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
28.13% of the workforce is employed in the armed forces, making the military a huge focus of life in Fort Rucker. Even though it is a military town, the civilian sector still plays an important role in the local economy. The Healthcare and Education industries respectively employ 24.36% and 18.02% of the civilian workforce.
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
Because there are quite a few people attending college in Fort Rucker, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, Fort Rucker provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.
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.
Residents of the town have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 13.27 minutes getting to work every day.
Being a small town, Fort Rucker does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.