Forest Hills, North Carolina

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Population in 2019: 374 (95% urban, 5% rural).
Population change since 2000: +13.3%
 
Males: 207  (55.5%)
Females: 167  (44.5%)
Median resident age:

39.9 years
North Carolina median age:

39.1 years

Zip codes: 28723.

Estimated median household income in 2019: $72,762 (it was $45,000 in 2000)
Forest Hills:

$72,762
NC:

$57,341

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $36,617 (it was $25,949 in 2000)

Forest Hills village income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $276,192 (it was $133,800 in 2000)
Forest Hills:

$276,192
NC:

$193,200

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $274,571; detached houses: $272,112

Median gross rent in 2019: $790.

March 2019 cost of living index in Forest Hills: 82.1 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 23.0%
(20.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for Black residents, 100.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 100.0% for other race residents, 81.3% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Forest Hills, NC (2019)
    • 29795.8%White alone
    • 41.3%Two or more races
    • 41.3%Hispanic
    • 20.6%Black alone

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

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Ancestries: American (44.8%), Irish (9.3%), English (8.7%), German (8.2%), Scotch-Irish (6.0%), Scottish (4.4%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated in 1997

Land area: 0.50 square miles.

Population density: 750 people per square mile   (low).

Forest Hills, North Carolina map

9 residents are foreign born (0.6% Latin America).

This village:

2.9%
North Carolina:

8.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $1,016 (0.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $1,103 (0.4%)

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 )

Latitude: 35.30 N, Longitude: 83.19 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 828

Distribution of median household income in Forest Hills, NC in 2019
Distribution of house value in Forest Hills, NC in 2019
Forest Hills satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2003: 1 building, cost: $200,000
Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

5.3%
North Carolina:

6.1%
Most common industries in Forest Hills, NC (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Educational services (45.8%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (6.3%)
  • Accommodation & food services (6.3%)
  • Health care (5.6%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (4.2%)
  • Construction (4.2%)
  • Clothing & accessories, including shoe, stores (4.2%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Educational services (41.6%)
  • Accommodation & food services (11.7%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (7.8%)
  • Health care (6.5%)
  • Construction (5.2%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (5.2%)
  • Wood products (2.6%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Educational services (50.8%)
  • Clothing & accessories, including shoe, stores (9.2%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (7.7%)
  • Publishing, motion picture & sound recording industries (6.2%)
  • Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, similar organizations (6.2%)
  • Health care (4.6%)
  • Private households (4.6%)
Most common occupations in Forest Hills, NC (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Postsecondary teachers (20.4%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (8.5%)
  • Entertainers and performers, sports, and related workers (7.0%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (6.3%)
  • Cashiers (5.6%)
  • Religious workers (4.2%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4.2%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Postsecondary teachers (27.3%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (14.3%)
  • Entertainers and performers, sports, and related workers (9.1%)
  • Fishing, hunting, and forestry occupations (7.8%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (7.8%)
  • Computer specialists (5.2%)
  • Other protective service workers, including supervisors (3.9%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (13.8%)
  • Postsecondary teachers (12.3%)
  • Cashiers (9.2%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (9.2%)
  • Social scientists and related workers (6.2%)
  • Religious workers (6.2%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (6.2%)

Average climate in Forest Hills, North Carolina

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 67.3. This is about average.

City:

67.3
U.S.:

74.2
Sulfur Dioxide Level

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2015 was 0.382. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 5.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.382
U.S.:

1.789
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 30.0. This is about average. Closest monitor was 15.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

30.0
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 7.69. This is about average. Closest monitor was 12.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

7.69
U.S.:

8.46

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 significantly above North Carolina state average. It is 44% greater 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 Forest Hills center
On 8/9/2020 at 12:07:37, a magnitude 5.1 (5.1 MW, Depth: 4.7 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 143.1 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 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) 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) earthquake occurred 148.9 miles away from Forest Hills center
On 8/23/2011 at 17:51:04, a magnitude 5.8 (5.8 MW, Depth: 3.7 mi) earthquake occurred 343.2 miles away from Forest Hills 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 (10) is smaller than the US average (15).
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, Other: 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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Jackson 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 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

For population 15 years and over in Forest Hills:

Marital status in Forest Hills, NC
  • Never married: 33.6%
  • Now married: 49.0%
  • Separated: 0.7%
  • Widowed: 5.0%
  • Divorced: 11.8%

For population 25 years and over in Forest Hills:

  • High school or higher: 100.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 73.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 46.2%
  • Unemployed: 12.3%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 16.8 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.6
North Carolina average:

11.8

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

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

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
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
This county:

1.93 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

2.05 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Jackson County:

0.28 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

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

0.55 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

5.51 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

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

9.93 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

7.57 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Jackson County:

11.0%
North Carolina:

9.8%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

28.0%
State:

28.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Jackson County:

18.9%
North Carolina:

15.6%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Forest Hills:

51.9%
State:

48.9%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Here:

50.4%
North Carolina:

46.1%

Average BMI:
Forest Hills:

28.6
North Carolina:

28.8

People feeling badly about themselves:
Forest Hills:

17.3%
North Carolina:

20.7%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

16.7%
North Carolina:

10.7%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Here:

6.7
North Carolina:

6.8

Overweight people:
Forest Hills:

42.9%
North Carolina:

33.7%

General health condition:
Forest Hills:

56.7%
North Carolina:

55.8%

Average condition of hearing:
Forest Hills:

83.2%
North Carolina:

79.7%

More about Health and Nutrition of Forest Hills, NC Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2017)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other and Unallocable 0$0 0$0
Totals for Government 0$0 0$0

Forest Hills government finances - Expenditure in 2017 (per resident):

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $106,000 ($283.42)
    Transit Utilities: $7,000 ($18.72)
  • Current Operations - Central Staff Services: $19,000 ($50.80)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $12,000 ($32.09)
    Regular Highways: $12,000 ($32.09)
    Financial Administration: $10,000 ($26.74)
    Local Fire Protection: $8,000 ($21.39)
    Police Protection: $6,000 ($16.04)
    Transit Utilities: $3,000 ($8.02)
    General - Other: $1,000 ($2.67)

Forest Hills government finances - Revenue in 2017 (per resident):

  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $0 ($0.00)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $12,000 ($32.09)
    General Local Government Support: $8,000 ($21.39)
  • Tax - Property: $52,000 ($139.04)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $22,000 ($58.82)

9.21% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($49,827 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.21%
North Carolina average:

7.88%

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 Swain County, NC  1.29% ($32,398 average AGI)
from Haywood County, NC  0.64% ($32,695)
from Buncombe County, NC  0.51% ($33,258)


8.45% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($39,423 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.45%
North Carolina average:

7.23%

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 Swain County, NC  1.10% ($27,191 average AGI)
to Haywood County, NC  0.76% ($34,031)
to Buncombe County, NC  0.55% ($51,831)

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)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 8Number of bridges
  • 33ft / 9.6mTotal length
  • 5,770Total average daily traffic
  • 376Total average daily truck traffic
  • 11,540Total future (year 2025) average daily traffic
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Forest Hills, NC
  • 80.9%Electricity
  • 12.8%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 3.2%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 2.1%Utility gas
  • 1.1%Wood
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Forest Hills, NC
  • 100.0%Electricity


Forest Hills compared to North Carolina 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 above state average.
  • Number of college students 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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