Forest, South Carolina

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Population in July 2007: 2,878.
Males: 1,463  (50.8%)
Females: 1,415  (49.2%)
Median resident age:

40.7 years
South Carolina median age:

35.4 years

Zip code: 29671

Estimated median household income in 2016: $53,011 (it was $41,935 in 2000)
Forest:

$53,011
SC:

$49,501

Estimated per capita income in 2016: $35,077 (it was $23,563 in 2000)

Forest CCD income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $143,606 (it was $85,100 in 2000)
Forest:

$143,606
SC:

$153,900

Mean prices in 2016: all housing units: $180,233; detached houses: $215,528; townhouses or other attached units: $264,847; in 2-unit structures: $54,628; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $98,726; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $88,502; mobile homes: $54,545
  • Races in Forest, SC (2000)
    • 2,65796.5%White alone
    • 361.3%Black alone
    • 210.8%Hispanic
    • 190.7%Two or more races
    • 140.5%American Indian alone
    • 50.2%Other race alone
    • 20.07%Asian alone

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

March 2016 cost of living index in Forest: 83.4 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Current Local Time: EST time zone

Land area: 113.8 square miles.

Population density: 25 people per square mile   (very low).

Forest, South Carolina map
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Forest CCD:

0.4% ($339)
South Carolina:

0.6% ($510)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Greenville, SC (23.0 miles , pop. 56,002).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Charlotte, NC (109.0 miles , pop. 540,828).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (540.9 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities:

Pickens, SC (3.0 miles ),
Rosman, NC (3.3 miles ),
Slater, SC (3.4 miles ),
Arial, SC (3.5 miles ),
Slater-Marietta, SC (3.7 miles ),
Six Mile, SC (3.8 miles ),
Easley, SC (3.9 miles ),
Liberty, SC (3.9 miles )
.

Latitude: 35.01 N, Longitude: 82.74 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 864

Distribution of median household income in Forest, SC in 2016
Forest satellite photo by USGS
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

3.2%
South Carolina:

3.3%
Most common industries in Forest, SC (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Educational services (10.3%)
  • Textile mills & textile products (7.5%)
  • Accommodation & food services (6.9%)
  • Construction (6.3%)
  • Health care (5.5%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (5.3%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (3.8%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (10.7%)
  • Textile mills & textile products (8.2%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (6.1%)
  • Utilities (5.5%)
  • Educational services (5.0%)
  • Truck transportation (4.7%)
  • Accommodation & food services (4.6%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Educational services (16.9%)
  • Health care (9.9%)
  • Accommodation & food services (9.8%)
  • Textile mills & textile products (6.5%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (6.2%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (4.2%)
  • Machinery (4.1%)
Most common occupations in Forest, SC (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (10.4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5.9%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (4.9%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (4.9%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (4.6%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (4.3%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.3%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (14.2%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (8.8%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7.6%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (6.3%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (6.1%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5.2%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (5.0%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (9.6%)
  • Teachers, preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school (7.0%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (7.0%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (5.7%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (4.2%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3.7%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (3.3%)

Average climate in Forest, South Carolina

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Forest, South Carolina average temperatures Forest, South Carolina average precipitation Forest, South Carolina humidity Forest, South Carolina wind speed Forest, South Carolina snowfall Forest, South Carolina sunshine Forest, South Carolina clear and cloudy days
Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI CO NO2 SO2 Ozone PM10 PM2.5 Pb
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 61.7. This is better than average.

City:

61.7
U.S.:

74.2
Carbon Monoxide Level

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2011 was 0.187. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 21.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.187
U.S.:

0.267
Nitrogen Dioxide Level

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2018 was 7.65. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 8.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

7.65
U.S.:

5.56
Sulfur Dioxide Level

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2018 was 0.154. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 8.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.154
U.S.:

1.789
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 22.5. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 10.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

22.5
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 12.3. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 21.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

12.3
U.S.:

19.6
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 6.56. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 21.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

6.56
U.S.:

8.46
Lead Level

Lead (Pb) [µg/m3] level in 2011 was 0.00369. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 20.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.00369
U.S.:

0.00984

Tornado activity:

Forest-area historical tornado activity is slightly below South Carolina state average. It is 6% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 3/27/1994, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 19.2 miles away from the Forest place center injured 37 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 5/27/1973, a category F3 tornado 24.0 miles away from the place center injured 40 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Forest-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above South Carolina state average. It is 82% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 79.7 miles away from Forest center
On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML) earthquake occurred 88.1 miles away from Forest 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 167.9 miles away from the city 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 231.2 miles away from Forest center
On 11/22/1974 at 05:25:55, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB) earthquake occurred 208.2 miles away from the city center
On 11/23/2006 at 10:42:57, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG) earthquake occurred 154.9 miles away from Forest 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 Pickens County (7) is smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 2
Emergencies Declared: 5

