Forest Park, GA Demographics

Forest Park, located in Clayton County, was incorporated as the town of Forest Park in 1908. The city was named for the number of parks located in the town.

Attractions in Forest Park include the Atlanta State Farmer’s Market, hailed to be the nation’s largest open-air market open year round. Besides selling produce, the market sells flowers, shrubs, trees and gift items.

The Philadelphia Presbyterian Church, built in 1895 and located in Forest Park, is an historic monument that includes a tour of the sanctuary, genealogy library and original stained glass windows.

Forest Park is home to the Honorable Bill Lee, the longest serving state legislator in Georgia. Mr. Lee served in the State House of Representatives from 1957 to 1966 and from 1969 to 1999.

Forest Park is home to United States Army base Fort Gillem. Thousands of soldiers have trained at Fort Gillem. Fort Gillem has served as a supplier throughout World War II, the Korean Conflict, the Berlin Airlift, the Cuban missile Crisis and the Vietnam War.

Population (year 2000): 21,447. Estimated population in July 2005: 22,201 (+3.5% change)
Males: 11,030 (51.4%), Females: 10,417 (48.6%)

Zip codes: 30297.

Median resident age: 29.1 years
Median household income: $33,556 (year 2000)
Median house value: $69,600 (year 2000)

Races in Forest Park:

  • Black (37.4%)
  • White Non-Hispanic (35.2%)
  • Hispanic (20.2%)
  • Other race (8.6%)
  • Vietnamese (4.3%)
  • Two or more races (2.4%)
  • Other Asian (1.0%)
  • American Indian (1.0%)

(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)

Ancestries: United States (9.6%), Irish (4.1%), English (3.3%), German (2.7%), Scotch-Irish (1.1%).

Land area: 9.4 square miles

Population

For population 25 years and over in Forest Park

  • High school or higher: 64.8%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 6.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 1.9%
  • Unemployed: 7.1%
  • Mean travel time to work: 26.8 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Forest Park city

  • Never married: 32.6%
  • Now married: 46.4%
  • Separated: 4.0%
  • Widowed: 5.6%
  • Divorced: 11.3%

21.2% Foreign born (15.5% Latin America, 5.5% Asia).

Population change in the 1990s: +3,961 (+22.7%).

Hospitals

Hospitals/medical centers near Forest Park:

  • SOUTHERN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER (about 6 miles; RIVERDALE, GA)
  • SOUTH FULTON MEDICAL CENTER (about 7 miles; EAST POINT, GA)
  • ANCHOR HOSPITAL (about 9 miles; COLLEGE PARK, GA)

Airports

Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Forest Park:

  • THE WILLIAM B HARTSFIELD ATLANTA INTL (about 4 miles; ATLANTA, GA; ID: ATL)
  • DOBBINS AIR RESERVE BASE (about 22 miles; MARIETTA, GA; ID: MGE)
  • RICHARD B RUSSELL (about 74 miles; ROME, GA; ID: RMG)

Other public-use airports nearest to Forest Park:

  • FULTON COUNTY AIRPORT-BROWN FIELD (about 15 miles; ATLANTA, GA; ID: FTY)
  • BERRY HILL (about 15 miles; STOCKBRIDGE, GA; ID: 4A0)
  • CLAYTON COUNTY – TARA FIELD (about 17 miles; HAMPTON, GA; ID: 4A7)

Amtrak station near Forest Park:

  • 13 miles: ATLANTA (1688 PEACHTREE ST. NW). Services: ticket office, partially wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, vending machines, paid short-term parking, paid long-term parking, taxi stand, public transit connection.

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/Universities in Forest Park:

  • BEAUTY COLLEGE OF AMERICA (Full-time enrollment: 59; Location: 1171 MAIN ST; Private, for-profit)
  • ARNOLD-PADRICKS UNIVERSITY OF COSMETOLOGY (FT enrollment: 58; Location: 4971 COURTNEY DR; Private, for-profit; Website: www.arnold-padricks.com)

Colleges and Universities

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

  • CLAYTON COLLEGE AND STATE UNIVERSITY (about 4 miles; MORROW, GA; Full-time enrollment: 2,953)
  • ATLANTA TECHNICAL COLLEGE (about 9 miles; ATLANTA, GA; FT enrollment: 2,207)
  • GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY (about 10 miles; ATLANTA, GA; FT enrollment: 17,302)
  • GEORGIA PERIMETER COLLEGE (about 10 miles; DECATUR, GA; FT enrollment: 8,213)
  • CLARK ATLANTA UNIVERSITY (about 11 miles; ATLANTA, GA; FT enrollment: 4,652)
  • MOREHOUSE COLLEGE (about 11 miles; ATLANTA, GA; FT enrollment: 2,867)
  • MORRIS BROWN COLLEGE (about 11 miles; Atlanta, GA; FT enrollment: 2,708)

Schools

Public high school in Forest Park:

  • FOREST PARK HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,567; Location: 5452 PHILLIPS DRIVE; Grades: 09 – 12)

Private high school in Forest Park:

  • FOREST PK CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 250; Location: 5881 PHILLIPS DRIVE; Grades: PK – 12)

Public primary/middle schools in Forest Park:

  • BABB MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 1,120; Location: 5500 REYNOLDS ROAD; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • FOREST PARK MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 736; Location: 930 FINLEY DRIVE; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • HUIE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 708; Location: 1260 ROCK CUT ROAD; Grades: PK – 05)
  • FOUNTAIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 584; Location: 5215 WEST STREET; Grades: PK – 05)
  • EDMONDS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 468; Location: 4495 SIMPSON ROAD; Grades: PK – 05)
  • HENDRIX DRIVE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 354; Location: 4475 HENDRIX DRIVE; Grades: PK – 05)
  • SOUTH METRO PSYCHOEDUCATIONAL PROGRAM (Location: 5277 ASH STREET; Grades: 00 – 00)
  • SOUTH METRO PSYCHOEDUCATIONAL PROGRAM (Location: 5277 ASH STREET; Grades: 00 – 00)
  • SOUTH METRO PSYCHOEDUCATIONAL PROGRAM (Location: 5277 ASH STREET; Grades: 00 – 00)
  • SOUTH METRO PSYCHOEDUCATIONAL PROGRAM (Location: 5277 ASH STREET; Grades: 00 – 00)