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. Much of the housing stock in Fort Rucker was built relatively recently. The construction of new real estate can often be taken as an indication that the local Fort Rucker economy is robust, and that jobs or other amenities are attracting an influx of new residents. This seems to be the case in Fort Rucker, where the median household income is $59,094.
Occupations and Workforce
The armed forces are a huge part of the life in Fort Rucker, employing 28.13% of the workforce. While it is a military town, the civilian sector still plays an important role in the local economy, where the Healthcare and Education industries employ 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
In addition, Fort Rucker is a college town. There are a lot of students in Fort Rucker attending college, and as a result Fort Rucker provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to 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.
One of the benefits of Fort Rucker is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 13.27 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
As is often the case in a small town, Fort Rucker doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.