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.
When you are in Fort Payne, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 36.56% of Fort Payne’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. 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%).
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.
Fort Payne is a very car-oriented city. This is because most people -87.32% - drive by car to work every day, and few people choose alternative modes of transportation, such as public transit, cycling, or walking. In general, car-oriented communities have a layout that emphasizes streets, highways, and ease of parking, and sometimes this can be to the detriment of human-scale priorities such as walkability alongside roads, and public spaces. For example, strip malls are something you will find in Fort Payne.
As is often the case in a small city, Fort Payne doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.
In Fort Payne, just 12.54% 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 $19,221, 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.