Fort Payne, Alabama

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Population in 2013: 14,136 (47% urban, 53% rural). Population change since 2000: +9.3%
 
Males: 6,938  (49.1%)
Females: 7,198  (50.9%)
Median resident age:  35.9 years
Alabama median age:  43.1 years

Zip codes: 35967, 35968, 35984.

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Estimated median household income in 2012: $32,753 (it was $33,560 in 2000)
Fort Payne:

$32,753
AL:

$41,574
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $20,198 (it was $19,690 in 2000)

Fort Payne city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $88,950 (it was $68,100 in 2000)
Fort Payne:

$88,950
AL:

$123,200
Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $111,852; Detached houses: $120,931; Townhouses or other attached units: $74,552; In 2-unit structures: $69,853; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $28,576; Mobile homes: $37,872

Median gross rent in 2012: $518.

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  • White alone - 9,411 (66.3%)
  • Hispanic - 3,886 (27.4%)
  • Black alone - 648 (4.6%)
  • Two or more races - 185 (1.3%)
  • Asian alone - 36 (0.3%)
  • American Indian alone - 31 (0.2%)

Races in Fort Payne detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Fort Payne: 83.2 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: United States (17.5%), Irish (8.6%), English (6.0%), German (4.5%), Scottish (2.6%), Scotch-Irish (1.9%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 899 feet

Land area: 55.9 square miles.

Population density: 253 people per square mile   (very low).

Fort Payne,AL real estate house value index trend

Fort Payne, Alabama map

For population 25 years and over in Fort Payne:

  • High school or higher: 69.2%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 16.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.3%
  • Unemployed: 4.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 15.1 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Fort Payne city:

  • Never married: 22.6%
  • Now married: 57.2%
  • Separated: 1.2%
  • Widowed: 8.2%
  • Divorced: 10.8%

2,110 residents are foreign born

This city:  14.9%
Alabama:  3.5%



According to our research of Alabama and other state lists there were 39 registered sex offenders living in Fort Payne, Alabama as of June 02, 2015.
The ratio of number of residents in Fort Payne to the number of sex offenders is 362 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $367 (0.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $336 (0.4%)

Fort Payne satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Chattanooga, TN (47.9 miles , pop. 155,554).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Atlanta, GA (88.8 miles , pop. 416,474).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (522.0 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Pine Ridge, AL (2.0 miles ), Rainsville, AL (2.9 miles ), Sylvania, AL (3.0 miles ), Hammondville, AL (3.0 miles ), Valley Head, AL (3.0 miles ), Shiloh, AL (3.1 miles ), Mentone, AL (3.3 miles ), Fyffe, AL (3.4 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 28 buildings, average cost: $95,400
  • 1998: 60 buildings, average cost: $92,800
  • 1999: 31 buildings, average cost: $106,700
  • 2000: 40 buildings, average cost: $127,700
  • 2001: 46 buildings, average cost: $111,600
  • 2002: 52 buildings, average cost: $99,600
  • 2003: 46 buildings, average cost: $116,000
  • 2004: 51 buildings, average cost: $106,500
  • 2005: 44 buildings, average cost: $138,700
  • 2006: 50 buildings, average cost: $135,100
  • 2007: 38 buildings, average cost: $191,200
  • 2008: 27 buildings, average cost: $151,300
  • 2009: 12 buildings, average cost: $106,100
  • 2010: 14 buildings, average cost: $117,500
  • 2011: 9 buildings, average cost: $100,900
  • 2012: 5 buildings, average cost: $120,800

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 34.45 N, Longitude: 85.71 W

Nickname or alias (official or unofficial): Sock Capital of the World

Daytime population change due to commuting: +6,569 (+46.3%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 4,639 (81.8%)

