Forest City is a city in Hancock and Winnebago counties in the U.S. state of Iowa, and the county seat of Winnebago County. The population was 4,151 in the 2010 census, a decline from the 4,362 population in 2000.
Forest City was platted in 1856. It was incorporated as a city on June 14, 1878.
Forest City's longitude and latitude coordinates
in decimal form are 43.262077, -93.640302.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.64 square miles (12.02 km2), all land.
At the 2010 census there were 4,151 people, 1,686 households, and 1,008 families living in the city. The population density was 894.6 inhabitants per square mile (345.4/km2). There were 1,909 housing units at an average density of 411.4 per square mile (158.8/km2). The racial makup of the city was 94.9% White, 1.5% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.3% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.0%.
Of the 1,686 households 26.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.1% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.2% were non-families. 34.0% of households were one person and 14.4% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.84.
The median age was 38.6 years.