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Forrest County, Mississippi (MS)

County population in 2016: 75,979 (70% urban, 30% rural); it was 72,604 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 10,168
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 6,621
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 16,420
Renter-occupied apartments: 11,957 (it was 10,763 in 2000)
% of renters here:

40%
State:

30%

Land area: 467 sq. mi.

Water area: 3.6 sq. mi.

Population density: 163 people per square mile   (high).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Forrest County: 81.9 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (17.1%), Educational, health and social services (14.7%), Retail trade (13.7%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 62%
  • Government: 9%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 29%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Forrest County, Mississippi:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (57.0%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (37.3%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (3.1%)
  • Two or more races (1.5%)
  • Asian alone (0.9%)
Median resident age:  31.9 years
Mississippi median age:  37.2 years
Males: 35,478  (46.7%)
Females: 40,501  (53.3%)

Forrest County,MS real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Forrest County:

2.0 people
Mississippi:

3 people
Estimated median household income in 2016: $37,275 ($27,420 in 1999)

This county:

$37,275
Mississippi:

$41,754

Median contract rent in 2016 for apartments: $546 (lower quartile is $452, upper quartile is $704)
This county:

$546
State:

$560


Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $112,400 (it was $64,800 in 2000)
Forrest:

$112,400
Mississippi:

$113,900
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $71,100 - $193,200
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,126
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $372

Institutionalized population: 889
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 278 buildings, average cost: $109,500
  • 2008: 205 buildings, average cost: $126,500
  • 2009: 82 buildings, average cost: $119,400
  • 2010: 52 buildings, average cost: $147,800
  • 2011: 38 buildings, average cost: $170,900
  • 2012: 34 buildings, average cost: $293,100
  • 2013: 66 buildings, average cost: $302,000
  • 2014: 54 buildings, average cost: $324,900

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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2016 Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2016: $1,340 (1.1%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $697 (0.9%)

Forrest County household income distribution in 2009 Forrest County home values distribution Forrest County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2016: 27.4%
Forrest County:

27.4%
Mississippi:

20.8%
(23.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 34.4% for Black residents, 32.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 41.8% for American Indian residents, 66.7% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 20.9% for other race residents, 31.9% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2016: 31.9 years old
(Males: 31.3 years old, Females: 33.0 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 38.8 years old, Black residents: 27.6 years old, American Indian residents: 29.9 years old, Asian residents: 27.6 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 23.1 years old, Other race residents: 31.5 years old)

Area name: Hattiesburg, MS MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Forrest County is $444 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $528 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $769 a month.

Cities in this county include: Hattiesburg, Petal, Glendale, Rawls Springs.

Forrest County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

2012 air pollution in Forrest County:

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 11.0 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Forrest County: Summers Poultry Farm (A), 3J Poultry Ranch (B), Bucking Spur Ranch (C), Rials Farms (D), Prisk Poultry Farms (E), Air Industrial Park (F), East Marion Community Center (G), Bass Poultry Farm (H), Tri - Community Volunteer Fire Department Station 3 (I), Tri - Community Volunteer Fire Department Station 4 (J), Tri - Community Volunteer Fire Department Station 5 (K), Tri - Community Volunteer Fire Department Station 1 (L), Star B Rest Personal Care Home (M), Southwest Marion Fire Department Sandy Hook (N), Pine Burr Volunteer Fire Department (O), Southwest Marion Fire Department (P), Southwest Marion Fire Department Foxworth (Q), Tri - Community Volunteer Fire Department Station 2 (R). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Forrest County include: New Union Church (A), Oak Grove Church (B), Pearl River Church (C), Pinebur Church (D), Pleasant Hill Church (E), Richland Creek Church (F), Rose Hill Church (G), Saint Marys Church (H), Saint Paul Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Capp Cemetery (1), New Zion Cemetery (2), Cook Cemetery (3), Old Broom Cemetery (4), Ford Cemetery (5), Fortenberry Cemetery (6), Singley Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Blue Lake (A), Black Lake (B), Spains Lake (C), Harper Lake (D), Yellow Lake (E), Lake Watts (F), Lake Bill Waller (G), Lake Columbia (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Clay Hill Creek (A), Big Creek (B), Graves Creek (C), Brushy Creek (D), Boggy Prong (E), Upper Little Creek (F), Twitty Creek (G), Turkey Branch (H), Cook Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Forrest County include: Marion County State Wildlife Management Area (1), Columbia Water Park (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Concordia Parish, Louisiana , Clay County, Georgia , Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana , Pearl River County , Perry County , Robertson County, Texas .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