Area code: 256

Fort Payne household income distribution Fort Payne home values distribution

Crime rates in Fort Payne by Year
Type 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2007 2008 2009 2011 2012
Murders 0100011100
per 100,000 0.07.70.00.00.07.27.17.00.00.0
Rapes 2352132425
per 100,000 15.323.138.315.27.521.614.228.214.235.2
Robberies 5443339462
per 100,000 38.330.830.622.922.421.664.128.242.614.1
Assaults 8144126343723291915
per 100,000 61.3107.8314.1198.1254.4266.4163.8204.4135.0105.5
Burglaries 98897981125961068910290
per 100,000 751.3685.2605.3617.2935.2691.2755.0627.2724.5633.0
Thefts 507477450343465557323394369354
per 100,000 3886.83672.63447.72613.73479.04010.42300.62776.82620.92489.6
Auto thefts 2424283831361726
per 100,000 15.330.815.330.5209.5273.6220.8253.7120.7182.9
Arson N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A3N/A
per 100,000 N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A21.3N/A
City-data.com crime rate (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 302.3) 231.0246.7267.5196.6268.3303.3226.1246.0203.7199.6

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City-data.com crime rate counts serious crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

Crime rate in Fort Payne detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 36 (29 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.04
Alabama average:

2.28

Fort Payne tourist attractions:

Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

7.1%
Alabama:

7.1%

Unemployment by year (%)

Historical population

Historical housing units


Population change in the 1990s: +895 (+7.4%).
Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (39%)
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Other services, except public administration (7%)
  • Construction (6%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (6%)
  • Wholesale trade (5%)
  • Accommodation and food services (4%)
  • Manufacturing (22%)
  • Retail trade (19%)
  • Health care and social assistance (17%)
  • Other services, except public administration (10%)
  • Educational services (7%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (15%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (10%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (4%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (3%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (3%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (22%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4%)
  • Cashiers (4%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (3%)

Work and jobs in Fort Payne: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Fort Payne, Alabama

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Fort Payne-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Alabama state average. It is 119% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/19/1973, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 2.7 miles away from the Fort Payne city center injured 19 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 2/6/2008, a category F4 tornado 16.8 miles away from the city center killed one person and injured 12 people.

Earthquake activity:

Fort Payne-area historical earthquake activity is near Alabama state average. It is 79% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/29/2003 at 08:59:39, a magnitude 4.9 (4.4 MB, 4.6 MW, 4.9 LG, Depth: 12.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 5.2 miles away from the city center
On 1/18/1999 at 07:00:53, a magnitude 4.8 (4.8 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 114.7 miles away from Fort Payne center
On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML) earthquake occurred 135.6 miles away from the city center
On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG) earthquake occurred 188.5 miles away from the city center
On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 301.9 miles away from Fort Payne center
On 6/24/1975 at 11:11:36, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB) earthquake occurred 132.4 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)
Fort Payne topographic map

Birthplace of: Larry Nelson - Professional golfer, Philip Ober - Film actor, Randy Owen - Country singer, Tim Flock - Racing driver, Bob Flock - Racing driver, Ethel Mobley - Stock car racing driver, Jeff Cook - Country singer, Duward Crow - Air Force general, Edward Stinson - Aviator, Nathan Watson - College basketball player (Auburn Tigers).

Hospitals and medical centers in Fort Payne:

  • DEKALB REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER (Proprietary, provides emergency services, 200 MED CENTER DRIVE)
  • RGC FORT PAYNE (2202 JORDAN ROAD SW)
  • AMEDISYS HOME HEALTH OF FORT PAYNE (501 GREENHILL BLVD SUITE 150)
  • DEKALB COUNTY HOME CARE (2401 CALVIN DRIVE SOUTHWEST SUITE 200)
  • DEKALB REGIONAL HOME HEALTH (1706 GLENN BOULEVARD, SUITE 3)
  • CROWNE HEALTH CARE OF FT PAYNE (403 13TH STREET NORTHWEST)

Airports and heliports located in Fort Payne:

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Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Fort Payne:

  • Northeast Alabama Community College (about 14 miles; Rainsville, AL; Full-time enrollment: 2,409)
  • Berry College (about 32 miles; Mount Berry, GA; FT enrollment: 2,102)
  • Snead State Community College (about 32 miles; Boaz, AL; FT enrollment: 2,023)
  • Georgia Northwestern Technical College (about 35 miles; Rome, GA; FT enrollment: 4,629)
  • Georgia Highlands College (about 35 miles; Rome, GA; FT enrollment: 4,071)
  • Gadsden State Community College (about 36 miles; Gadsden, AL; FT enrollment: 4,650)
  • Jacksonville State University (about 44 miles; Jacksonville, AL; FT enrollment: 7,566)

