Forest Hills, NC

Forest Hills, situated in Jackson County, is a small town made up of .5 square miles.

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The area that would later become known as Forest Hills owned by David D. Davies as part of his estate in the latter part of the 19th century. The town was briefly known as the Cox Farm.  


The median resident age in Forest Hills is 26 years. The median estimated household income is about $68,000 making it about $20,000 more than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $29,000. The average price for a home in Forest Hills is about $290,000 (2015) which is $130,000 more than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $700 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Forest Hills is 89% White, 5% Hispanic, 1% Two or more races, and 5% other. 100% of the population are high school graduates, with 74% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 47% are married, 5% are divorced, 0% are separated, 3% are widowed, leaving 45% that have never been married.

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Jackson County

Forest Hills belongs to Jackson County in the western part of North Carolina. In 1851, Jackson County was formed from parts of Macon and Haywood counties. The county, named after Andrew Jackson, is part of the Cullowhee, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area. Jackson County has a population of 40,000 and its largest town Sylva, with a population of 2,600, is the county seat.

Jackson County borders Transylvania, Oconee (South Carolina), Macon, Haywood, and Swain counties.

Jackson County is made up of 495 square miles. 491 of which is land with the remaining 4 as water.


The population of Forest Hills, NC is about 380. The population has been steadily increasing since the 2000.


The elevation of Forest Hills, NC is 2,300 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Forest Hills, NC is 28723.

Area Code

The area code for Forest Hills, NC is 828.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Forest Hills and Jackson County have voted mostly Republican, with over 50% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous few elections, barring the 2008 and 1996 elections.

As of 2010, 53% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 43% are Protestants with Catholics and other religions making up around 4%.


The unemployment rate for Forest Hills is about 5% (2015), making it roughly equal to the state average of around 5%. Education, maintenance, and food preparation make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Forest Hills Times, The Digital Courier, The Sylva Herald, and Smoky Mountain News and are the primary newspapers that cover the Jackson County area.