Fort Rucker is a very small town located in the state of Alabama. With a population of 4,520 people and just one neighborhood, Fort Rucker is the 124th largest community in Alabama. Fort Rucker has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Fort Rucker, where the median household income is $59,094.
Occupations and Workforce
Fort Rucker is a military town: the armed forces employs 28.13% of the workforce, making the military a major focus of life in the city. In the civilian sector, Healthcare and Education are important in the local economy and are the town’s largest civilian employers, employing 24.36% and 18.02% of the civilian workforce respectively.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 14.90% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Setting & Lifestyle
Fort Rucker is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Fort Rucker enrolled in college, Fort Rucker has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.
For a small town, there is also a high proportion of single, often educated, people living in Fort Rucker. This is not typical for smaller communities in America, and adds a feeling of vibrancy to Fort Rucker.
The overall crime rate in Fort Rucker is one of the lowest in the US. This makes it one of the safer places to live in the country in terms of crime.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Fort Rucker spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 13.27 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the town are less than they would otherwise be.
Fort Rucker is a small town, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.