Public high school in Fort Payne:

Public elementary/middle schools in Fort Payne:

Private elementary/middle school in Fort Payne:

  • WILLS CHILD CARE CENTER (Students: 48; Location: 4050 WILLIAMS AVE NE; Grades: PK - KG)
See full list of schools located in Fort Payne

Library in Fort Payne:

  • FORT PAYNE - DEKALB COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $300,374; Location: 504 GRAND AVENUE NW; 82,816 books; 56,007 e-books; 2,056 audio materials; 1,246 video materials; 81 state licensed databases; 40 print serial subscriptions)

User submitted facts and corrections:

  • Baptist Medical Hospital has been purchased and renamed "DeKalb Regional Hospital". added by Diana

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Notable locations in Fort Payne: Fort Payne Water Works (A), Terrapin Hills Golf Estates (B), Allen Switch (C), Fort Payne City Auditorium (D), Fort Payne Recreation Center (E), CED Mental Health Center (F), DeKalb County Courthouse (G), DeKalb County Library (H), Fort Payne Fire and Rescue Station 1 (I), Fort Payne Fire and Rescue Station 4 (J), Fort Payne Fire and Rescue Station 2 (K), Fort Payne Fire and Rescue Station 3 (L), Fort Payne Fire and Rescue Station 5 (M). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Fort Payne include: New Oregon Church (A), Mount Zion Church (B), Ellers Chapel (C), Walnut Grove Baptist Church (D), Union Hill Church (E), Pleasant View Church (F), Oak Hill Church (G), Log Cabin Chapel (H), Delma Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Hammack Cemetery (1), Green Cemetery (2), Glenwood Cemetery (3), Franklin Cemetery (4), Fisher Cemetery (5), Husky Cemetery (6), Lankford Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoir: Fort Payne City Lake (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Allen Branch (A), Beeson Branch (B), Smith Branch (C), White Hall Branch (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Fort Payne include: Fort Payne Boom Town Historic District (1), Fort Payne Main Street Historic District (2), Fort Payne Residential Historic District (3), City Park (4), Manitou Park (5), Williams Avenue Athletic Facilities (6). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attractions: Alabama Band Fan Club (Museums; 101 Glenn Boulevard Southwest) (1), Depot Museum (105 5th Street Northeast) (2), Quality Travel (Tours & Charters; 2201 Gault Avenue North Suite D) (3), Dan's Tours & Travel (Tours & Charters; 1526 Gault Avenue North # 100) (4). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Hotels: Mountain View Motel (2302 Gault Ave S) (1), Econo Lodge (Highway I 59) (2), Quality Inn (Highway I 59) (3), Hampton Inn (1201 Jordan Road Southwest) (4), Days Inn (Highway I 59) (5), Desoto State Park Cottage & Motel Reservations (265 Road 951) (6), Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites (112 Airport Road West) (7), Fort Payne Inn (1828 Gault Avenue North) (8). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Courts: Fort Payne City - General Government- City Court Clerk Magistrate (200 Gault Avenue South) (1), Dekalb County - Court System- Courthouse- Circuit Clerk (300 Grand Avenue Southwest) (2), Dekalb County - Court Referral (200 Grand Avenue Southwest) (3). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

DeKalb County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2012 was 65.9. This is about average.