5.9%
Mississippi:

5.9%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 10,506
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 89.1%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 24.9%

Number of foreign born residents: 2,984 (32.1% naturalized citizens)

Forrest County:

3.9%
Whole state:

2.0%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 2010 or later: 753
  • 2000 to 2009: 892
  • 1990 to 1999: 189
  • 1980 to 1989: 236
  • 1970 to 1979: 82
  • Before 1970: 157
Note: State values scaled to Forrest County population

Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.6 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 74.5%

Forrest County marital status for males Forrest County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 21,677
  • One, attached: 160
  • Two: 722
  • 3 or 4: 1,605
  • 5 to 9: 2,594
  • 10 to 19: 1,794
  • 20 to 49: 745
  • 50 or more: 456
  • Mobile homes: 3,098
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 36

Housing units in Forrest County with a mortgage: 8,628 (263 second mortgage, 775 home equity loan, 83 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 6,836

Here:

57.1% with mortgage
State:

50.1% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Forrest County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant33,77486
Mainline Protestant7,40522
Catholic6,6133
Other2,53213
Black Protestant86013
None23,750-
Forrest County Religion Details
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.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 17
Forrest County:

2.16 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.08 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
Here:

0.25 / 10,000 pop.
Mississippi:

0.24 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 5
This county:

0.64 / 10,000 pop.
Mississippi:

0.80 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 56
Forrest County:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.
Mississippi:

6.36 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 43
This county:

5.47 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.03 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Forrest County:

11.8%
Mississippi:

12.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Forrest County:

33.9%
State:

33.1%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

17.5%
State:

14.4%

Agriculture in Forrest County:

Average size of farms: 103 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $31,019
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $315.25
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 2.35%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 85.63%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $31,233
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 13.68%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $33,440
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 96.59%
Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 15.09
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 2.90%
Corn for grain: 154 harvested acres
Vegetables: 100 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 156 acres

Tornado activity:

Forrest County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Mississippi state average. It is 1411037.5 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 22 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 2/20/1961, a category 2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado injured 8 people and caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Forrest County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Mississippi state average. It is 83% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/24/1997 at 08:35:17, a magnitude 4.9 (4.8 MB, 4.2 MS, 4.9 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 119.0 miles away from Forrest County center
On 2/10/2006 at 04:14:22, a magnitude 5.3 (4.2 MB, 5.3 MS, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 244.1 miles away from the county center
On 9/10/2006 at 14:56:08, a magnitude 5.9 (5.9 MB, 5.5 MS, 5.8 MW, Depth: 8.7 mi) earthquake occurred 382.0 miles away from the county center
On 1/18/1999 at 07:00:53, a magnitude 4.8 (4.8 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 189.5 miles away from the county center
On 11/7/2004 at 11:20:21, a magnitude 4.4 (4.4 MB, 4.3 MW, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 124.1 miles away from Forrest County center
On 6/24/1975 at 11:11:36, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB) earthquake occurred 189.4 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Mississippi Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: March 09, 2016 to March 29, 2016, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4268: March 25, 2016, FEMA Id: 4268, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Mississippi Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding, Incident Period: February 10, 2013 to February 22, 2013, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4101: February 13, 2013, FEMA Id: 4101, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • Mississippi Tropical Storm Isaac, Incident Period: August 26, 2012 to September 11, 2012, Emergency Declared EM-3348: August 28, 2012, FEMA Id: 3348, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm
  • Mississippi Hurricane Isaac, Incident Period: August 26, 2012 to September 11, 2012, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4081: August 29, 2012, FEMA Id: 4081, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Mississippi Hurricane Gustav, Incident Period: August 28, 2008 to September 08, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1794: September 22, 2008, FEMA Id: 1794, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Mississippi Hurricane Katrina, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 14, 2005, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1604: August 29, 2005, FEMA Id: 1604, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Mississippi Hurricane Katrina, Incident Period: August 27, 2005 to October 14, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3213: August 28, 2005, FEMA Id: 3213, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Mississippi Hurricane Dennis, Incident Period: July 10, 2005 to July 15, 2005, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1594: July 10, 2005, FEMA Id: 1594, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Mississippi Tornadoes and Severe Storms, Incident Period: February 16, 2001 to March 15, 2001, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1360: February 23, 2001, FEMA Id: 1360, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado
  • Mississippi Hurricane Georges, Incident Period: September 28, 1998 to October 05, 1998, Emergency Declared EM-3132: September 28, 1998, FEMA Id: 3132, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • 8 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Forrest County (18) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 14
Emergencies Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 9, Floods: 6, Storms: 6, Tornadoes: 5, Drought: 1, Freeze: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Mudslide: 1, Tropical Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers in 2016 (%)

Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (23%)
  • Educational services (18%)
  • Accommodation and food services (14%)
  • Retail trade (10%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (4%)
  • Health care and social assistance (24%)
  • Educational services (20%)
  • Accommodation and food services (15%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (4%)
Most common occupations in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Transportation occupations (10%)
  • Production occupations (10%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (9%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (9%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (9%)
  • Sales and related occupations (8%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (7%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (16%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (15%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (11%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (8%)
  • Management occupations (6%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Mexico (30%)
  • India (9%)
  • Other Northern Africa (6%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (5%)
  • Vietnam (4%)
  • Japan (3%)
  • Germany (3%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Forrest County (%):

  • American (16%)
  • Irish (5%)
  • English (5%)
  • German (3%)
  • Scotch-Irish (3%)
  • Scottish (2%)
  • French (except Basque) (1%)

Forrest County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 35,269 (83.2%)
  • Carpooled: 3,555 (8.4%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 86 (0.2%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 2,196 (5.2%)
  • Bicycle: 203 (0.5%)
  • Walked: 715 (1.7%)
  • Worked at home: 432 (1.0%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Forrest County, Mississippi in 2000:

  • 3,440 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 701 people in nursing homes
  • 364 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 280 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 232 people in military barracks, etc.
  • 160 people in state prisons
  • 97 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 72 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 20 people in other group homes
  • 18 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 14 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 6 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms
  • 4 people in schools, hospitals, or wards for the mentally retarded
  • 2 people in military transient quarters for temporary residents

People in group quarters in Forrest County, Mississippi in 2010:

  • 2,442 people in college/university student housing
  • 525 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 252 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 97 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 86 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 63 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 50 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 48 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 26 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 12 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $45,267.

10.22% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($28,208 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

10.22%
Mississippi average:

6.70%


0.05% of residents moved from foreign countries ($146 average AGI)
Forrest County:

0.05%
Mississippi average:

0.04%

7.10% relocated from other counties in Mississippi ($17,841 average AGI)
3.07% relocated from other states ($10,222 average AGI)
Forrest County:

3.07%
Mississippi average:

2.79%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Lamar County, MS  2.38% ($27,369 average AGI)
from Jones County, MS  0.68% ($24,982)
from Harrison County, MS  0.32% ($24,122)
from Hinds County, MS  0.32% ($18,321)
from Covington County, MS  0.28% ($29,901)
from Perry County, MS  0.25% ($23,387)
from Marion County, MS  0.22% ($18,909)


10.08% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($28,241 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

10.08%
Mississippi average:

6.88%


0.05% of residents moved to foreign countries ($179 average AGI)
Forrest County:

0.05%
Mississippi average:

0.06%

6.89% relocated to other counties in Mississippi ($18,638 average AGI)
3.15% relocated to other states ($9,424 average AGI)
Forrest County:

3.15%
Mississippi average:

2.96%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Lamar County, MS  2.63% ($28,405 average AGI)
to Jones County, MS  0.59% ($32,412)
to Harrison County, MS  0.43% ($26,741)
to Perry County, MS  0.29% ($29,838)
to Hinds County, MS  0.28% ($25,329)
to Covington County, MS  0.25% ($24,710)
to Jackson County, MS  0.18% ($22,326)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 15.5
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 15.0

Births per 1000 population in Forrest County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.2
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 9.3

Deaths per 1000 population in Forrest County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 9.8
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 11.5

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Forrest County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 21.4%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 8.2%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Forrest County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Forrest County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 10,862 (8,111 aged, 2,751 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 3,032 (15%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Forrest County, Mississippi in 1999 - 2014:

  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (860)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (753)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (570)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (546)
  • Congestive heart failure (509)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (442)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (392)
  • Unspecified diabetes mellitus, without complications (315)
  • Septicaemia, unspecified (284)
  • Unspecified dementia (245)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 18%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 15%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 1.34
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 33,070
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 706
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 107,477

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,587
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 900
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 21

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 59
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 141

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 16

EPA green book nonattainment status in 2004-2006: 1

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 90.1. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of homicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 49.8
  • Other - 40.3

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 86.3. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 49.8
  • Other - 36.4

