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Welcome to Forreston ...

The village of Forreston is located in Ogle County<1>.

The location of Forreston has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

Forreston was established in 1854.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Forreston has a population of 1,349 people<3> (see below for details).

The community of Forreston is 930 feet [283 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Forreston lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Telephone area codes for Forreston: (815) & (779)<5>

The ZIP code for Forreston: 61030<6>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Forreston had an population of 1,349 people. This is a decrease of 6.71% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 8.17% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Forreston had a population of 1,446 people. This makes Forreston the county's 7th most populous community.

The population of Forreston represents 0.01% of the population of Illinois (which has 12,830,632 people), making it the state's 564th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 1,446 people, the population of Forreston decreased 1.57% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 1,469 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Forreston.

Communities Also Named Forreston ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 2 communities that are also named Forreston - they are located in Mississippi and Texas.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Forreston.

Communities near Forreston ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Forreston.

  • Freeport
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the north)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Freeport have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Freeport
    • Freeport is located in Stephenson County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 23,447 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Freeport <7>
  • Byron
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the east)
  • Oregon
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the southeast)
  • Winnebago
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the northeast)
  • Mount Morris
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the southeast)
  • Polo
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the south)
  • Pecatonica
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pecatonica have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pecatonica
    • Pecatonica is located in Winnebago County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,065 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pecatonica <7>
  • Lanark
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the west)
  • Milledgeville
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the southwest)
  • Pearl City
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the northwest)

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Forreston. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Forreston.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Forreston. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Forreston.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Forreston. Our list includes 6 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Forreston.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Forreston ...

Looking for more information about Forreston? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Forreston, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Forreston.

Adding Forreston to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Forreston in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Forreston was on a map (with an unknown title) dated 1870.

We also found Forreston in the book titled .<8> From that list, the Forreston post office opened in 1878.

For more details, see References and Mentions for Forreston.

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Forreston. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Illinois' counties, including Ogle, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Forreston.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Forreston - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Area code (779) is an overlay for area code (815).
<6>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a village (such as Forreston). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Forreston or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<8>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:


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