Forest City, Iowa

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Forest City, Iowa
Motto(s): 
Where Nature's Close and
Friends are Closer
Location of Forest City, Iowa
Location of Forest City, Iowa
Forest City, Iowa is located in the United States
Forest City, Iowa
Forest City, Iowa
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 43°15′43″N 93°38′25″W / 43.26194°N 93.64028°W / 43.26194; -93.64028Coordinates: 43°15′43″N 93°38′25″W / 43.26194°N 93.64028°W / 43.26194; -93.64028
Country United States
State Iowa
CountiesWinnebago, Hancock
IncorporatedJune 14, 1878[1]
Area
 • Total4.63 sq mi (11.99 km2)
 • Land4.63 sq mi (11.99 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,257 ft (383 m)
Population
 • Total4,285
 • Density925.49/sq mi (357.38/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
50436
Area code(s)641
FIPS code19-28380
GNIS feature ID0456667
WebsiteForest City

Forest City is a city in Hancock and Winnebago counties in the U.S. state of Iowa, and the county seat of Winnebago County.[4] The population was 4,285 in the 2020 census, a decline from the 4,362 population in 2000.[3]

History[edit]

Forest City was platted in 1856.[5] It was incorporated as a city on June 14, 1878.[1]

Geography[edit]

Forest City's longitude and latitude coordinates
in decimal form are 43.262077, -93.640302.[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.64 square miles (12.02 km2), all land.[7]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870155
1880688343.9%
189089530.1%
19001,75896.4%
19101,691−3.8%
19202,14526.8%
19302,016−6.0%
19402,54526.2%
19502,7668.7%
19602,9305.9%
19703,84131.1%
19804,27011.2%
19904,4303.7%
20004,362−1.5%
20104,151−4.8%
20204,2853.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[8][3]
The population of Forest City, Iowa from US census data
The population of Forest City, Iowa from US census data

2010 census[edit]

At the 2010 census there were 4,151 people, 1,686 households, and 1,008 families living in the city. The population density was 894.6 inhabitants per square mile (345.4/km2). There were 1,909 housing units at an average density of 411.4 per square mile (158.8/km2). The racial makup of the city was 94.9% White, 1.5% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.3% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.0%.[9]

Of the 1,686 households 26.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.1% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.2% were non-families. 34.0% of households were one person and 14.4% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.84.

The median age was 38.6 years. 20.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 16.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.3% were from 25 to 44; 26.5% were from 45 to 64; and 16.5% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.0% male and 51.0% female.

2000 census[edit]

At the 2000 census there were 4,362 people, 1,692 households, and 1,084 families living in the city. The population density was 1,049.7 people per square mile (404.9/km2). There were 1,809 housing units at an average density of 435.3 per square mile (167.9/km2). The racial makup of the city was 95.97% White, 0.57% African American, 0.07% Native American, 1.22% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.47% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.26%.[10]

Of the 1,692 households 32.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.1% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.9% were non-families. 31.1% of households were one person and 13.4% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.96.

Age spread: 24.3% under the age of 18, 14.7% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.7% 65 or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.2 males.

The median household income was $40,031 and the median family income was $50,699. Males had a median income of $30,430 versus $21,883 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,285. About 4.7% of families and 9.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.5% of those under age 18 and 9.1% of those age 65 or over.

Economy[edit]

The headquarters of Winnebago Industries, a manufacturer of motorhomes founded by local resident John K. Hanson,[11] is located in Forest City. In August, 2021, Winnebago announced that it will be moving its corporate headquarters to Eden Prairie, Minnesota, effective December 1, but that the company's manufacturing presence will be maintained in Forest City.[12]

Parks and recreation[edit]

Pilot Knob State Park is located a few miles east of the city.

There are three bike trails located in Forest City. The Hanson Trail (9.0 miles), Hynes Spur (2.0 miles) and The Pilot Knob Loop (4.0 miles).

Forest City has a disc golf course consisting of 21 holes.

Education[edit]

The Forest City Community School District operates a wind turbine that provides 60% of the energy needs of elementary, middle, and high school.[13]

Forest City Christian School is an independent school district located in Forest City.

Forest City is the home of Waldorf University, a four-year liberal arts, for-profit university, owned by Mayes Education Inc.[14]

Infrastructure[edit]

Transportation[edit]

The Forest City Municipal Airport located 2 miles south of the Forest City business district serves general aviation in the area. The airport was activated in 1958 and as of 2011 has two asphalt paved runways, one is 5,796 by 100 feet (1,767 x 30 m) and the other is 2,708 by 60 feet (825 x 18 m).[15]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "LIST OF INCORPORATED CITIES" (PDF). Iowa Secretary of State - Matt Schultz. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-06-27. Retrieved 2011-08-04.
  2. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 17, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "2020 Census State Redistricting Data". census.gov. United states Census Bureau. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  5. ^ History of Winnebago County and Hancock County, Iowa. Pioneer Publishing Company. 1917. pp. 125.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2012-05-11.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-05-11.
  10. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  11. ^ "John K. Hanson". The Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship. Babson College. Archived from the original on 2006-09-06.
  12. ^ "Winnebago moves headquarters from Iowa to Minnesota". Associated Press. August 20, 2021. Retrieved November 25, 2021.
  13. ^ "Forrest City Community School District". Home. Retrieved 2010-12-14.
  14. ^ "Waldorf College sale to Mayes Education finalized".
  15. ^ "Forest City Municipal Airport". AirNav, LLC. Retrieved 2011-08-04.
  16. ^ "BASEBALL-REFERENCE". Lute Barnes. Retrieved 2010-12-14.
  17. ^ "National Football League". Mike Stensrud. Retrieved 2010-12-14.
  18. ^ "Biographical Directory of the United States Congress". Teigan, Henry George. Retrieved 2010-12-14.

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