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.

For most residents of Fort Payne, getting to work requires a car. In fact, 87.32% of people in Fort Payne drive alone to work on most days, making Fort Payne a very car-oriented city. In general, car-oriented communities tend to emphasize streets, highways, and ease of parking, often to the detriment of walkability. Strip centers are a feature of Fort Payne’s landscape.

Fort Payne is a small city, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

The rate of college-level education in Fort Payne is quite a bit lower than the national average among all cities of 21.84%: just 12.54% of people here over 25 have a bachelor's degree or an 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.