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 2, Drought: 1, Flood: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Storm: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Hospitals and medical centers near Forest:

  • MANNA HEALTH AND REHAB OF PICKENS, LLC (Nursing Home, about 9 miles away; PICKENS, SC)
  • REDEEMER HEALTH AND REHAB OF PICKENS, LLC (Nursing Home, about 9 miles away; PICKENS, SC)
  • DHEC REGION 2 HOME HEALTH SVS (Home Health Center, about 10 miles away; PICKENS, SC)
  • HOPE HEALTH AND REHAB OF MARIETTA, LLC (Nursing Home, about 14 miles away; MARIETTA, SC)
  • STROUD MEM (Nursing Home, about 14 miles away; MARIETTA, SC)
  • DSI EASLEY RENAL CENTER (Dialysis Facility, about 14 miles away; EASLEY, SC)
  • BAPTIST EASLEY HOSPITAL Acute Care Hospitals (about 14 miles away; EASLEY, SC)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Forest:

  • Furman University (about 18 miles; Greenville, SC; Full-time enrollment: 2,988)
  • North Greenville University (about 22 miles; Tigerville, SC; FT enrollment: 2,341)
  • Bob Jones University (about 24 miles; Greenville, SC; FT enrollment: 3,308)
  • Clemson University (about 24 miles; Clemson, SC; FT enrollment: 20,131)
  • Greenville Technical College (about 25 miles; Greenville, SC; FT enrollment: 9,859)
  • Tri-County Technical College (about 26 miles; Pendleton, SC; FT enrollment: 5,174)
  • Western Carolina University (about 29 miles; Cullowhee, NC; FT enrollment: 8,684)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Forest: Camp McCall (A), Camp Rocky Bottom (B), Rocky Bottom Camp for the Blind (C), Camp Adger (D), Vineyards Fire Department (E), Pumpkintown Fire Department (F), Holly Springs Fire Department (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Forest include: Rocky Bottom Baptist Church (A), Pleasant Grove Baptist Church (B), New Hope Baptist Church (C), Eastatoe Baptist Church (D), McKinney Chapel (E), Holly Springs Baptist Church (F), Antioch Baptist Church (G), Soapstone Church (H), Saluda Hill Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Eastatoe Cemetery (1), Lance Cemetery (2), Friendship Cemetery (3), Antioch Cemetery (4), Nimmons Cemetery (5), Rocky Bottom Cemetery (6), Pleasant Grove Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoirs: Reedy Cove Creek Lake (A), Toxaway Lake (B), Harris Pond (C), Lake Jocassee (D), Big Rock Lake (E), Garren Lake (F), Lake Jocasse (G), Table Rock Cove (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Eastatoe Creek (A), Duck Creek (B), Winnie Branch (C), Willis Creek (D), Smith Creek (E), Side-of-Mountain Creek (F), Weaver Creek (G), Rocky Bottom Creek (H), Rock Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Forest include: Table Rock State Park (1), Table Rock State Park Historic District (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Pickens County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential
Average household size:
This place:

2.5 people
South Carolina:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:

70.7%
Whole state:

70.3%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:

2.8%
Whole state:

4.6%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.4% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

9.8%
Whole state:

14.1%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

3.9%
Whole state:

6.5%
22 people in other noninstitutional group quarters in 2000

For population 15 years and over in Forest:

Marital status in Forest, SC
  • Never married: 15.8%
  • Now married: 73.2%
  • Separated: 0.9%
  • Widowed: 4.8%
  • Divorced: 6.2%

For population 25 years and over in Forest:

  • High school or higher: 78.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 23.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 6.1%
  • Unemployed: 3.2%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 32.1 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2000
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2000
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

12.1
South Carolina average:

13.2

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Forest, SC (based on Pickens County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant46,242147
Mainline Protestant9,64032
Catholic2,8683
Other9637
Black Protestant4755
None59,036-
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: 17
This county:

1.47 / 10,000 pop.
South Carolina:

1.99 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Pickens County:

0.09 / 10,000 pop.
South Carolina:

0.15 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 9
Pickens County:

0.78 / 10,000 pop.
South Carolina:

0.85 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 49
This county:

4.24 / 10,000 pop.
South Carolina:

5.38 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 85
Pickens County:

7.35 / 10,000 pop.
South Carolina:

7.75 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Pickens County:

9.3%
State:

10.6%
Adult obesity rate:
Pickens County:

27.3%
South Carolina:

29.4%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

12.8%
South Carolina:

13.4%

7.63% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($54,334 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.63%
South Carolina average:

7.95%

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

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Greenville County, SC  2.19% ($48,958 average AGI)
from Anderson County, SC  1.26% ($48,932)
from Oconee County, SC  0.63% ($57,460)


7.36% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($43,652 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.36%
South Carolina average:

6.98%

0.06% of residents moved to foreign countries ($134 average AGI)
Pickens County:

0.06%
South Carolina average:

0.07%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Greenville County, SC  1.89% ($43,429 average AGI)
to Anderson County, SC  1.43% ($45,702)
to Oconee County, SC  0.65% ($49,603)

Strongest AM radio stations in Forest:

  • WLFJ (660 AM; daytime; 50 kW; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WCSZ (1070 AM; 50 kW; SANS SOUCI, SC; Owner: WHYZ RADIO, L.P.)
  • WTBI (1540 AM; daytime; 10 kW; PICKENS, SC; Owner: TABERNACLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS)
  • WGCR (720 AM; daytime; 10 kW; PISGAH FOREST, NC; Owner: ANCHOR BAPTIST BROADCASTING ASSOCIATION)
  • WELP (1360 AM; 5 kW; EASLEY, SC)
  • WFGW (1010 AM; 50 kW; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLUE RIDGE BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WGVL (1440 AM; 5 kW; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WDAB (1580 AM; 5 kW; TRAVELERS REST, SC; Owner: DABNEY-ADAMSON BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WKJV (1380 AM; 25 kW; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: INTERNATIONAL BAPTIST OUTREACH MISSIONS)
  • WYRD (1330 AM; 5 kW; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: ENTERCOM GREENVILLE LICENSE, LLC)
  • WBCU (1460 AM; 50 kW; UNION, SC)
  • WJFJ (1160 AM; 10 kW; TRYON, NC; Owner: COLUMBUS BROADCAST CORPORATION, INC.)
  • WMUU (1260 AM; 5 kW; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: WMUU, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Forest:

  • WESC-FM (92.5 FM; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • W218AD (91.5 FM; BREVARD, NC; Owner: WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • WMYI (102.5 FM; HENDERSONVILLE, NC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WKSF (99.9 FM; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • W220CD (91.9 FM; ENKA, NC; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • WMUU-FM (94.5 FM; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: WMUU, INC.)
  • WEPR (90.1 FM; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: SOUTH CAROLINA EDUCATIONAL TV COMMISSION)
  • WSPA-FM (98.9 FM; SPARTANBURG, SC; Owner: ENTERCOM GREENVILLE LICENSE, LLC)
  • WFBC-FM (93.7 FM; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: ENTERCOM GREENVILLE LICENSE, LLC)
  • WLFJ-FM (89.3 FM; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: RADIO TRAINING NETWORK, INC.)
  • W237AR (95.3 FM; HAZELWOOD, ETC., NC; Owner: WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • WTPT (93.3 FM; FOREST CITY, NC; Owner: UPSTATE BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • WBZT-FM (96.7 FM; MAULDIN, SC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WJMZ-FM (107.3 FM; ANDERSON, SC; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • WHLC (104.5 FM; HIGHLANDS, NC; Owner: CHARISMA RADIO CORP.)
  • W269AY (101.7 FM; HIGHLANDS, NC; Owner: WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • WMIT (106.9 FM; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLUE RIDGE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WNCW (88.7 FM; SPINDALE, NC; Owner: ISOTHERMAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • W277AL (103.3 FM; HIGHLANDS, NC; Owner: CHARISMA RADIO CORPORATION)
  • WHZT (98.1 FM; SENECA, SC; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Forest:

  • WHNS (Channel 21; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: MEREDITH CORPORATION)
  • WYFF (Channel 4; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: WYFF HEARST-ARGYLE TELEVISION, INC.)
  • W50AB (Channel 50; HIAWASSEE, GA; Owner: GEORGIA PUBLIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION)
  • WASV-TV (Channel 62; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL BROADCASTING OF SOUTH CAROLINA HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • WBSC-TV (Channel 40; ANDERSON, SC; Owner: ANDERSON (WFBC-TV) LICENSEE, INC.)
  • WSPA-TV (Channel 7; SPARTANBURG, SC; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL BROADCASTING OF SO. CAROLINA HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • W22AC (Channel 22; HARTWELL & ROYSTON, GA; Owner: GEORGIA PUBLIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION)
  • W68DM (Channel 68; BREVARD, NC; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • WNTV (Channel 29; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: SOUTH CAROLINA EDUCATIONAL TV COMMISSION)
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Forest, SC
  • 41.1%Electricity
  • 37.3%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 11.1%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 7.6%Wood
  • 2.8%Utility gas
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Forest, SC
  • 37.4%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 29.6%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 17.4%Electricity
  • 11.3%Utility gas
  • 4.3%Wood


Forest compared to South Carolina state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
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