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Forest, Mississippi
Scott County Courthouse in Forest
Scott County Courthouse in Forest
Location of Forest, Mississippi
Location of Forest, Mississippi
Forest, Mississippi is located in the United States
Forest, Mississippi
Forest, Mississippi
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Scott
Area
 • Total 13.10 sq mi (33.93 km2)
 • Land 13.08 sq mi (33.87 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.06 km2)
Elevation
476 ft (145 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 5,684
 • Estimate 
(2019)
5,536
 • Density 423.27/sq mi (163.43/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
39074
Area code(s) 601
FIPS code 28-25340
GNIS feature ID 0693243

Forest is a city and the county seat of Scott County, Mississippi. The population was 5,684 at the 2010 census and the population is a minority-majority.

Geography

Forest is located at 32°21′49″N 89°28′31″W / 32.36361°N 89.47528°W / 32.36361; -89.47528 (32.363627, -89.475348).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.0 square miles (34 km2), of which 13.0 square miles (34 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (0.15%) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 547
1900 761 39.1%
1910 1,136 49.3%
1920 1,188 4.6%
1930 2,176 83.2%
1940 2,735 25.7%
1950 2,874 5.1%
1960 3,917 36.3%
1970 4,085 4.3%
1980 5,229 28.0%
1990 5,060 −3.2%
2000 5,987 18.3%
2010 5,684 −5.1%
2019 (est.) 5,536 −2.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
Loren Ormond
Welcome sign, 1963

2020 census

Forest Racial Composition
Race Num. Perc.
White 1,123 20.68%
Black or African American 2,319 42.71%
Native American 20 0.37%
Asian 30 0.72%
Other/Mixed 88 1.62%
Hispanic or Latino 1,841 33.9%

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 5,430 people, 1,987 households, and 1,165 families residing in the city.

Transportation

Forest is served by Interstate 20, U.S. Route 80, and Mississippi Highways 21, 35, and 501. Air transportation is available through G. V. Montgomery Airport or the nearby Jackson-Evers International Airport (JAN).

Business

Forest is home to several poultry processing plants, including Koch Foods, Tyson Foods, and the Forest Packing Company. As a result of these plants, the city has attracted numerous Hispanic residents who work in the plants.

Raytheon has a consolidated manufacturing center in Forest; it builds electronic equipment for radars and other sensor systems.

Education

The City of Forest is served by the Forest Municipal School District. Schools include Forest Elementary School, Hawkins Middle School and Forest High School.

Notable people

  • "Big Boy" Crudup (1905-1974), blues musician - wrote "That's All Right (Mama)", honored with a Mississippi Blues Trail marker.
  • James Eastland (1904–1986), United States Senator from Mississippi
  • Sheila Guyse (1925-2013), actress and recording artist
  • Andrew R. Johnson (1856–1933), Louisiana state senator from 1916–1924.
  • Lewis Nordan, writer
  • Todd Pinkston, former NFL wide receiver, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Cardis Cardell Willis, comedian
  • The Scott Sisters, convicted in a controversial case that has drawn national attention
  • Kevin Sessums, writer
  • Donald Triplett, first person to be diagnosed with autism
  • Victoria Vivians, athlete, played at Mississippi State University for the women's basketball program. Drafted by Indiana Fever of the WNBA.
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