Forest City, NC

Forest City, situated in Rutherford County, is a town made up of 8.2 square miles.

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Forest City is home to many historic districts, such as: the Alexander Manufacturing Company Mill Village, East Main Street, Cool Springs High School, Forest City Baptists Church, and the James Dexter Ledbetter House.  


The median resident age in Forest City is 36 years. The median estimated household income is about $27,000 making it about $19,000 less than the North Carolina average.  

The estimated per capita is about $14,000. The average price for a home in Forest City is about $86,000 (2015) which is $74,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $600 a month for rent. 

The racial makeup of Forest City is 59% White, 28% Black, 1% Two or more races, and 12% other. 74% of the population are high school graduates, with 13% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher.  

40% are married, 12% are divorced, 8% are separated, 8% are widowed, leaving 32% that have never been married.

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Rutherford County

Chimney Rock belongs to Rutherford County in the western part of North Carolina. The County, named after Griffith Rutherford, encompasses the Forest City, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Rutherford County has a population of 68,000 and the city Rutherfordton, with a population of 4,200, is the county seat.

In 1779, the county was formed from parts of Tyron County. In 1776 Griffith Rutherford lead an expedition against the Cherokee, and was a general in the American Revolutionary War.

Rutherford County borders Buncombe, Henderson, Polk, Cherokee (South Carolina), Spartanburg (South Carolina), Cleveland, Burke, and McDowell counties.

Rutherford County is made up of 566 square miles. 564 of which is land with the remaining 2 as water.


The population of Forest City, NC is about 7,500. The population has been steadily decreasing since the 1980's.


The elevation of Forest City, NC is 1,047 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Forest City, NC is 28043.

Area Code

The area code for Forest City, NC is 828.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Forest City and Rutherford County have voted mostly Republican, with 66% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election.

This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 26% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 72% are Protestants with Catholics and other religions making up around 2%.


The unemployment rate for Forest City is about 7% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%.

Production, sales, management, and finance make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Digital Courier and The RC Catalyst are the primary newspapers that cover the Rutherford County area.