Forest City, Iowa

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Population in 2017: 4,091 (95% urban, 5% rural).
Population change since 2000: -6.2%
 
Males: 1,970  (48.2%)
Females: 2,121  (51.8%)
Median resident age:

37.4 years
Iowa median age:

38.3 years

Zip codes: 50436.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $59,404 (it was $40,031 in 2000)
Forest City:

$59,404
IA:

$58,570

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $28,686 (it was $18,285 in 2000)

Forest City city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $115,503 (it was $63,600 in 2000)
Forest City:

$115,503
IA:

$149,100

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $129,918; detached houses: $139,995; townhouses or other attached units: $141,920; mobile homes: $24,871

Median gross rent in 2017: $533.

March 2019 cost of living index in Forest City: 74.3 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 11.1%
(10.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 20.0% for Black residents, 100.0% for American Indian residents, 34.5% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Forest City, IA (2017)
    • 3,61988.4%White alone
    • 2245.5%Hispanic
    • 1233.0%Asian alone
    • 691.7%Black alone
    • 471.1%Two or more races
    • 20.05%American Indian alone

Races in Forest City detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of Iowa and other state lists, there were 7 registered sex offenders living in Forest City, Iowa as of May 29, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Forest City is 583 to 1.
The ratio of registered sex offenders to all residents in this city is near the state average.


Crime rates in Forest City by year

Type

2005

2007

2008

2009

2010

2012

2013

2014

2016

2017

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
1
(23.4)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(24.1)
0
(0.0)
4
(100.8)
2
(50.1)
1
(25.0)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(24.1)
0
(0.0)
1
(25.2)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
5
(117.2)
13
(309.4)
8
(195.4)
6
(147.6)
14
(353.4)
6
(144.9)
3
(75.6)
7
(176.4)
3
(75.1)
7
(175.3)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
10
(234.5)
5
(119.0)
17
(415.2)
17
(418.1)
15
(378.7)
12
(289.8)
3
(75.6)
16
(403.1)
10
(250.4)
10
(250.4)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
7
(164.1)
11
(261.8)
19
(464.1)
11
(270.5)
15
(378.7)
34
(821.1)
18
(453.7)
31
(781.1)
9
(225.3)
10
(250.4)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
2
(47.6)
1
(24.4)
0
(0.0)
2
(50.5)
1
(24.1)
4
(100.8)
3
(75.6)
1
(25.0)
0
(0.0)
Arson
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
1
(23.8)
1
(24.4)
0
(0.0)
1
(25.2)
1
(24.1)
0
(0.0)
1
(25.2)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)65.284.588.769.6116.4110.646.6189.083.682.6

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City-data.com crime index in Forest City, IA

Crime rate in Forest City detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 8 (8 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.96
Iowa average:

1.47
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Ancestries: German (37.5%), Norwegian (26.8%), American (5.0%), Swedish (3.6%), Irish (3.1%), Czech (3.0%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 06/14/1878

Elevation: 1250 feet

Land area: 4.16 square miles.

Population density: 985 people per square mile   (low).

Forest City, Iowa map

100 residents are foreign born (0.7% Europe, 0.7% Asia, 0.3% North America).

This city:

2.4%
Iowa:

100.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $1,745 (1.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $1,702 (1.7%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Rochester, MN (78.8 miles , pop. 85,806).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Minneapolis, MN (119.2 miles , pop. 382,618).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (319.2 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Leland, IA (2.2 miles ),
Miller, IA (2.4 miles),
Hayfield, IA (2.6 miles),
Crystal Lake, IA (2.8 miles ),
Thompson, IA (3.2 miles ),
Fertile, IA (3.3 miles ),
Duncan, IA (3.4 miles),
Garner, IA (3.4 miles )

Latitude: 43.26 N, Longitude: 93.64 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +2,121 (+51.8%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 1,474 (72.8%)

