Fort Payne, AL
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Fort Payne is a somewhat small city located in the state of Alabama. With a population of 14,150 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Fort Payne is the 48th largest community in Alabama.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Fort Payne is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 39.02% of the Fort Payne workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Fort Payne is a city of sales and office workers, production and manufacturing workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Fort Payne who work in office and administrative support (12.06%), sales jobs (10.91%), and healthcare (5.99%).

The city is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Fort Payne has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Fort Payne a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

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 12.98% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Fort Payne in 2010 was $19,758, 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 $79,032 for a family of four.

Fort Payne is an extremely 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 27.26% 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 Korean.