Household type by relationship:

Households: 75,979
  • In family households: 59,700 (8,391 male householders, 10,278 female householders)
    11,404 spouses, 22,648 children (21,039 natural, 145 adopted, 1,464 stepchildren), 1,393 grandchildren, 251 brothers or sisters, 882 parents, 2,739 other relatives, 1,714 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 12,375 (4,016 male householders (3,020 living alone)), 5,322 female householders (4,673 living alone)), 3,037 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 3,904

Size of family households: 7,844 2-persons, 4,278 3-persons, 4,351 4-persons, 899 5-persons, 680 6-persons, 617 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 7,693 1-person, 1,196 2-persons, 171 3-persons, 223 4-persons, 55 5-persons.

7,904 married couples with children.
7,616 single-parent households (712 men, 6,904 women).

96.1% of residents of Forrest speak English at home.
2.3% of residents speak Spanish at home (60% speak English very well, 18% speak English well, 13% speak English not well, 10% don't speak English at all).
0.6% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (61% speak English very well, 27% speak English well, 12% speak English not well).
0.5% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (50% speak English very well, 39% speak English well, 7% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).
0.3% of residents speak other language at home (54% speak English very well, 46% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $601,737,000 ($8,080 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $134,191,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $216,860,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $117,375,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $966,000
Federal grants: $122,046,000
Federal procurement contracts: $73,511,000 ($66,440,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $70,980,000 ($47,900,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $3,173,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $30,704,000
Federal Government insurance: $67,291,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 5,819
Here:

77 per 1000 residents
State:

78 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 3,760
Here:

50 per 1000 residents
State:

51 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +688
Here:

+9 per 1000 residents
State:

+4 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -117
Here -2 per 1000 residents
State -4 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Forrest County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 9.92 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.3
State:

6.1

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.7
State:

4.6

Year house built

  • 2014 or later: 858
  • 2010 to 2013: 1,109
  • 2000 to 2009: 5,613
  • 1990 to 1999: 4,324
  • 1980 to 1989: 2,828
  • 1970 to 1979: 6,528
  • 1960 to 1969: 3,879
  • 1950 to 1959: 3,710
  • 1940 to 1949: 2,239
  • 1939 or earlier: 1,799
Note: State values scaled to Forrest population
Rooms in houses/apartments in Forrest County, Mississippi
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Forrest County population
  • 1 room: 36
  • 2 rooms: 78
  • 3 rooms: 170
  • 4 rooms: 591
  • 5 rooms: 3,652
  • 6 rooms: 3,929
  • 7 rooms: 2,467
  • 8 rooms: 2,354
  • 9+ rooms: 2,187
  • 1 room: 259
  • 2 rooms: 611
  • 3 rooms: 1,584
  • 4 rooms: 3,121
  • 5 rooms: 3,888
  • 6 rooms: 1,226
  • 7 rooms: 1,299
  • 8 rooms: 380
  • 9+ rooms: 175
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Forrest County, Mississippi
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Forrest County population
  • no bedroom: 36
  • 1 bedroom: 78
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,540
  • 3 bedrooms: 10,059
  • 4 bedrooms: 3,244
  • 5+ bedrooms: 507
  • no bedroom: 336
  • 1 bedroom: 2,061
  • 2 bedrooms: 4,819
  • 3 bedrooms: 4,558
  • 4 bedrooms: 714
  • 5+ bedrooms: 55
Cars and other vehicles available in Forrest County, Mississippi in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Forrest County population
  • no vehicle: 595
  • 1 vehicle: 4,010
  • 2 vehicles: 7,095
  • 3 vehicles: 2,594
  • 4 vehicles: 854
  • 5+ vehicles: 316
  • no vehicle: 1,917
  • 1 vehicle: 5,780
  • 2 vehicles: 3,163
  • 3 vehicles: 1,336
  • 4 vehicles: 347
  • 5+ vehicles: 0

79% of Forrest County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 36% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 75% lived in Mississippi.

