Forest Park, Georgia
|• Mayor||Angelyne Butler, MPA|
|• City Manager||Dr. Marc-Antonie Cooper|
|• Total||9.37 sq mi (24.27 km2)|
|• Land||9.31 sq mi (24.11 km2)|
|• Water||0.06 sq mi (0.16 km2)|
|Elevation||988 ft (301 m)|
|• Density||2,140.92/sq mi (826.65/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0331743|
Forest Park is a city in Clayton County, Georgia, United States. It is located approximately nine miles (14 km) south of Atlanta and is part of the Atlanta–Sandy Springs–Marietta Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2020 census, the city had a population of 19,932.
Originally the third stop from Atlanta on the Macon and Western Railroad, the city was incorporated in 1908. The community was named for the parklike setting of the original town site. The 1,465-acre (5.93 km2) Fort Gillem was founded nearby in 1941 and was annexed into the city in 1973.
Forest Park is located at .
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.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
|Black or African American (non-Hispanic)||9,268||46.5%|
|Hispanic or Latino||6,197||31.09%|
As of the 2020 United States census, there were 19,932 people, 6,618 households, and 4,038 families residing in the city.
As of the census 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 inhabitants per square mile (768.7/km2). There were 7,233 housing units at an average density of 771.5 per square mile (297.9/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.
Public education in the city of Forest Park is provided by Clayton County Public Schools. Schools in the Forest Park area include four elementary schools, two middles schools and one high school.
Hendrix Drive Elementary, Fountain Elementary, Edmonds Elementary, and Huie Elementary.
Babb Middle School, Forest Park Middle School
MARTA serves the city.
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.
- General Philip M. Breedlove, Commander, U.S. European Command
- Russel L. Honoré, retired Lieutenant General and former Commander of Joint Task Force Katrina
- Cindy Schreyer, professional golfer and NCAA women's champion
- Terrell Starr, Georgia State Senate
- Roscoe Thompson, retired NASCAR Cup Series driver
- Hines Ward, NFL wide receiver of the Pittsburgh Steelers
- Lil Keed, Rapper
- Lil Gotit, Rapper
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