Forest City, North Carolina

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Forest City, North Carolina
Main Street
Main Street
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"Small Town Friendly"
Location of Forest City, North Carolina
Location of Forest City, North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°19′52″N 81°52′12″W / 35.33111°N 81.87000°W / 35.33111; -81.87000Coordinates: 35°19′52″N 81°52′12″W / 35.33111°N 81.87000°W / 35.33111; -81.87000
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
 • Total8.2 sq mi (21.3 km2)
 • Land8.2 sq mi (21.3 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
1,047 ft (319 m)
 • Total7,476
 • Estimate 
 • Density910/sq mi (350/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)828
FIPS code37-24080[2]
GNIS feature ID1020302[3]

Forest City, formerly known as "Burnt Chimney,"[4] is a town in Rutherford County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 7,476 as of the 2010 census, making it the largest municipality in Rutherford County.


The Alexander Manufacturing Company Mill Village Historic District, Cool Springs High School, East Main Street Historic District, Forest City Baptist Church, James Dexter Ledbetter House, Main Street Historic District, T. Max Watson House, and West Main Street Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[5]


Forest City is located at 35°19′52″N 81°52′12″W / 35.33111°N 81.87000°W / 35.33111; -81.87000 (35.331128, -81.870107).[6] The town lies along a merged stretch of U.S. Route 221A and U.S. Route 74 Bus. This merged highway widens into a four-lane boulevard as it passes through the town's historic district. The town of Spindale borders Forest City to the west, and the town of Bostic lies just to the northeast.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 8.2 square miles (21 km2), of which 8.2 square miles (21 km2) are land and 0.04-square-mile (0.10 km2) (0.24%) is water.

In 1999, Alexander Mills merged with and became a part of Forest City.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20187,153[1]−4.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 7,549 people, 3,245 households, and 2,028 families residing in the town. The population density was 918.6 people per square mile (354.6/km²). There were 3,638 housing units at an average density of 442.7 per square mile (170.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 67.37% White, 28.83% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.77% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 1.38% from other races, and 1.32% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.72% of the population.

There were 3,245 households out of which 27.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.5% were married couples living together, 19.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.5% were non-families. 33.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the town, the population was spread out with 24.9% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 19.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 83.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $34,243, and the median income for a family was $30,000. Males had a median income of $16,952 versus $12,601 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,248. About 15.6% of families and 19.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.5% of those under age 18 and 15.4% of those age 65 or over.


The Town of Forest City[8] is governed by a mayor and a board of commissioners. Steve Holland is currently serving as the Mayor of The Town of Forest City. The Town Board of Commissioners[9] includes: Mayor Pro-Tem, Dr. Dee Dee Bright, Com. Chris Lee, Com. Shawn Moore, Com. Justin Conner, and Com. David Eaker.


Forest City has many museums, ranging from the Rutherford County Farm Museum to the Bennett Classical Auto Museum.[10] During the Christmas season the downtown Forest City area sparkles with over 500,000 lights, and horse-drawn carriage rides. Many people from other counties come to see this every year; it is also on many Christmas Light tours as well.

Forest City is also home to the Forest City Owls baseball club which is a member of the Coastal Plain League, a collegiate summer league. The Owls who play at McNair Field in Forest City, won the CPL championship in 2009 with a record of 51-9, again in 2010 and were ranked as the #1 collegiate summer team in America.

Free public WiFi Internet has been provided by City Computer in the Downtown business district in parking areas and inside restaurants since August 2006.


The local school district is Rutherford County Schools, which is based in Forest City.


In 2010, Forest City was selected as the location for a new $450 million data center for Facebook.[11][12]


  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved August 29, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". 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. ^ "History and Facts". Town of Forest City. Archived from the original on 2012-05-12. Retrieved 2012-12-07.
  5. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-05-12. Retrieved 2012-05-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-05-12. Retrieved 2012-05-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Bennett Classics Antique Auto Museum".
  11. ^ [1] Archived March 25, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "Rutherford County 12/07/10 - Facebook's Data Center Project Hires Locally". 2010-12-07. Archived from the original on 2013-07-03. Retrieved 2012-12-07.

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