Forest City Demographics

General Characteristics Number Percent U.S.
Total Population 4,362
Gender
Male 2126 48.7 49.1
Female 2236 51.3 50.9
Median age (years) 35.2 35.3
Under 5 years old 262 6.0 6.8
18 years and over 3,300 75.7 74.3
65 years and over 640 14.7 12.4
Race
One Race 4,332 99.3 97.6
White 4,186 96.0 75.1
Black or African American 25 0.6 12.3
American Indian or Alaska Native 3 0.1 0.9
Asian 53 1.2 3.6
Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 1 0.0 0.1
Some other race 64 1.5 5.5
Two or more races 30 0.7 2.4
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 142 3.3 12.5
Households
Household Population 3,975 91.1 97.2
Group Quarters Population 387 8.9 2.8
Total Housing Units 1,809
Occupied housing units 1,692 93.5 91.0
Owner-Occupied Housing Units 1,225 72.4 66.2
Renter-Occupied Housing Units 467 27.6 33.8
Vacant Housing Units 117 6.5 9.0
Social Characteristics Number Percent US
Population 25 years and over 2,640
High school graduate or higher 2,268 85.9 80.4
Bachelor’s Degree or higher 586 22.2 24.4
Civilian Veterans (civilian population 18 years and older) 379 11.5 12.7
Disability Status (population 5 years and over) 685 16.9 12.7
Foreign born 186 4.3 11.1
Male, now married, except separated (population 15 years and over) 979 57.1 56.7
Female, now married, except separated (population 15 years and over) 912 50.6 52.1
Speak a language other than English at home (population 5 years and older) 388 9.4 17.9
Economic Characteristics Number Percent U.S.
In labor force 2,377 68.6 63.9
Mean travel time to work in minutes (workers 16 years and over) 11.5 25.5
Median household income in 1999 $40,031 $41,994
Median family income in 1999 $50,699 $50,046
Per Capita Income in 1999 $18,285 $21,587
Families below poverty level 50 4.7 9.2
Initials below poverty level 388 9.7 12.4
Housing Characteristics Number Percent U.S.
Single-family owner-occupied homes 1,030
Median value $65,800 $119,600
Median of selected monthly owner costs
With a mortgage $642 $1,088
Not mortgaged $231 $295
“-” = Not applicable

Winnebago & Hancock Counties

Population 1998 2000
Total Population 4,495 4,267
Educational Attainment (Population Age 25 +)
Associates Degree 7.8%
Bachelors Degree 15.2%
Graduate or Professional Degree 7.0%

Metro Area Distances

City Driving Distance Flight Time Days by Truck
Chicago, IL 441 miles 1
Des Moines, IA 138 miles 20 min 1
Minneapolis, MN 140 miles 20 min 1
Milwaukee, WI 369 miles 1
Omaha, NE 273 miles 1

Leading Employers

Company Name Product/Service Employees
3M Distribution center for consumer goods 160
CDI Full Body Paint of Recreational Vehicles 210
Mosaic Provider of residential homes and care for people with intellectual disability 200
Winnebago Industries Manufacturer of Recreational Vehicles 3,200

Local Government

  • Type of Government: Mayor/ Council
  • Comprehensive City Plan: Yes
  • Year Plan Completed: 1985
  • City Zoning Ordinance in Effect: Yes
  • County Zoning Ordinance in Effect: Yes
  • Percent of Streets Paved: 85.0

Forest City Economic Development

145 South Clark Street
PO Box 306
Forest City, IA 50436

Phone: 641-585-5560
Toll Free: 866-585-2092
Fax: 641-585-2687

Beth Bilyeu

Executive Director
Beth@forestcityia.com