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Population in 2014: 369 (95% urban, 5% rural). Population change since 2000: +11.8%
 
Males: 174  (47.2%)
Females: 195  (52.8%)
Median resident age:  27.6 years
North Carolina median age:  38.7 years

Zip codes: 28723.

Estimated median household income in 2016: $69,072 (it was $45,000 in 2000)
Forest Hills:

$69,072
NC:

$50,584

Estimated per capita income in 2016: $34,144 (it was $25,949 in 2000)

Forest Hills village income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $292,687 (it was $133,800 in 2000)
Forest Hills:

$292,687
NC:

$165,400

Mean prices in 2016: All housing units: $289,965; Detached houses: $288,883

Median gross rent in 2016: $701.

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  • Races in Forest Hills, NC (2010)

    Forest Hills races chart
    • 32388.5%White alone
    • 184.9%Hispanic
    • 154.1%Black alone
    • 41.1%Two or more races
    • 30.8%Asian alone
    • 20.5%American Indian alone

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

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Forest Hills: 84.0 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: American (45.3%), English (12.1%), European (6.9%), Irish (6.0%), British (3.4%), Scotch-Irish (3.4%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated in 1997

Land area: 0.50 square miles.

Population density: 740 people per square mile   (low).

Forest Hills,NC real estate house value index trend

Forest Hills, North Carolina map

For population 25 years and over in Forest Hills:

  • High school or higher: 100.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 74.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 51.0%
  • Unemployed: 12.3%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 16.8 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Forest Hills village:

  • Never married: 46.2%
  • Now married: 42.4%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 4.1%
  • Divorced: 7.3%

9 residents are foreign born (0.5% Latin America).

This village:

2.4%
North Carolina:

7.7%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2016: $1,317 (0.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $1,232 (0.4%)

Forest Hills satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Asheville, NC (40.9 miles , pop. 68,889).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Atlanta, GA (126.7 miles , pop. 416,474).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (513.3 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Cullowhee, NC (1.0 miles ), Webster, NC (1.9 miles ), Sylva, NC (2.3 miles ), Dillsboro, NC (2.4 miles ), Glenville, NC (3.1 miles) , Franklin, NC (3.6 miles ), Cashiers, NC (3.7 miles) , Cherokee, NC (3.7 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2003: 1 building, cost: $200,000

Latitude: 35.30 N, Longitude: 83.19 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 828

Forest Hills household income distribution Forest Hills home values distribution
Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

5.2%
North Carolina:

5.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Educational services (45%)
  • Retail trade (19%)
  • Accommodation and food services (16%)
  • Health care and social assistance (8%)
  • Construction (5%)
  • Manufacturing (2%)
  • Other services, except public administration (2%)
  • Educational services (49%)
  • Accommodation and food services (25%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (16%)
  • Health care and social assistance (4%)
  • Retail trade (3%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (0%)
Most common occupations in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Education, training, and library occupations (37%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (16%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (10%)
  • Management occupations (7%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (7%)
  • Computer and mathematical occupations (4%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (4%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (34%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (25%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (19%)
  • Community and social service occupations (7%)
  • Sales and related occupations (5%)
  • Management occupations (3%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (3%)

Work and jobs in Forest Hills: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Forest Hills, North Carolina

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Forest Hills-area historical tornado activity is slightly below North Carolina state average. It is 25% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/3/1974, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 43.9 miles away from the Forest Hills village center killed 4 people and injured 26 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 3/27/1994, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 32.5 miles away from the village center injured 37 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Forest Hills-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above North Carolina state average. It is 81% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 55.4 miles away from the city center
On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG) earthquake occurred 106.5 miles away from Forest Hills center
On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 205.4 miles away from the city center
On 4/29/2003 at 08:59:39, a magnitude 4.9 (4.4 MB, 4.6 MW, 4.9 LG, Depth: 12.2 mi) earthquake occurred 148.9 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) earthquake occurred 339.1 miles away from Forest Hills center
On 9/7/1988 at 02:28:09, a magnitude 4.6 (4.5 MB, 4.6 LG) earthquake occurred 200.5 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 Jackson County (9) is smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 7
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 4, Storms: 3, Hurricanes: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Landslide: 1, Mudslide: 1, Snowfall: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Forest Hills topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Forest Hills:

  • WEBSTER GROUP HOME (Hospital, about 2 miles away; WEBSTER, NC)
  • SKYLAND CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; SYLVA, NC)
  • SYLVA DIALYSIS CENTER (Dialysis Facility, about 6 miles away; SYLVA, NC)
  • WESTCARE HOME HEALTH AND HOS (Home Health Center, about 6 miles away; SYLVA, NC)
  • MEDWEST HARRIS Acute Care Hospitals (about 7 miles away; SYLVA, NC)
  • HARRIS REGIONAL HOSPITAL TCU (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; SYLVA, NC)
  • ANGEL MEDICAL CENTER Critical Access Hospitals (about 14 miles away; FRANKLIN, NC)

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

  • Western Carolina University (about 5 miles; Cullowhee, NC; Full-time enrollment: 8,684)
  • Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (about 41 miles; Asheville, NC; FT enrollment: 6,992)
  • University of North Carolina at Asheville (about 42 miles; Asheville, NC; FT enrollment: 3,312)
  • Clemson University (about 48 miles; Clemson, SC; FT enrollment: 20,131)
  • North Greenville University (about 50 miles; Tigerville, SC; FT enrollment: 2,341)
  • Furman University (about 50 miles; Greenville, SC; FT enrollment: 2,988)
  • Tri-County Technical College (about 51 miles; Pendleton, SC; FT enrollment: 5,174)

User submitted facts and corrections:

  • Forest Hills is a small community within Cullowhee, NC (same zip code). I do not believe it should be listed as a town or city of NC (it is NOT). Cullowhee is the town not Forest Hills.

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Cemetery: Cox Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Jackson County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2013 was 78.0. This is about average.

City:

78.0
U.S.:

74.7

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2007 was 0.675. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 5.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.675
U.S.:

1.912

Ozone [ppb] level in 2013 was 31.5. This is about average. Closest monitor was 15.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

31.5
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2007 was 19.3. This is about average. Closest monitor was 17.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

19.3
U.S.:

20.0

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 7.51. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 12.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

7.51
U.S.:

9.35
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2016: 28.3%
(27.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 100.0% for other race residents)
Average household size:
This village:  1.8 people
North Carolina:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This village:  38.8%
Whole state:  66.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This village:  2.5%
Whole state:  5.9%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 1.0% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.0% of all households

Educational Attainment (%) in 2016

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2016

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

10.0
North Carolina average:

12.0

Forest Hills travel time to work - commute Forest Hills mode of transportation to work chart

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012 2016

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2016 Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Forest Hills village (based on Jackson County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant13,66077
Mainline Protestant3,82518
Catholic1,2781
Other5493
Black Protestant1161
None21,708-
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: 7
Jackson County:

1.93 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

2.05 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
This county:

0.28 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Jackson County:

0.55 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

0.92 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 20
Jackson County:

5.51 / 10,000 pop.
State:

4.75 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 36
Here:

9.93 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.57 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

11.0%
North Carolina:

9.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Jackson County:

28.0%
North Carolina:

28.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

18.9%
State:

15.6%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Forest Hills:

49.8%
State:

48.1%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Here:

46.6%
North Carolina:

44.6%

Average BMI:
Forest Hills:

27.9
North Carolina:

28.8

People feeling badly about themselves:
Forest Hills:

22.8%
North Carolina:

21.2%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

9.1%
North Carolina:

10.8%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Here:

6.9
North Carolina:

6.8

Overweight people:
Forest Hills:

31.4%
North Carolina:

33.6%

General health condition:
Forest Hills:

56.5%
North Carolina:

54.9%

Average condition of hearing:
Forest Hills:

78.2%
North Carolina:

79.3%

More about Health and Nutrition of Forest Hills, NC 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

Forest Hills government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $9,000 ($24.39)
    Central Staff Services: $8,000 ($21.68)
    General - Other: $5,000 ($13.55)
    Financial Administration: $3,000 ($8.13)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $2,000 ($5.42)
    Fire Protection: $2,000 ($5.42)
    Police Protection: $1,000 ($2.71)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $14,000 ($37.94)

Forest Hills government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Local Intergovernmental - General Support: $8,000 ($21.68)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $1,000 ($2.71)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $11,000 ($29.81)
  • Tax - Property: $18,000 ($48.78)

Forest Hills government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $72,000 ($195.12)

7.81% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($33,065 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.81%
North Carolina average:

7.13%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Swain County, NC  0.93% ($25,555 average AGI)
from Macon County, NC  0.54% ($26,500)
from Haywood County, NC  0.52% ($29,459)


8.61% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($29,833 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.61%
North Carolina average:

6.77%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Buncombe County, NC  0.94% ($33,188 average AGI)
to Swain County, NC  0.88% ($26,752)
to Haywood County, NC  0.71% ($32,167)

