Forest Park, Georgia

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Forest Park is a city in Clayton County, Georgia, United States. It is located approximately nine miles south of Atlanta[4] and is part of the Atlanta–Sandy SpringsMarietta Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 21,447 at the 2000 census. A July 1, 2008 U.S. Census Bureau estimate placed the population at 21,726.[1]

Forest Park's area historical tornado activity is 76% greater than the overall U.S. average.



Originally the third stop from Atlanta on the Macon and Western Railroad, the city was incorporated in 1908. The 1,465-acre (5.93 km2) Fort Gillem was founded nearby in 1941 and was annexed into the city in 1973.


Forest Park is located at 33°37′11″N 84°21′57″W / 33.619659°N 84.365782°W / 33.619659; -84.365782.[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.4 square miles (24.4 km²), of which, 9.4 square miles (24.3 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.43%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 21,447 people, 6,845 households, and 4,839 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,287.5 people per square mile (882.8/km²). There were 7,233 housing units at an average density of 771.5/sq mi (297.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 45.11% White, 37.39% African American, 0.50% Native American, 5.98% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 8.56% from other races, and 2.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 20.15% of the population.

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