City:

65.9
U.S.:

74.2

Ozone [ppb] level in 2012 was 24.1. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 17.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

24.1
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 13.0. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 17.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

13.0
U.S.:

20.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 9.14. This is about average. Closest monitor was 18.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

9.14
U.S.:

9.14

Drinking water stations with addresses in Fort Payne and their reported violations in the past:

NORTHEAST ALABAMA WATER SYSTEM (Population served: 45,600, Surface water):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 43 regular monitoring violations

Drinking water stations with addresses in Fort Payne that have no violations reported:

  • FORT PAYNE WATER WORKS BOARD (Address: 153 20TH STREET NE , Population served: 21,363, Primary Water Source Type: Surface water)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 23.8%
(11.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 19.7% for Black residents, 54.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 18.2% for American Indian residents, 78.3% for other race residents, 31.1% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This city:  2.6 people
Alabama:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  68.6%
Whole state:  67.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  5.1%
Whole state:  4.7%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.3% of all households
200 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities in 2010
114 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities in 2010

People in group quarters in Fort Payne in 2000:

  • 234 people in nursing homes
  • 77 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 65 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 6 people in other group homes

Fort Payne, Alabama environmental map by EPA

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Fort Payne compared to Alabama state average:

  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Median age below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly above state average.

Banks with branches in Fort Payne (2011 data):

  • First State Bank of DeKalb County: First State Bank Of Dekalb County at 2407 Gault Avenue North, branch established on 1982/05/19; Gault Avenue North Branch at 2407 Gault Avenue North, branch established on 1996/04/10. Info updated 2011/02/24: Bank assets: $92.9 mil, Deposits: $79.1 mil, local headquarters, positive income, 2 total offices, Holding Company: First State Bancshares Of Dekalb County, Inc.
  • Compass Bank: Fort Payne Main Branch at 200 Gault Avenue North, branch established on 1892/01/01; North Gault Branch at 2311 Gault Avenue North, branch established on 1990/01/22. Info updated 2011/02/24: Bank assets: $63,107.0 mil, Deposits: $46,232.4 mil, headquarters in Birmingham, AL, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 720 total offices, Holding Company: Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A.
  • First Southern State Bank: Fort Payne Branch at 1820 Glen Boulevard, branch established on 1997/11/10; Fort Payne Branch at 2128 Gault Ave N, branch established on 2008/09/11. Info updated 2011/02/24: Bank assets: $331.3 mil, Deposits: $285.1 mil, headquarters in Stevenson, AL, positive income, 8 total offices, Holding Company: First Bancshares Of Stevenson, Inc.
  • Regions Bank: North Gault Avenue Branch at 1718 Gault Avenue, North, branch established on 1979/06/05; Fort Payne Branch at 100 Grand Avenue, South, branch established on 1952/01/30. Info updated 2011/02/24: Bank assets: $123,368.2 mil, Deposits: $98,301.3 mil, headquarters in Birmingham, AL, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1778 total offices, Holding Company: Regions Financial Corporation
  • First Federal Bank: at 1400 Gault Avenue North, branch established on 1965/05/03. Info updated 2011/07/21: Bank assets: $94.5 mil, Deposits: $87.2 mil, local headquarters, positive income, 3 total offices

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Fort Payne, Alabama:

  • Days Inn, 1416 Gln Blvd SW, Fort Payne, AL 35968 , Phone: (256) 845-2085, Fax: (256) 845-7745
  • Best Western Fort Payne, 1828 Gault Ave, Fort Payne, AL 35967 , Phone: (256) 845-0481, Fax: (256) 845-6152
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 112 Airport Rd W, Fort Payne, AL 35968 , Phone: (256) 997-1020, Fax: (256) 997-1080
  • Econo Lodge, 1412 Glenn Blvd SW, Fort Payne, AL 35968 , Phone: (256) 845-4013, Fax: (256) 845-4013
  • Hampton Inn Fort Payne, 1201 Jordan Rd, Fort Payne, AL 35968 , Phone: (256) 304-2600, Fax: (256) 304-2601
  • Rodeway Inn - Fort Payne, 102 Drinkard Drive NW, Fort Payne, AL 35967 , Phone: (256) 845-2950, Fax: (256) 845-2949
All 6 fire-safe hotels and motels in Fort Payne, Alabama