Area code: 641

Distribution of median household income in Forest City, IA in 2017
Distribution of house value in Forest City, IA in 2017
Forest City satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 4 buildings, average cost: $84,000
  • 1998: 8 buildings, average cost: $113,500
  • 1999: 18 buildings, average cost: $91,400
  • 2000: 7 buildings, average cost: $100,600
  • 2001: 4 buildings, average cost: $97,300
  • 2003: 5 buildings, average cost: $130,000
  • 2004: 14 buildings, average cost: $163,400
  • 2005: 7 buildings, average cost: $231,300
  • 2006: 5 buildings, average cost: $208,000
  • 2007: 9 buildings, average cost: $194,600
  • 2008: 1 building, cost: $500,000
  • 2009: 1 building, cost: $525,000
  • 2010: 2 buildings, average cost: $165,000
  • 2011: 6 buildings, average cost: $282,400
  • 2012: 1 building, cost: $323,000
  • 2013: 9 buildings, average cost: $172,200
  • 2014: 2 buildings, average cost: $400,000
  • 2015: 1 building, cost: $200,000
  • 2016: 2 buildings, average cost: $367,500
  • 2017: 1 building, cost: $350,000
Number of permits per 10,000 Forest City, IA residents
Average permit cost in Forest City, IA
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

2.7%
Iowa:

2.8%
Historical population in Forest City, IA
Historical housing units in Forest City, IA
Most common industries in Forest City, IA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Transportation equipment (29.5%)
  • Educational services (14.2%)
  • Health care (6.6%)
  • Construction (5.1%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (4.4%)
  • Accommodation & food services (4.4%)
  • Social assistance (3.6%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Transportation equipment (35.9%)
  • Educational services (12.9%)
  • Construction (9.2%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (7.5%)
  • Accommodation & food services (3.4%)
  • Health care (2.8%)
  • Food (2.6%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Transportation equipment (22.3%)
  • Educational services (15.7%)
  • Health care (10.9%)
  • Social assistance (7.1%)
  • Accommodation & food services (5.5%)
  • Food & beverage stores (4.4%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (3.8%)
Most common occupations in Forest City, IA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (10.1%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (5.9%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (5.7%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3.7%)
  • Agricultural workers, including supervisors (3.5%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (3.5%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (10.9%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (7.3%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (5.6%)
  • Agricultural workers, including supervisors (4.9%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (4.9%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (4.4%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4.2%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (9.3%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (7.4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5.8%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (4.3%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4.0%)
  • Child care workers (3.9%)
  • Supervisors and other personal care and service workers, except child care workers (3.8%)

Average climate in Forest City, Iowa

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Forest City, Iowa average temperatures Forest City, Iowa average precipitation Forest City, Iowa humidity Forest City, Iowa wind speed Forest City, Iowa snowfall Forest City, Iowa sunshine Forest City, Iowa clear and cloudy days

Forest City, Iowa environmental map by EPA

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI SO2
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2008 was 1.21. This is significantly better than average.

City:

1.21
U.S.:

74.20
Sulfur Dioxide Level

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2008 was 0.136. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 23.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.136
U.S.:

1.789

Tornado activity:

Forest City-area historical tornado activity is near Iowa state average. It is 89% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/14/1966, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 24.3 miles away from the Forest City city center killed 6 people and injured 172 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 5/10/1953, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 14.6 miles away from the city center injured 3 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Forest City-area historical earthquake activity is near Iowa state average. It is 83% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 204.3 miles away from the city center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 295.6 miles away from the city center
On 6/5/1993 at 01:24:53, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 212.0 miles away from the city center
On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 448.4 miles away from the city center
On 11/3/2002 at 20:41:56, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 267.9 miles away from Forest City center
On 6/28/2004 at 06:10:52, a magnitude 4.2 (4.0 MB, 4.2 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 272.4 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Winnebago County (11) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 9
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 7, Storms: 5, Tornadoes: 5, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snow: 1, Wind: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Forest City topographic map

Main business address for: WINNEBAGO INDUSTRIES INC (MOTOR HOMES).