Strongest AM radio stations in Forest Hills:

  • WRGC (680 AM; 1 kW; SYLVA, NC; Owner: GEORGIA-CAROLINA RADIOCASTING COMPANY, LLC)
  • WLFJ (660 AM; daytime; 50 kW; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WPFJ (1480 AM; 5 kW; FRANKLIN, NC; Owner: DRAKE ENTERPRISES, LTD.)
  • WCSZ (1070 AM; 50 kW; SANS SOUCI, SC; Owner: WHYZ RADIO, L.P.)
  • WFGW (1010 AM; 50 kW; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLUE RIDGE BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WGCR (720 AM; daytime; 10 kW; PISGAH FOREST, NC; Owner: ANCHOR BAPTIST BROADCASTING ASSOCIATION)
  • WKVL (850 AM; daytime; 50 kW; KNOXVILLE, TN; Owner: HORNE RADIO, LLC)
  • WKJV (1380 AM; 25 kW; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: INTERNATIONAL BAPTIST OUTREACH MISSIONS)
  • WOXL (970 AM; 5 kW; CANTON, NC; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF NORTH CAROLINA, LLC)
  • WFSC (1050 AM; 1 kW; FRANKLIN, NC; Owner: SUTTON RADIOCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WCNN (680 AM; 50 kW; NORTH ATLANTA, GA; Owner: DICKEY BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WWNC (570 AM; 5 kW; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WSB (750 AM; 50 kW; ATLANTA, GA; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Forest Hills:

  • WNCC-FM (96.7 FM; FRANKLIN, NC; Owner: SUTTON RADIOCASTING CORPORATION)
  • W237AR (95.3 FM; HAZELWOOD, ETC., NC; Owner: WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • WWCU (90.5 FM; CULLOWHEE, NC; Owner: WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY)
  • WFQS (91.3 FM; FRANKLIN, NC; Owner: WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • WKSF (99.9 FM; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • W220CD (91.9 FM; ENKA, NC; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • WHLC (104.5 FM; HIGHLANDS, NC; Owner: CHARISMA RADIO CORP.)
  • W269AY (101.7 FM; HIGHLANDS, NC; Owner: WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • W209AE (89.7 FM; CULLOWHEE, ETC., NC; Owner: WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • W277AL (103.3 FM; HIGHLANDS, NC; Owner: CHARISMA RADIO CORPORATION)
  • WQNS (104.9 FM; WAYNESVILLE, NC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WCVP-FM (95.9 FM; ROBBINSVILLE, NC; Owner: CHEROKEE BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WESC-FM (92.5 FM; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WMYI (102.5 FM; HENDERSONVILLE, NC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • W218AD (91.5 FM; BREVARD, NC; Owner: WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • WRBN (104.1 FM; CLAYTON, GA; Owner: SUTTON RADIOCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WMIT (106.9 FM; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLUE RIDGE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WNCW (88.7 FM; SPINDALE, NC; Owner: ISOTHERMAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • WIVK-FM (107.7 FM; KNOXVILLE, TN; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WWST (102.1 FM; SEVIERVILLE, TN; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)

TV broadcast stations around Forest Hills:

  • W23AF (Channel 23; CULLOWHEE, NC; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • W50AB (Channel 50; HIAWASSEE, GA; Owner: GEORGIA PUBLIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION)
  • WHNS (Channel 21; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: MEREDITH CORPORATION)
  • WASV-TV (Channel 62; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL BROADCASTING OF SOUTH CAROLINA HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • W56AG (Channel 56; FRANKLIN, ETC., NC; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • W51CK (Channel 51; TALBERT, KY; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • WYFF (Channel 4; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: WYFF HEARST-ARGYLE TELEVISION, INC.)
  • W09AF (Channel 9; SYLVA, ETC., NC; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL BROADCASTING OF SO. CAROLINA HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • W02AF (Channel 2; SYLVA, ETC., NC; Owner: WYFF HEARST-ARGYLE TELEVISION, INC.)
  • W66BU (Channel 66; SYLVA, NC; Owner: MEREDITH CORPORATION)
  • W24AU (Channel 24; CASHIERS, NC; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA)

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (88%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (5%)
  • Wood (1%)

Forest Hills compared to North Carolina state average:

  • Median house value above state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.
  • Number of rooms per house above state average.
  • Number of college students significantly above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly above state average.

Forest Hills on our top lists:

  • #22 on the list of "Top 100 cities with highest percentage of college students"
  • #6 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Ozone (1-hour) air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
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