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012

Fort Payne travel time to work - commute Fort Payne mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (74%)
  • Utility gas (20%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (5%)
  • Wood (1%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Fort Payne city (based on DeKalb County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 59.98%
Here: 60.0%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchDuck River and Kindred Baptists AssociationsChurch of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)Churches of Christ
Adherents68.4%10.7%8.6%5.7%1.5%
Congregations42.6%17.9%11.3%9.2%5.1%
NameCatholic ChurchEpiscopal ChurchProgressive Primitive BaptistsChurch of God of ProphecyOther
Adherents0.7%0.7%0.6%0.6%2.5%
Congregations0.5%1.0%1.0%2.6%8.7%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 12
DeKalb County:

1.77 / 10,000 pop.
Alabama:

1.89 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
This county:

0.15 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.20 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 3
DeKalb County:

0.44 / 10,000 pop.
Alabama:

0.65 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 47
DeKalb County:

6.93 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.32 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 38
Here:

5.60 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.75 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

11.1%
Alabama:

11.8%
Adult obesity rate:
DeKalb County:

31.7%
Alabama:

31.7%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

20.7%
State:

13.5%
Local government employment and payroll (March 2013)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 9$36,093$48,1240$0
Other Government Administration 7$13,849$23,7410$0
Judicial and Legal 3$8,156$32,6240$0
Police Protection - Officers 28$109,292$46,8392$3,852
Police - Other 5$10,315$24,7561$565
Firefighters 37$114,681$37,1940$0
Correction 3$6,407$25,6281$1,116
Streets and Highways 24$58,959$29,4800$0
Airports 2$4,521$27,1260$0
Health 1$2,427$29,1240$0
Solid Waste Management 25$63,274$30,3722$1,707
Sewerage 8$30,097$45,1460$0
Parks and Recreation 13$34,054$31,43423$15,064
Water Supply 24$105,546$52,7730$0
Other and Unallocable 23$67,562$35,2503$1,550
Totals for Government 212$665,233$37,65532$23,854

Fort Payne government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Construction - Sewerage: $2,493,000 ($176.36)
    Air Transportation: $53,000 ($3.75)
    Regular Highways: $23,000 ($1.63)
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $2,348,000 ($166.10)
    Water Utilities: $1,985,000 ($140.42)
    Regular Highways: $1,973,000 ($139.57)
    Fire Protection: $1,602,000 ($113.33)
    Solid Waste Management: $1,230,000 ($87.01)
    Parks & Recreation: $1,125,000 ($79.58)
    Sewerage: $934,000 ($66.07)
    Financial Administration: $737,000 ($52.14)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $300,000 ($21.22)
    General - Other: $230,000 ($16.27)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $168,000 ($11.88)
    Air Transportation: $150,000 ($10.61)
    General Public Buildings: $67,000 ($4.74)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $1,327,000 ($93.87)
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Welfare: $109,000 ($7.71)
    General: $91,000 ($6.44)
    Libraries: $78,000 ($5.52)
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $12,000 ($0.85)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Solid Waste Management: $211,000 ($14.93)
    Police Protection: $148,000 ($10.47)
    Air Transportation: $97,000 ($6.86)
    Regular Highways: $97,000 ($6.86)
    Sewerage: $91,000 ($6.44)
    Parks & Recreation: $86,000 ($6.08)
    Fire Protection: $61,000 ($4.32)
    General Public Building: $25,000 ($1.77)
    Financial Administration: $22,000 ($1.56)
    General - Other: $13,000 ($0.92)
    Judicial: $7,000 ($0.50)
    Protective Inspection & Regulation, NEC: $1,000 ($0.07)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $5,100,000 ($360.78)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $754,000 ($53.34)

Fort Payne government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - Air Transportation: $94,000 ($6.65)
  • Charges - Sewerage: $2,854,000 ($201.90)
    Solid Waste Management: $1,562,000 ($110.50)
    Parks & Recreation: $361,000 ($25.54)
    All Other: $36,000 ($2.55)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Housing & Community Development: $38,000 ($2.69)
    All Other: $10,000 ($0.71)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Highways: $127,000 ($8.98)
    General Support: $37,000 ($2.62)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $537,000 ($37.99)
    Interest Earnings: $159,000 ($11.25)
    Rents: $47,000 ($3.32)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $3,278,000 ($231.89)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Support: $134,000 ($9.48)
    Highways: $127,000 ($8.98)
    All Other: $79,000 ($5.59)
  • Tax - Total General Sales: $6,992,000 ($494.62)
    Public Utilities: $857,000 ($60.63)
    NEC: $781,000 ($55.25)
    Property: $547,000 ($38.70)
    Motor Fuels Sales: $362,000 ($25.61)
    Tobacco Sales: $163,000 ($11.53)

