Fort Payne, AL
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Fort Payne is a somewhat small city located in the state of Alabama. With a population of 14,099 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Fort Payne is the 48th largest community in Alabama.

Fort Payne is a blue-collar town, with 36.56% of people working in blue-collar occupations, while the average in America is just 27.7%. Overall, Fort Payne is a city of sales and office workers, production and manufacturing workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Fort Payne who work in office and administrative support (13.09%), sales jobs (10.80%), and management occupations (7.57%).

It is a fairly quiet city because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Fort Payne has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Fort Payne has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Fort Payne than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Fort Payne may be for you.

Residents of Fort Payne by-and-large get to work each day by driving: 87.32% use their own cars for their daily commute, making it a very car-oriented city. While Fort Payne may be a convenient place for driving around town, the negative aspect of this is that places that are suitable for walking or bicycling to and from work or stores may be few and far between. In general, car-oriented communities emphasize roads and convenience of driving, but not have a lot of walking-friendly areas to get from home to work, and tend not to have a lot of public transportation options.

As is often the case in a small city, Fort Payne doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

The percentage of people in Fort Payne with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 12.54% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Fort Payne in 2010 was $19,221, which is middle income relative to Alabama, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $76,884 for a family of four. However, Fort Payne contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Fort Payne is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Fort Payne home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Fort Payne residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Fort Payne also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 23.37% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Fort Payne include German, English, Italian, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Fort Payne is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.