361; -89.47528
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Forest, Mississippi
Scott County Courthouse in Forest
Scott County Courthouse in Forest
Location of Forest, Mississippi
Location of Forest, Mississippi
Forest, Mississippi is located in the United States
Forest, Mississippi
Forest, Mississippi
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 32°21′49″N 89°28′31″W / 32.36361°N 89.47528°W / 32.36361; -89.47528
CountryUnited States
 • MayorNancy Chambers
 • Total13.10 sq mi (33.93 km2)
 • Land13.08 sq mi (33.87 km2)
 • Water0.02 sq mi (0.06 km2)
476 ft (145 m)
 • Total5,430
 • Density415.17/sq mi (160.30/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code601
FIPS code28-25340
GNIS feature ID0693243

Forest is a city and the county seat of Scott County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 5,684 at the 2010 census and the population is a minority-majority.[2]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.0 square miles (34 km2), of which 13.0 square miles (34 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (0.15%) is water.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[3]
Welcome sign, 1963

2020 census[edit]

Forest Racial Composition[4]
Race Num. Perc.
White 1,123 20.68%
Black or African American 2,319 42.71%
Native American 20 0.37%
Asian 30 0.72%
Other/Mixed 88 1.62%
Hispanic or Latino 1,841 33.9%

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 5,430 people, 1,987 households, and 1,165 families residing in the city.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 5,987 people, 2,085 households, and 1,478 families residing in the city. The population density was 460.0 inhabitants per square mile (177.6/km2). There were 2,257 housing units at an average density of 173.4 per square mile (67.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 40.35% White, 50.88% African American, 0.40% Native American, 0.53% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 5.85% from other races, and 1.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.71% of the population.

There were 2,085 households, out of which 36.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.6% were married couples living together, 24.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.1% were non-families. 23.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.25.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 29.3% under the age of 18, 10.6% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,638, and the median income for a family was $29,767. Males had a median income of $23,825 versus $17,277 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,484. About 21.6% of families and 23.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.5% of those under age 18 and 13.8% of those age 65 or over.


Forest is home to several poultry processing plants, including Koch Foods, Tyson Foods, and the Forest Packing Company.

Raytheon has a consolidated manufacturing center in Forest; it builds electronic equipment for radars and other sensor systems.


Almost all of the City of Forest is served by the Forest Municipal School District.[6] Schools include Forest Elementary School, Hawkins Middle School and Forest High School.

A small portion is in the Scott County School District.[6]



Forest is served by Interstate 20, U.S. Route 80, and Mississippi Highways 21, 35, and 501. Air transportation is available through G. V. Montgomery Airport or the nearby Jackson-Evers International Airport (JAN).

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 24, 2022.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  4. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved 2021-12-08.
  5. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ a b "2020 CENSUS - SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP: Scott County, MS" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2022-08-07. Retrieved 2022-08-06. - Text list
  7. ^ Mississippi Blues Commission. "Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup". Retrieved 1 February 2010.

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