Forrest City, Arkansas

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Forrest City is a city in and the county seat of St. Francis County, Arkansas, United States.[1] It was named for General Nathan Bedford Forrest, who used the location as a campsite for a construction crew completing a railroad between Memphis and Little Rock, shortly after the Civil War. The population was 14,774 at the 2000 census, with an estimated population of 14,078 in 2006.[2]



Forrest City is located at 35°0′36″N 90°47′19″W / 35.01°N 90.78861°W / 35.01; -90.78861 (35.010131, -90.788716).[3] Technically Forrest City is in northeast Arkansas using standard navigational methods.[citation needed]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.3 square miles (42.2 km²), of which, 16.3 square miles (42.1 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.37%) is water.

Forrest City is located on Crowley's Ridge, a geological phenomenon that rises above the flat Mississippi Delta terrain that surrounds it. This north-south running highland is some three miles wide and 300 feet above sea level. Several species of trees not indigenous to Arkansas are found here, including beech, butternut, sugar maple, and cucumber trees.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 14,774 people, 4,581 households, and 3,165 families residing in the city. The population density was 908.7 people per square mile (350.8/km²). There were 5,164 housing units at an average density of 317.6/sq mi (122.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 35.52% White, 60.93% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.74% Asian, 0.30% from other races, and 2.31% from two or more races. 8.26% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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