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The Forestdale CDP(1) had a population of 10,250 as of July 1, 2022. 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 elevation is 640 feet.

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, 2022)


Total Population 10,250 (100%)
Population in Households 10,174 (99.3%)
Population in Families 8,507 (83.0%)
Population in Group Quarters1 76 ( 0.7%)
Population Density 1,519
Diversity Index2 40


Median Household Income $61,199
Average Household Income $81,303
% of Income for Mortgage4 13%
Per Capita Income $32,838
Wealth Index5 74


Total HU (Housing Units) 4,395 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,223 (73.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 899 (20.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 273 ( 6.2%)
Median Home Value $154,742
Average Home Value $195,732
Housing Affordability Index3 196


Total Households 4,122
Average Household Size 2.47
Family Households 2,840
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.


2020-2022 2022-2027
Population -0.68% -0.39%
Households -0.23% -0.29%
Families   -0.31%
Median Household Income   2.90%
Per Capita Income   3.50%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.17%

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, 2022 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 # 66 89th
Population Density # 21 97th
Median Household Income # 121 80th
Housing Affordability Index # 399 67th
Per Capita Income # 142 76th
Diversity Index # 294 50th

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