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Village of Forest
Forest City Hall, Forest, LA IMG 7354.JPG
Forest City Hall and Community Center
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish West Carroll
Elevation 125 ft (38.1 m)
Coordinates 32°47′30″N 91°24′43″W / 32.79167°N 91.41194°W / 32.79167; -91.41194
Area 1.7 sq mi (4.4 km²)
 - land 1.7 sq mi (4 km²)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km²), 0%
Population 275 (2000)
Density 165.5 /sq mi (63.9 /km²)
Mayor Larry Denmon (R)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code 318
Helmer's Country Store, Forest, LA IMG 7351
Helmer's Country Store, established in an old building in Forest in 2013
Revised, Forest, LA Baptist Church IMG 7350 1 1
Forest Baptist Church at 138 Clover Street

Forest is a village in West Carroll Parish in northeastern Louisiana, United States. The population was 275 at the 2000 census.

Forest Police Chief James Robert "Bob" Smith (Independent; born June 1931) is possibly the oldest elected official in the State of Louisiana.


Forest is located at 32°47′30″N 91°24′43″W / 32.79167°N 91.41194°W / 32.79167; -91.41194 (32.791594, -91.411978).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 221
1980 299 35.3%
1990 263 −12.0%
2000 275 4.6%
2010 355 29.1%
Est. 2015 342 −3.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 275 people, 95 households, and 83 families residing in the village. The population density was 165.5 inhabitants per square mile (64.0/km²). There were 108 housing units at an average density of 65.0 per square mile (25.1/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 95.27% White, 1.82% African American, 2.91% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.00% of the population.

There were 95 households out of which 38.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 76.8% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 12.6% were non-families. 10.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the village, the population was spread out with 30.5% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 24.7% from 45 to 64, and 10.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 93.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.9 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $35,000, and the median income for a family was $36,875. Males had a median income of $26,786 versus $13,750 for females. The per capita income for the village was $13,191. About 6.0% of families and 10.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.3% of those under the age of eighteen and 6.9% of those sixty five or over.

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