Forest County, PA

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Population

7,388

1.4% decline

Median Age

39.2


Median Household Income

$37,106

1.4% growth

Poverty Rate

14.1%


Number of Employees

751

26.3% decline

Median Property Value

$91,000

6.31% growth

About

In 2017, Forest County, PA had a population of 7.39k people with a median age of 39.2 and a median household income of $37,106. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Forest County, PA declined from 7,493 to 7,388, a -1.4% decrease and its median household income grew from $36,594 to $37,106, a 1.4% increase.

The population of Forest County, PA is 59.7% White Alone, 30.8% Black or African American Alone, and 6.98% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Forest County, PA speak a non-English language, and 98.9% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Forest County, PA is $91,000, and the homeownership rate is 85.4%. Most people in Forest County, PA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 26 minutes. The average car ownership in Forest County, PA is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Forest County, PA employs 751 people. The largest industries in Forest County, PA are Health Care & Social Assistance (108 people), Public Administration (90 people), and Retail Trade (87 people), and the highest paying industries are Finance & Insurance ($41,250), Manufacturing ($39,167), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($36,667).

Median household income in Forest County, PA is $37,106. Males in Forest County, PA have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $49,502. The income inequality in Forest County, PA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.469, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$37,106

2017 value

± $3,313

1.4%

1 Year Growth

± 11.5%

Households in Forest County, PA have a median annual income of $37,106, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $36,594 in 2016, which represents a 1.4% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$67,039

Average Male Salary

± $1,040

$49,502

Average Female Salary

± $757

In 2017, full-time male employees in Pennsylvania made 1.35 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $61,450 ± $4,076

  2. White

    $51,412 ± $642

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $38,644 ± $21,965

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Pennsylvania workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.2 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Forest County, PA is from Pennsylvania.

0.469

2017 Wage GINI

0.469

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Pennsylvania was 0.469 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.19% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Pennsylvania was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Pennsylvania in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Pennsylvania across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 5301

  2. Census Tract 5302.01

  3. Census Tract 5303

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Forest County, PA was Census Tract 5301 with a value of $38,224, followed by Census Tract 5302.01 and Census Tract 5303, with respective values of $37,321 and $35,547.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Forest County, PA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 6 - 11

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

14.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Forest County, PA (404 out of 2.86k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 6 - 11, followed by Males 55 - 64 and then Males 6 - 11.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    386 ± 86

  2. Two Or More

    17 ± 72

  3. Hispanic

    3 ± 75

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Forest County, PA is White, followed by Two Or More and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

751

2017 Value

± 107

-26.3%

1 Year decline

± 29.3%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Forest County, PA declined at a rate of -26.3%, from 1.02k employees to 751 employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Forest County, PA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (99 people), Sales & Related Occupations (87 people), and Management Occupations (55 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Forest County, PA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Forest County, PA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (99 people), Sales & Related Occupations (87 people), and Management Occupations (55 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Forest County, PA has an unusually high number of residents working as Community & Social Service Occupations (2.41 times higher than expected), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (2.26 times), and Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (1.87 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Forest County, PA, by median earnings, are Business & Financial Operations Occupations ($66,875), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($51,750), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations ($50,313).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

751

2017 Value

± 107

-26.3%

1 Year decline

± 29.3%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Forest County, PA declined at a rate of -26.3%, from 1.02k employees to 751 employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Forest County, PA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (108 people), Public Administration (90 people), and Retail Trade (87 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Forest County, PA, though some of these residents may live in Forest County, PA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Forest County, PA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (108 people), Public Administration (90 people), and Retail Trade (87 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Forest County, PA has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (3.45 times higher than expected), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.93 times), and Public Administration (2.57 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Forest County, PA, by median earnings, are Finance & Insurance ($41,250), Manufacturing ($39,167), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($36,667).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Pennsylvania to other states, or from other states to Pennsylvania.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $83B

  2. $50.6B

  3. $49.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Pennsylvania product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $83B, followed by Coal-n.e.c. ($50.6B) and Pharmaceuticals ($49.7B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Pennsylvania products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$618B

2015 Value

$954B

Projected 2045 Value

54.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound Pennsylvania trade was $618B. This is expected to increase 54.4% to $954B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Pennsylvania trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Pennsylvania to other states, or from other states to Pennsylvania.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $61B

  2. $57.7B

  3. $33.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Pennsylvania domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New York with $61B, followed by New Jersey with $57.7B and Ohio and $33.1B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Pennsylvania shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

95.8% of the population of Forest County, PA has health coverage, with 23.2% on employee plans, 16.4% on Medicaid, 35.5% on Medicare, 17.9% on non-group plans, and 2.72% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Forest County, PA was $9,258 in 2014. This is a 4.29% increase from the previous year ($8,877).

