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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    A-
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    B
Forest Acres is a suburb of Columbia with a population of 10,466. Forest Acres is in Richland County and is one of the best places to live in South Carolina. Living in Forest Acres offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Forest Acres there are a lot of parks. Many young professionals and retirees live in Forest Acres and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Forest Acres are highly rated.
About Forest Acres...
Population
10,466

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$185,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$891
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    24%
  • Own
    76%
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Forest Acres Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    398
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    38
    41
  • Robbery
    123
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    947
    500
  • Theft
    4,734
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    331
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    24%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    34%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    9%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

Working in Forest Acres

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$62,008
National
$55,322
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Forest Acres Reviews

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I've grown up in Forest Acres my whole life and I love everything about it. The community is really close together and you see people all the time that you already know, everyone is nice and friendly to each other. Even though we are a suburb of Columbia, I feel like Forest Acres is its only little community separate from everything else. The neighborhoods are always taken care of, the businesses around here are top notch and the food is always on point, no matter where you go. I am beyond proud to call this place my hometown, there is no other place like Forest Acres, it is truly home to me.
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I have lived in Forest Acres my entire life and I absolutely love it. It is the perfect place to raise a family. I leave for college in a few weeks and I am so sad that I have to leave such an incredible place. The shopping and dining are excellent and there is always a community event to go to. The schools in the area are stellar and I would not be who I am today if it hadn't have been for the my teachers and the overall community.
I live in Forest Acres, and it is the most wonderful neighborhood you can live in. Very diverse, affordable, and has an amazing community. Has a lot of community events that everyone is invited to. A lot of private and public schools are either in or near Forest Acres; very large choice of schools and all schools are top-notch.