Hospitals and medical centers in Forest City:

  • FOREST CITY COMMUNITY HOSPITAL (provides emergency services, RR 2 BOX 289 HIGHWAY 9 EAST)
  • KELLY'S COURT GROUP HOME (905 HWY 69 SOUTH)
  • WINNEBAGO COUNTY PHNS (216 SOUTH 4TH STREET)
  • GOOD SAMARITAN CENTER (606 SOUTH SEVENTH STREET)
  • GOOD SAMARITAN SOCIETY - FOREST CITY (606 SOUTH SEVENTH STREET)

Airports located in Forest City:

College/University in Forest City:

  • Waldorf College (Full-time enrollment: 762; Location: 106 S Sixth St; Private, for-profit; Website: www.waldorf.edu)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Forest City:

  • North Iowa Area Community College (about 27 miles; Mason City, IA; Full-time enrollment: 2,235)
  • Riverland Community College (about 44 miles; Austin, MN; FT enrollment: 2,321)
  • Iowa Central Community College (about 61 miles; Fort Dodge, IA; FT enrollment: 4,682)
  • Iowa Lakes Community College (about 61 miles; Estherville, IA; FT enrollment: 2,311)
  • Minnesota State University-Mankato (about 64 miles; Mankato, MN; FT enrollment: 13,940)
  • South Central College (about 67 miles; North Mankato, MN; FT enrollment: 2,726)
  • Gustavus Adolphus College (about 76 miles; Saint Peter, MN; FT enrollment: 2,496)

Public high school in Forest City:

Private high school in Forest City:

Public elementary/middle schools in Forest City:

See full list of schools located in Forest City

Library in Forest City:

  • FOREST CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $158,662; Location: 115 E L. ST; 20,009 books; 1,315 audio materials; 1,746 video materials; 25 state licensed databases; 106 print serial subscriptions)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Forest City: Forest City Country Club (A), Forest City (B), Winnebago County Jail (C), Forest City Ambulance Service (D), Winnebago Industries Incorporated (E), Winnebago Industries Visitor Center (F), Annex (G), Campus Center (H), John K and Luise Hanson Fieldhouse (I), Nilssen-Boe Science Hall (J), Odvin Hagen Music Center (K), Thorson Hall (L), Salveson Hall (M), Forest City Fire Department (N), Forest City Municipal Library (O), Forest City Hall (P), Mansion Museum (Q), Winnebago County Sheriffs Office (R), Forest City Police Department (S), Winnebago County Courthouse (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Main business address in Forest City: WINNEBAGO INDUSTRIES INC (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Forest City include: Saint James Catholic Church (A), Forest Evangelical Lutheran Church (B), First Baptist Church (C), Immanual Lutheran Church (D), United Methodist Church (E), Calvary Baptist Church (F), Congregational Church (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Oakland Cemetery (1), Saint James Cemetery (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Forest City include: Clarks Woods Park (1), Tim Coffee Park (2), Sunshine Park (3), Rotary-Westgate Park (4), Pammel Park (5), North Woods Park (6), Merrick Park (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attraction: Mansion Museum - Winnebago Historical Society (336 North Clark Street).

Hotels: Village Chateau Motor Inn (1115 Highway 69 North), The Lodge (945 Highway 69 South), Bungalow Motor Lodge (Highway 69), Super 8 Motel (1215 Highway 69 South), Forest City Super 8 Motel (1215 Highway 69 S).

Birthplace of: Brent Loken - Ecologist, Henry Teigan - Trade unionist and politician, Kevin Dahle - Politician, John Meyers (American football) - Football player, Mike Stensrud - Football player, Rob Kampman - College basketball player (Wichita State Shockers).

Winnebago County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Forest City and their reported violations in the past:

THREE FINGERS CAMPGROUND (Address: 35604 135TH AVE , Population served: 252, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
SUPER BOWL (Address: 19050 HWY 9 , Population served: 110, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
PILOT KNOB LUTHERAN CHURCH (Address: 3115 URBAN AVE , Population served: 60, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - Between OCT-2007 and DEC-2007, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (NOV-16-2007), St Public Notif requested (NOV-29-2007), St Formal NOV issued (NOV-29-2007), St Compliance achieved (JUN-30-2008), St Public Notif received (MAY-19-2009)
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 minor monitoring violations
THORPE PARK-WINNEBAGO CONSERVATION (Address: 34496 110TH AVE , Population served: 60, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In AUG-2013, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-15-2013), St Formal NOV issued (AUG-22-2013), St Public Notif requested (AUG-22-2013), St Public Notif received (SEP-11-2013), St Compliance achieved (SEP-23-2013)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In JUL-2010, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUL-08-2010), St Public Notif requested (JUL-15-2010), St Formal NOV issued (JUL-15-2010), St Public Notif received (JUL-26-2010), St Compliance achieved (AUG-11-2010)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In AUG-2008, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-08-2008), St Public Notif requested (AUG-14-2008), St Formal NOV issued (AUG-14-2008), St Public Notif received (AUG-22-2008), St Compliance achieved (JAN-05-2010)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In JUN-2006, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUN-23-2006), St Public Notif requested (JUN-30-2006), St Formal NOV issued (JUN-30-2006), St Public Notif received (AUG-04-2006), St Compliance achieved (JUL-06-2007)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring, Repeat Major (TCR) - In JUL-2009, Contaminant: Coliform (TCR). Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (AUG-10-2009), St Public Notif requested (SEP-02-2009), St Formal NOV issued (SEP-02-2009), St Public Notif received (SEP-16-2009)
  • One routine major monitoring violation
  • One minor monitoring violation

Drinking water stations with addresses in Forest City that have no violations reported:

  • FOREST CITY WATER SUPPLY (Population served: 4,151, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • PILOT KNOB STATE PARK-CAMPGROUND (Address: 2148 340TH ST , Population served: 50, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
Average household size:
This city:

2.2 people
Iowa:

2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

59.8%
Whole state:

64.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

5.8%
Whole state:

6.7%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.1% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.1% of all households

People in group quarters in Forest City in 2010:

  • 289 people in college/university student housing
  • 94 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 6 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 3 people in group homes intended for adults

People in group quarters in Forest City in 2000:

  • 287 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 53 people in nursing homes
  • 37 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 5 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 4 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)

Banks with branches in Forest City (2011 data):

  • Manufacturers Bank & Trust Company: at 245 J Street, branch established on 1945/09/01. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $265.8 mil, Deposits: $214.2 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 5 total offices, Holding Company: Mbt Corp.
  • Titonka Savings Bank: Forest City Branch at 101 Highway 69 N, branch established on 1988/05/06. Info updated 2008/08/08: Bank assets: $151.7 mil, Deposits: $129.9 mil, headquarters in Titonka, IA, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 3 total offices, Holding Company: Titonka Bancshares, Inc.

For population 15 years and over in Forest City:

Marital status in Forest City, IA
  • Never married: 34.7%
  • Now married: 47.4%
  • Separated: 1.5%
  • Widowed: 7.0%
  • Divorced: 9.3%

For population 25 years and over in Forest City:

  • High school or higher: 92.5%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 20.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.1%
  • Unemployed: 3.3%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 12.2 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

8.7
Iowa average:

10.5

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Forest City
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Forest City, IA (based on Winnebago County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant7,24714
Evangelical Protestant91715
Catholic8103
Other5-
None1,887-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 3
This county:

2.75 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Winnebago County:

0.92 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

0.43 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 5
Here:

4.58 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 11
Winnebago County:

10.07 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

8.01 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

8.5%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Here:

27.0%
Iowa:

27.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

17.1%
State:

14.5%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

51.9%
Iowa:

48.7%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Forest City:

50.6%
Iowa:

44.7%

Average BMI:
This city:

28.4
State:

28.6

People feeling badly about themselves:
This city:

23.0%
State:

22.0%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Forest City:

9.9%
State:

10.7%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Forest City:

6.9
Iowa:

6.8

Overweight people:
This city:

34.2%
Iowa:

33.5%

General health condition:
This city:

58.5%
Iowa:

54.9%

Average condition of hearing:
Forest City:

79.0%
State:

77.3%

More about Health and Nutrition of Forest City, IA Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Electric Power 9$17,886$23,8480$0
Other Government Administration 8$2,215$3,3230$0
Police Protection - Officers 7$14,369$24,6330$0
Financial Administration 5$8,091$19,4181$228
Sewerage 4$7,363$22,0890$0
Health 4$6,723$20,1691$190
Streets and Highways 4$7,801$23,4030$0
Solid Waste Management 3$4,682$18,7280$0
Parks and Recreation 3$4,673$18,6923$711
Water Supply 2$4,337$26,0220$0
Local Libraries 1$1,746$20,9524$3,447
Other and Unallocable 0$1,936 4$4,286
Police - Other 0$0 0$0
Airports 0$0 0$0
Totals for Government 50$81,822$19,63713$8,862

Forest City government finances - Expenditure in 2016 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Electric Utilities: $6,135,000 ($1499.63)
    General - Other: $1,177,000 ($287.70)
    Police Protection: $886,000 ($216.57)
    Sewerage: $609,000 ($148.86)
    Regular Highways: $502,000 ($122.71)
    Parks and Recreation: $475,000 ($116.11)
    Water Utilities: $404,000 ($98.75)
    Solid Waste Management: $359,000 ($87.75)
    Air Transportation: $309,000 ($75.53)
    Health - Other: $308,000 ($75.29)
    Local Fire Protection: $298,000 ($72.84)
    Financial Administration: $233,000 ($56.95)
    Libraries: $189,000 ($46.20)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $95,000 ($23.22)
    Housing and Community Development: $82,000 ($20.04)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities - Other: $53,000 ($12.96)
    Public Welfare - Other: $26,000 ($6.36)
    Central Staff Services: $25,000 ($6.11)
    General Public Buildings: $20,000 ($4.89)
  • Electric Utilities - Interest on Debt: $57,000 ($13.93)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $235,000 ($57.44)
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Police Protection: $95,000 ($23.22)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Parks and Recreation: $114,000 ($27.87)
    Regular Highways: $94,000 ($22.98)
    Solid Waste Management: $56,000 ($13.69)
    Police Protection: $45,000 ($11.00)
    Central Staff Services: $18,000 ($4.40)
    Air Transportation: $4,000 ($0.98)
    Financial Administration: $2,000 ($0.49)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities - Other: $1,000 ($0.24)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $2,485,000 ($607.43)

Forest City government finances - Revenue in 2016 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $770,000 ($188.22)
    Solid Waste Management: $465,000 ($113.66)
    Parks and Recreation: $59,000 ($14.42)
    Parking Facilities: $16,000 ($3.91)
    Other: $15,000 ($3.67)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $4,000 ($0.98)
    Air Transportation: $3,000 ($0.73)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Housing and Community Development: $425,000 ($103.89)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $276,000 ($67.47)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $100,000 ($24.44)
    General Revenue - Other: $87,000 ($21.27)
    Fines and Forfeits: $9,000 ($2.20)
    Sale of Property: $8,000 ($1.96)
  • Revenue - Electric Utilities: $6,298,000 ($1539.48)
    Water Utilities: $430,000 ($105.11)
    Transit Utilities: $13,000 ($3.18)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $739,000 ($180.64)
    Other: $3,000 ($0.73)
  • Tax - Property: $6,384,000 ($1560.50)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $363,000 ($88.73)
    Other Selective Sales: $53,000 ($12.96)
    Other License: $10,000 ($2.44)

Forest City government finances - Debt in 2016 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $7,345,000 ($1795.40)
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $7,295,000 ($1783.18)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,965,000 ($724.76)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,915,000 ($712.54)

Forest City government finances - Cash and Securities in 2016 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $4,410,000 ($1077.98)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $4,015,000 ($981.42)

5.86% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($42,118 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.86%
Iowa average:

6.23%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Cerro Gordo County, IA  1.04% ($48,711 average AGI)
to Hancock County, IA  0.62% ($53,148)
to Worth County, IA  0.46% ($25,800)
Businesses in Forest City, IA
NameCountNameCount
Chevrolet1Subway1
Curves1Super 81
Ford1U.S. Cellular1
H&R Block1UPS1
Hardee's1YMCA1
Pizza Hut1

Strongest AM radio stations in Forest City:

