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.

Fort Payne is a blue-collar town, with 39.02% 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 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%).

Residents will find that the city is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Fort Payne is worth considering.

Being a small city, Fort Payne does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

In Fort Payne, just 12.98% of people have at least a bachelor's degree, which is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%.

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.