Forest Hills, Michigan

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Forest Hills is an unincorporated community in Kent County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is a census-designated place (CDP) for statistical purposes. The population was 20,942 at the 2000 census.

The Forest Hills CDP encompasses nearly all of Ada Township except the northeast corner and most of the northern half of Cascade Township.[3] The CDP includes most of the area served by the Forest Hills Public Schools district.[4]



Forest Hills community comprises parts of Ada Township, Cascade Township, Michigan, Grand Rapids Township, and Paris Township (now the city of Kentwood), although the statistical area of the CDP includes only portions of Ada and Cascade townships.

The Forest Hills area is most commonly associated with the Forest Hills Public Schools district which serves the area. The Forest Hills area has experienced significant growth since the 1950s when various small rural school districts were cobbled together to form a unified district, which now ranks as one of the best public school districts in the state of Michigan.

The area is known primarily as an upper-middle class bedroom community in suburban Grand Rapids.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the community has a total area of 50.8 square miles (131.5 km²), of which, 49.4 square miles (127.9 km²) of it is land and 1.4 square miles (3.5 km²) of it (2.70%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 20,942 people, 7,105 households, and 6,046 families residing in the community. The population density was 424.0 per square mile (163.7/km²). There were 7,371 housing units at an average density of 149.3/sq mi (57.6/km²). The racial makeup of the community was 95.28% White, 0.64% African American, 0.20% Native American, 2.63% Asian, 0.34% from other races, and 0.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.95% of the population.

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