  • KGLO (1300 AM; 5 kW; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WHO (1040 AM; 50 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WCTS (1030 AM; 50 kW; MAPLEWOOD, MN; Owner: CNTL. BAPT. THEO/AL SEMI MINNEAPOLIS)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • KXEL (1540 AM; 50 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KLGA (1600 AM; 5 kW; ALGONA, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KNFX (970 AM; 5 kW; AUSTIN, MN; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KWMT (540 AM; 5 kW; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KSTP (1500 AM; 50 kW; ST. PAUL, MN; Owner: KSTP-AM, LLC (DELAWARE))
  • KTIS (900 AM; 25 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE)
  • KCNZ (1250 AM; 10 kW; CEDAR FALLS, IA; Owner: FIFE COMMUNICATION COMPANY, L.C.)
  • WEBC (560 AM; 50 kW; DULUTH, MN)

Strongest FM radio stations in Forest City:

  • KZOW (91.9 FM; FOREST CITY, IA; Owner: WALDORF COLLEGE)
  • KIAI (93.9 FM; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KIOW (107.3 FM; FOREST CITY, IA; Owner: PILOT KNOB BROADCASTING)
  • KLSS-FM (106.1 FM; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF MASON CITY, INC.)
  • KBDC (88.5 FM; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)
  • KAUS-FM (99.9 FM; AUSTIN, MN; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF LUVERNE, INC.)
  • KLKK (103.7 FM; CLEAR LAKE, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KCPI (94.9 FM; ALBERT LEA, MN; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF LUVERNE, INC.)
  • KUNY (91.5 FM; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA)
  • KCMR (97.9 FM; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: TLC BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • K223AB (92.5 FM; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: GREAT COMM. COMMCNS. OF N. IOWA INC)
  • KYTC (102.7 FM; NORTHWOOD, IA; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF MASON CITY, INC.)
  • K214BA (90.7 FM; MASON CITY, ETC., IA; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA)

TV broadcast stations around Forest City:

  • KIMT (Channel 3; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL BROADCASTING OF SO. CAROLINA HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • KYIN (Channel 24; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)
  • KAAL (Channel 6; AUSTIN, MN; Owner: KAAL-TV, LLC)
Forest City fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
See more detailed statistics of Forest City fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 33Number of bridges
  • 266ft / 80.8mTotal length
  • 109,030Total average daily traffic
  • 29,972Total average daily truck traffic
  • 109,030Total future (year 2035) average daily traffic
New bridges in Forest City, IA - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 11900-1909
  • 21920-1929
  • 21930-1939
  • 11940-1949
  • 41950-1959
  • 151960-1969
  • 31970-1979
  • 11980-1989
  • 11990-1999
  • 12000-2009
  • 22010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Forest City, IA

2002 - 2017 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year According to the data from the years 2002 - 2017 the average number of fire incidents per year is 21. The highest number of reported fire incidents - 43 took place in 2003, and the least - 7 in 2017. The data has a declining trend.
    Fire incident types in Forest City, IA When looking into fire subcategories, the most reports belonged to: Outside Fires (40.9%), and Structure Fires (36.5%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Forest City, IA
    • 14040.9%Outside Fires
    • 12536.5%Structure Fires
    • 6920.2%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 82.3%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Forest City, IA
Most common first names in Forest City, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John3475.1 years
Anna2188.9 years
Donald2169.9 years
Robert1972.9 years
Clara1982.8 years
Ruth1888.7 years
Arthur1674.1 years
Evelyn1679.9 years
Emma1689.7 years
Carl1681.6 years
Most common last names in Forest City, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Olson4180.7 years
Peterson3482.1 years
Johnson3383.0 years
Nelson3274.8 years
Anderson2983.0 years
Hanson2782.7 years
Thompson2581.0 years
Larson2174.7 years
Hanna1876.3 years
Bartleson1482.0 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Forest City, IA
  • 80.5%Utility gas
  • 12.0%Electricity
  • 4.0%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.8%No fuel used
  • 1.1%Wood
  • 0.7%Other fuel
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Forest City, IA
  • 72.5%Utility gas
  • 20.2%Electricity
  • 3.7%No fuel used
  • 1.9%Wood
  • 1.7%Bottled, tank, or LP gas


Forest City compared to Iowa state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage below state average.
  • Median age below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
There are 13 pilots and 6 other airmen in this city.
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