Forest Hills, MI Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Forest Hills, Michigan - Basic Facts

The Forest Hills Census Designated Place is a community or populated place (Class Code U5) located in Kent County at latitude 42.9601 and longitude -85.4896. Kent County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 630 feet.

The formal official name is the Forest Hills Census Designated Place, but most people and references simply refer to it as Forest Hills, Michigan.

The U5 Census Class Code for Forest Hills indicates a populated place that is also a census designated place with the same name.. The Census Designated Place has a Functional Status Code "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The formal boundaries for the Forest Hills Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 49.27 sq. miles and a water area of 1.53 sq. miles.

Forest Hills Census Designated Place, MI Boundary Map


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Forest Hills, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 26,929
Population in Households 26,903
Population in Familes 24,775
Population in Group Qrtrs 26
Population Density1 547
Diversity Index2 17


Total Households 9,435
Average Household Size 2.85
Family Households 7,786
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 9,573 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 8,731 (91.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 704 ( 7.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 138 ( 1.4%)
Median Home Value $265,496
Average Home Value $301,948


Median Household Income $106,265
Average Household Income $140,169
Per Capita Income $49,108
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.95% 1.13%
Households 1.15% 1.2%
Families 0.99% 1.11%
Median Household Income   3.26%
Per Capita Income   2.91%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Forest Hills, MI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Forest Hills to the other 692 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Michigan by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 43 94th
Population Density1 # 496 28th
Diversity Index2 # 294 58th
Median Household Income # 8 99th
Per Capita Income # 15 98th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Michigan Census Data Comparison Tool.