Primary care physicians in Forest County, PA see 0 patients per year on average, which represents a 0% change from the previous year (0 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 0 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 3660 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Fayette County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (16%). Additionally, Clearfield County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

0 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Forest County, PA see an average of 0 patients per year. This represents a 0% change from the previous year (0 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$9,258

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,634

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,407

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,243

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Pennsylvania (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.29%, from $8,877 to $9,258.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

4.17%

Uninsured

23.2%

Employer Coverage

16.4%

Medicaid

35.5%

Medicare

17.9%

Non-Group

2.72%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Forest County, PA declined by 34.8% from 6.4% to 4.17%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Forest County, PA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 16% prevalence

  2. 13.4% prevalence

  3. 13.2% prevalence

Fayette County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Pennsylvania, at 16%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Pennsylvania by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Forest County, PA is home to a population of 7.39k people, from which 98.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 2.52% of Forest County, PA residents were born outside of the country (186 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Forest County, PA is composed of 4.41k White Alone residents (59.7%), 2.28k Black or African American Alone residents (30.8%), 516 Hispanic or Latino residents (6.98%), 113 Two or More Races residents (1.53%), 53 Asian Alone residents (0.717%), 13 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.176%), 9 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.122%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Forest County, PA are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

39

Median Native-Born Age

± 1.6

34

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 8

In 2017, the median age of all people in Forest County, PA was 39.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 39, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 34. But people in Forest County, PA are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Forest County, PA residents was 43.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.52%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

186 people

2.35%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

176 people

As of 2017, 2.52% of Forest County, PA residents (186 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Forest County, PA was 2.35%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. India

    81,562 ± 6,989 people

  2. China

    63,036 ± 6,149 people

  3. Mexico

    54,918 ± 5,741 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Pennsylvania was India, the natal country of 81,562 Pennsylvania residents, followed by China with 63,036 and Mexico with 54,918.

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Citizenship

98.9%

2017 Citizenship

99%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.9% of Forest County, PA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Forest County, PA was 99%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    4.41k ± 291

  2. Black or African American Alone

    2.28k ± 282

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    516 ± 113

In 2017, there were 1.94 times more White Alone residents (4.41k people) in Forest County, PA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.28k Black or African American Alone and 516 Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Forest County, PA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Forest County, PA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Forest County, PA was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Forest County, PA are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    294 ± 57

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    56 ± 39

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    51 ± 40

Forest County, PA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 5.25 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Forest County, PA was $91,000 in 2017, which is 0.418 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $85,600 to $91,000, a 6.31% increase. The homeownership rate in Forest County, PA is 85.4%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Forest County, PA have an average commute time of 26 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Forest County, PA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.

$37,106

Median Household Income

± $3,313

1.47k

Number of Households

± 152

In 2017, the median household income of the 1.47k households in Forest County, PA grew to $37,106 from the previous year's value of $36,594.

The following chart displays the households in Forest County, PA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $30k - $35k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$91,000

2017 Median

± $8,116

$85,600

2016 Median

± $6,173

In 2017, the median property value in Forest County, PA grew to to $91,000 from the previous year's value of $85,600.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Forest County, PA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Forest County, PA the largest share of households have a property value in the $50k - $60k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Forest County, PA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Forest County, PA the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

85.4%

2017 Homeownership

84.7%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 85.4% of the housing units in Forest County, PA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 84.7%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Forest County, PA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Forest County, PA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Forest County, PA have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

26 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Forest County, PA have a longer commute time (26 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 5.62% of the workforce in Forest County, PA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    80.2%

  2. Walked

    9.61%

  3. Carpooled

    5.15%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Forest County, PA was Drove Alone (80.2%), followed by those who Walked (9.61%) and those who Carpooled (5.15%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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