Fort Payne government finances - Debt in 2002 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding - Water Utilities: $15,091,000 ($1067.56)
    Industrial Revenue: $600,000 ($42.44)
  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $21,292,000 ($1506.23)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $13,890,000 ($982.60)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Water Utilities: $14,889,000 ($1053.27)
    Other, NEC: $6,395,000 ($452.39)
    Industrial Revenue: $500,000 ($35.37)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $100,000 ($7.07)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $1,007,000 ($71.24)
    Water Utilities: $202,000 ($14.29)

Fort Payne government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Bond Fund - Cash & Deposits: $339,000 ($23.98)
  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $7,001,000 ($495.26)
  • Sinking Fund - Cash & Deposits: $1,157,000 ($81.85)

Strongest AM radio stations in Fort Payne:

  • WFPA (1400 AM; 1 kW; FORT PAYNE, AL; Owner: DEKALB COUNTY COMMUNITY RADIO, INC.)
  • WZOB (1250 AM; 5 kW; FORT PAYNE, AL; Owner: CENTRAL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WQRX (870 AM; daytime; 10 kW; VALLEY HEAD, AL; Owner: BARINOWSKI INVESTMENT COMPANY)
  • WNSI (810 AM; 50 kW; JACKSONVILLE, AL; Owner: UNITED BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WWAM (820 AM; daytime; 50 kW; JASPER, TN; Owner: SHELTON BROADCASTING SYSTEM)
  • WFLI (1070 AM; 50 kW; LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN, TN; Owner: WFLI, INC.)
  • WKNG (1060 AM; daytime; 50 kW; TALLAPOOSA, GA; Owner: WKNG, INC.)
  • WGTA (950 AM; 5 kW; SUMMERVILLE, GA; Owner: AZTECA COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WFTD (1080 AM; daytime; 50 kW; MARIETTA, GA; Owner: PRIETO ENTERPRISES, INC.)
  • WGST (640 AM; 50 kW; ATLANTA, GA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WVSM (1500 AM; daytime; 1 kW; RAINSVILLE, AL; Owner: SAND MOUNTAIN ADVERTISING CO., INC.)
  • WLOR (1550 AM; 50 kW; HUNTSVILLE, AL; Owner: BCA RADIO, LLC)
  • WZQZ (1180 AM; daytime; 5 kW; TRION, GA; Owner: BARINOWSKI INVESTMENT COMPANY)

Strongest FM radio stations in Fort Payne:

  • WRHY (105.9 FM; CENTRE, AL; Owner: WILLIAMS COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WKEA-FM (98.3 FM; SCOTTSBORO, AL; Owner: KEA RADIO, INC.)
  • WBDX (102.7 FM; TRENTON, GA; Owner: PARTNERS FOR CHRISTIAN RADIO, INC.)
  • WQSB (105.1 FM; ALBERTVILLE, AL; Owner: SAND MOUNTAIN BROADCASTING SERVICE, INC.)
  • WMBW (88.9 FM; CHATTANOOGA, TN; Owner: THE MOODY BIBLE INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO)
  • WATG (95.7 FM; TRION, GA; Owner: TTA BROADCASTING, INC)
  • W215BA (90.9 FM; ROME, GA; Owner: PENSACOLA CHRISTIAN COLLEGE, INC.)
  • WKCX (97.7 FM; ROME, GA; Owner: BRIAR CREEK BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WJCK (88.3 FM; PIEDMONT, AL; Owner: IMMANUEL BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WUSY (100.7 FM; CLEVELAND, TN; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • W257AZ (99.3 FM; LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN, TN; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WMXN-FM (101.7 FM; STEVENSON, AL; Owner: KEA RADIO, INC.)
  • WQTU (102.3 FM; ROME, GA; Owner: MCDOUGALD BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • W212AR (90.3 FM; LINDALE, GA; Owner: WAY-FM MEDIA GROUP, INC.)
  • W289AC (105.7 FM; HUNTSVILLE, AL; Owner: WILLIAM PAXTON ROGERS)
  • WLJS-FM (91.9 FM; JACKSONVILLE, AL; Owner: BD. OF TRUSTEES/JACKSONVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • WMXF-FM (97.3 FM; SOUTH PITTSBURG, TN; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WTBB (89.9 FM; GADSDEN, AL; Owner: TRINITY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY)
  • WGMZ (93.1 FM; GLENCOE, AL; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WSGN (91.5 FM; GADSDEN, AL; Owner: GADSDEN STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE)