Forrest County:

78.7%
State average:

86.6%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 56,865
  • Other state: 15,985
  • Northeast: 1,520
  • Midwest: 3,765
  • South: 9,421
  • West: 1,279

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Forrest County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (56.3%)
  • Utility gas (37.7%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (5.1%)
  • Wood (1.1%)
  • No fuel used (0.4%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.2%)
  • Coal or coke (0.1%)
  • Electricity (82.9%)
  • Utility gas (16.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1.3%)
  • No fuel used (0.7%)
  • Wood (0.1%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 1,406
Here:

14.7%
Mississippi:

12.2%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 626
Here:

21.5%
Mississippi:

10.8%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 620
Here:

7.8%
Mississippi:

9.8%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Forrest County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Construction - Hospitals: $20,330,000
    General - Other: $2,241,000
  • Current Operations - Hospitals: $250,019,000
    General - Other: $10,424,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $4,837,000
    Regular Highways: $3,467,000
    Correctional Institutions: $2,578,000
    Police Protection: $2,231,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $2,107,000
    Financial Administration: $2,036,000
    Health - Other: $1,763,000
    General Public Buildings: $1,475,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,404,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,280,000
    Local Fire Protection: $537,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $268,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $219,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $125,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $4,358,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Libraries: $632,000
    Health - Other: $398,000
    Air Transportation: $199,000
    Parks and Recreation: $83,000
    General - Other: $76,000
    Central Staff Services: $18,000
    Other Higher Education: $0
  • Other Capital Outlay - Hospitals: $13,321,000
    General - Other: $340,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $249,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $137,376,000

Forrest County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - Hospital Public: $292,236,000
    All Other: $1,094,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education - Other: $115,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Lunch: $58,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Health and Hospitals: $470,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $3,872,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $1,580,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $704,000
    Sale of Property: $45,000
  • State Intergovernmental - All Other: $10,180,000
    Education: $3,458,000
    General Local Government Support: $1,846,000
    Highways: $950,000
    Health and Hospitals: $671,000
  • Tax - Property: $16,738,000
    Other License: $1,003,000

Forrest County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $83,273,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $76,222,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $10,166,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $3,115,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $1,420,000
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $1,250,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $170,000
  • Short Term Debt Outstanding - End of Fiscal Year: $42,062,000
    Beginning: $32,769,000

Forrest County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $2,020,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $66,862,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $8,231,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 2,666
  • Number of aged recipients: 201
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 2,465
  • Number of recipients under 18: 619
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 1,597
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 450
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 977
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 1,163
Forrest County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Forrest County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 17 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED306$130,585323$116,9071,147$132,694129$47,90720$1,000,400395$88,58084$31,452
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED14$92,07119$93,68467$112,34313$68,6150$05$72,60022$49,409
APPLICATIONS DENIED75$108,200104$71,981332$121,39298$19,5712$4,639,50037$85,81169$40,667
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN43$133,09357$111,895213$141,38510$43,7001$135,00027$74,77810$42,700
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS5$143,60017$86,82473$151,7818$50,0000$05$209,2007$57,429
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 12 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
D) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED38$164,44739$180,0513$118,3330$0
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED9$130,66718$166,2223$122,6670$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED5$190,4008$135,7501$68,0001$63,000
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN3$278,0004$193,0000$00$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS3$148,3334$177,5000$00$0

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most common first names in Forrest County, MS among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James62669.9 years
John52073.3 years
Mary50576.9 years
William47973.3 years
Robert39069.3 years
Willie32972.6 years
Charles29169.1 years
George24073.3 years
Annie22779.0 years
Thomas17569.0 years
Most common last names in Forrest County, MS among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith39173.8 years
Williams27072.0 years
Jones24174.2 years
Johnson20374.1 years
Brown20173.8 years
Davis16875.3 years
Lee16275.6 years
Clark13373.8 years
Jackson12475.1 years
Carter12372.5 years
Businesses in Forrest County, MS
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1Lane Furniture1
Ace Hardware1Lowe's1
Advance Auto Parts1Marriott2
Arby's1McDonald's5
AutoZone2Motel 61
Burger King2Nike1
Catherines1Olive Garden1
Chevrolet1Papa John's Pizza2
Chick-Fil-A1Payless1
Church's Chicken2Pizza Hut4
Comfort Inn1Popeyes2
Cracker Barrel1Quality1
Dairy Queen1Ramada2
Domino's Pizza2Rite Aid3
Econo Lodge1SONIC Drive-In2
FedEx13Sleep Inn1
Ford1Starbucks1
GNC1Subway7
GameStop1Super 81
Goodwill4Taco Bell2
H&R Block3Toyota1
Hardee's1U-Haul6
Honda1UPS5
IHOP1Waffle House2
Jimmy John's1Walgreens2
KFC1Walmart1
La Quinta1YMCA3
La-Z-Boy1

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  • #60 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents relocating to other counties in 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
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  • #70 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #72 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"