Forest Heights Profile


Forest Heights is a very small town located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 2,517 people and just one neighborhood—though bisected by Indian Head Highway / MD Route 210 (a continuance of South Capitol Avenue from within the District of Columbia) - Forest Heights is the 180th largest community in Maryland. Forest Heights is a stone's throw from the Washington, DC line on its northern border, and aligned at its southern border with the Capital Beltway (Interstate 495).

Occupations and Workforce

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Forest Heights is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Forest Heights is a town of sales and office workers, service providers and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Forest Heights who work in office and administrative support (17.40%), sales jobs (10.33%) and food service (8.89%).

Also of interest is that Forest Heights has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Setting & Lifestyle

One downside of living in Forest Heights, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 36.60 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Even though Forest Heights is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the subway for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

Forest Heights Demographics

The population of Forest Heights overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Forest Heights, 23.70% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Forest Heights in 2010 was $30,305, which is middle income relative to Maryland, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $121,220 for a family of four. However, Forest Heights contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Forest Heights is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Forest Heights home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Forest Heights residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Forest Heights also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.28% of the town's residents. Important ancestries of people in Forest Heights include German, Asian and U.S. Virgin Islander.

The most common language spoken in Forest Heights is English. Other important languages spoken here include Tagalog and Spanish.

In combination with its close proximity to the borders of our nation's capitol, the National Harbor region and the Woodrow Wilson Bridge crossing the Potomac River into Virginia, Forest Heights is certainly One Community, Many Cultures.

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