Forest City, North Carolina

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Forest City, formerly known as "Burnt Chimney,"[3] is a town in Rutherford County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 7,549 as of the 2000 census.



Forest City is located at 35°19′52″N 81°52′12″W / 35.33111°N 81.87°W / 35.33111; -81.87 (35.331128, -81.870107)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 8.2 square miles (21.3 km²), of which 8.2 square miles (21.3 km²) are land and 0.04 square mile (0.1 km²) (0.24%) is water.

In 1999, Alexander Mills merged with and became a part of Forest City.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 7,549 people, 3,245 households, and 2,028 families residing in the town. The population density was 918.6 people per square mile (354.6/km²). There were 3,638 housing units at an average density of 442.7/sq mi (170.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 67.37% White, 28.83% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.77% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 1.38% from other races, and 1.32% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.72% of the population.

There were 3,245 households out of which 27.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.5% were married couples living together, 19.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.5% were non-families. 33.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.90.

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