Forestdale, AL Profile: Facts & Data


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Forestdale, Alabama - Basic Facts

The Forestdale CDP(1) had a population of 10,194 as of July 1, 2023. Forestdale ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Alabama. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Forestdale is located at latitude 33.5701 and longitude -86.8964 in Jefferson County. The formal boundaries for the Forestdale Census Designated Place encompass a land area of 6.87 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Jefferson County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6).

The Forestdale Census Designated Place has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

Alabama is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The Forestdale Census Designated Place is located within Birmingham Division of Jefferson County.

  1. A Census Designated Place (CDP) is a statistical counterpart to a self-governing (incorporated) place such as a city, town, or village. A CDP is not a legal entity and has no governmental functions.

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Forestdale, AL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2023)


Total Population 10,194 (100%)
Population in Households 10,194 (100.0%)
Population in Families 8,687 (85.2%)
Population in Group Quarters1 0
Population Density 1,511
Diversity Index2 40


Median Household Income $58,690
Average Household Income $79,628
% of Income for Mortgage4 16%
Per Capita Income $32,198
Wealth Index5 71
Socioeconomic Status Index6 Moderate (47.8)


Total HU (Housing Units) 4,426 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,235 (73.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 887 (20.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 304 ( 6.9%)
Median Home Value $151,342
Average Home Value $189,954
Housing Affordability Index3 166


Total Households 4,122
Average Household Size 2.47
Family Households 2,861
Average Family Size 3.00
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.
  6. The Socioeconomic Index ranges from zero (lowest relative status) to 100 (highest relative status). This measure quantifies disparities in social position of an area's inhabitants and is built from a broad range of demographic, housing, and socioeconomic inputs. More information on this measure can be found in Esri's SEI tutorial.


2020-2023 2023-2028
Population -0.64% -0.21%
Households -0.16% -0.11%
Families   -0.12%
Median Household Income   3.29%
Per Capita Income   3.46%
Owner Occupied HU   0.09%

Forestdale, AL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Forestdale to the other 593 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Alabama by rank and percentile using July 1, 2023 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 # 67 89th
Population Density # 23 96th
Median Household Income # 156 74th
Housing Affordability Index # 434 73rd
Per Capita Income # 182 69th
Diversity Index # 303 49th

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