With recent declines in the timber industry, Forks has relied on the nearby Clallam Bay Corrections Center and Olympic Corrections Center as sources of jobs.

Hispanic or Latino of any race were 25.9% of the population.

There were 1,264 households of which 40.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.0% were married couples living together, 13.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.8% were non-families.

25.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older.

A large number of more populated communities, notably Boone, North Carolina and several cities along the Oregon and Washington coast, come very close to Cfb, but either have non-temperate seasons or lack enough rainfall in the summer to qualify.

Forks was officially incorporated on August 28, 1945, following an election of the constituents who would become its first town members.

The city gained popularity for being a key setting in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series (2005 to 2008) and related film adaptations.

The city's atmosphere and idyllic Pacific Northwest setting has inspired its being featured in film, literature, and video games. The racial makeup of the city was 67.7% White, 0.5% African American, 6.6% Native American, 1.2% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 18.1% from other races, and 5.9% from two or more races.

The population was 3,545 at 2012 Estimate from Office of Financial Management.

It is named after the forks in the nearby Quillayute, Bogachiel, Calawah, and Sol Duc rivers.