TV broadcast stations around Fort Payne:

  • W64BJ (Channel 64; SCOTTSBORO, AL; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • WFLI-TV (Channel 53; CLEVELAND, TN; Owner: CHATTANOOGA MEDIA HOLDINGS, L.L.C.)
  • WZDX (Channel 54; HUNTSVILLE, AL; Owner: HUNTSVILLE TELEVISION ACQUISITION CORP.)

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

See more detailed statistics of Fort Payne fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2011 here
National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 55
Total length: 199 meters (653ft)
Total costs: $112,232,000
Total average daily traffic: 326,099
Total average daily truck traffic: 58,871

New bridges - Historical Statistics

  • 1900-1909: 1
  • 1910-1919: 0
  • 1920-1929: 2
  • 1930-1939: 1
  • 1940-1949: 0
  • 1950-1959: 14
  • 1960-1969: 17
  • 1970-1979: 4
  • 1980-1989: 4
  • 1990-1999: 4
  • 2000-2009: 8
See Full National Bridge Inventory Statistics for Fort Payne, AL
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Fort Payne)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 78 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers: 5 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Fort Payne, AL)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 22 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 12 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 102 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Fort Payne)

FAA Registered Aircraft: 40 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Fort Payne)

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 167
  • Hazardous Condition: 26

Incident types - Fort Payne

See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Fort Payne, AL
Most common first names in Fort Payne, AL among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William17674.3 years
James15872.0 years
John13274.0 years
Mary12678.0 years
Robert9873.0 years
Charles6565.6 years
George6173.7 years
Willie5577.0 years
Thomas5173.3 years
Annie4781.0 years
Most common last names in Fort Payne, AL among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith12674.7 years
Burt8574.9 years
Jones8274.2 years
Johnson7475.9 years
Miller4974.4 years
Bailey4581.2 years
Williams4572.5 years
Wright4473.9 years
Davis4374.0 years
Henderson4374.8 years
Businesses in Fort Payne, AL
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1Lowe's1
Advance Auto Parts1McDonald's1
Arby's1Nike2
AutoZone1Papa John's Pizza1
Burger King1Penske1
Chevrolet1Pizza Hut1
Cracker Barrel1Quiznos1
Dairy Queen1Rite Aid1
Econo Lodge1Ryan's Grill1
FedEx3SONIC Drive-In1
Ford1Sears1
GameStop1Subway2
H&R Block1T-Mobile1
Hardee's2Taco Bell1
Hilton1U-Haul1
Holiday Inn1UPS6
KFC1Verizon Wireless1
Kmart1Walgreens1
Lane Furniture2Walmart1
Little Caesars Pizza1

Fort Payne on our top lists:

  • #1 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Financial clerks except bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (population 5,000+)"
  • #1 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Apparel"
  • #1 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Apparel (population 5,000+)"
  • #4 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Financial clerks except bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks"
  • #29 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most bridges per 100,000 population (pop 5,000+)"
  • #92 on the list of "Top 101 cities that people commute into (largest positive percentage daily daytime population change due to commuting) (population 5,000+)"
  • #57 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest increase in the number of births per 1000 residents 1990-1999 to 2000-2003 (pop 50,000+)"
  • #64 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #81 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #94 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for Bush (Republican) in the 2004 Presidential Election, pop. 50,000+"
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