Forest City, Iowa
Forest City is a city in Hancock
Hancock County, Iowa
-2010 census:The 2010 census recorded a population of 11,341 in the county, with a population density of . There were 5,330 housing units, of which 4,741 were occupied.-2000 census:...

 and Winnebago
Winnebago County, Iowa
-2010 census:The 2010 census recorded a population of 10,866 in the county, with a population density of . There were 5,194 housing units, of which 4,597 were occupied.-2000 census:...

 Counties in the U.S. state
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 of Iowa
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, and the county seat
County seat
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 of Winnebago County. The population was 4,151 in the 2010 census, a decline from the 4,362 population in the 2000 census.

Forest City claims to be the smallest city in the United States with its own YMCA
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, thanks to the benevolence of John K. and Luise V. Hanson.


Forest City's longitude and latitude coordinates
in decimal form are 43.262077, -93.640302.

According to the United States Census Bureau
United States Census Bureau
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, the city has a total area of 4.2 square miles (10.8 km²), all land.


2010 census

The 2010 census recorded a population of 4,151 in the city, with a population density of . There were 1,909 housing units, of which 1,686 were occupied.

The racial makeup of the city in the 2010 census was 94.9% White American
White American
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, 1.6% African American
African American
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, 0.2% Native Americans in the United States
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, 1.3% Asian American
Asian American
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, 0.0% Native Hawaiians
Native Hawaiians
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 or Pacific Islander American
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, 0.5% other races and 1.5% were from two or more races. Of those 3.0% were Hispanic and Latino Americans
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2000 census

As of the census
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of 2000, there were 4,362 people, 1,692 households, and 1,084 families residing in the city. The population density
Population density
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 was 1,049.7 people per square mile (404.9/km²). There were 1,809 housing units at an average density of 435.3 per square mile (167.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.97% White, 0.57% African American, 0.07% Native American, 1.22% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.47% from other races
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, and 0.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.26% of the population.

There were 1,692 households out of which 32.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.1% were married couples
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 living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.9% were non-families. 31.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.3% under the age of 18, 14.7% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 95.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $40,031, and the median income for a family was $50,699. Males had a median income of $30,430 versus $21,883 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
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 for the city was $18,285. About 4.7% of families and 9.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.5% of those under age 18 and 9.1% of those age 65 or over.


The headquarters of Winnebago Industries
Winnebago Industries
Winnebago Industries Inc., , is a manufacturer of motor homes, a type of recreational vehicle or RV, in the United States. It is based in Forest City, Iowa.-Corporate history:...

, a manufacturer of motorhomes
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 founded by local resident John K. Hanson, is located in Forest City.


The Forest City Community School District operates a wind turbine
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 that provides 60% of the energy needs of elementary, middle, and high school.

Forest City is the home of Waldorf College
Waldorf College
Waldorf College, located in Forest City, Iowa, is a four-year liberal arts, for-profit college.Founded in 1903, the college was affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America until 2009, when, due to financial problems, the college was sold to for-profit Mayes Education, owner of...

 a private institution that was founded in 1903. Waldorf has a 27 acres campus and is a Lutheran-related residential college of liberal arts and sciences. Every student at Waldorf is issued a laptop computer for use during their college career.


The Forest City Municipal Airport
Forest City Municipal Airport
Forest City Municipal Airport is a public use airport in Hancock County, Iowa, United States. It is located two nautical miles south of the central business district of Forest City, a city in Hancock County and Winnebago County. The airport is owned by the City of Forest City. It serves general...

 located 2 miles south of the Forest City business district serves general aviation
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 in the area. The airport was activated in 1958 and
has two asphalt
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 paved runway
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s, one is 5,796 by 100 feet (1,767 x 30 m) and the other is 2,708 by 60 feet (825 x 18 m).

Notable people

  • Henry Teigan
    Henry Teigan
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     (1881–1941) a labor leader, editor and a U.S. Representative
    United States House of Representatives
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     from Minnesota
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  • Lute Barnes
    Lute Barnes
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     (b. 1947) played Major League Baseball
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     for the New York Mets
    New York Mets
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  • Mike Stensrud
    Mike Stensrud
    Michael Iver Stensrud is a former American football defensive lineman who played for five teams in eleven seasons in the National Football League. He wrestled for Lake Mills High School, winning the super heavy weight bracket in the state tournament...

     (b. 1956) American football
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     defensive lineman who played in the NFL
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