Fort Payne, Alabama

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Population in 2017: 14,071 (47% urban, 53% rural).
Population change since 2000: +8.8%
 
Males: 6,860  (48.8%)
Females: 7,211  (51.2%)
Median resident age:

37.0 years
Alabama median age:

38.9 years

Zip codes: 35967, 35968, 35984.

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Estimated median household income in 2017: $41,885 (it was $33,560 in 2000)
Fort Payne:

$41,885
AL:

$48,123

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $22,761 (it was $19,690 in 2000)

Fort Payne city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $140,315 (it was $68,100 in 2000)
Fort Payne:

$140,315
AL:

$141,300

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $184,633; detached houses: $190,935; townhouses or other attached units: $161,170; mobile homes: $90,424

Median gross rent in 2017: $590.

March 2019 cost of living index in Fort Payne: 81.4 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 21.7%
(15.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 18.7% for Black residents, 38.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 27.6% for other race residents, 72.9% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Fort Payne, AL (2017)
    • 10,20472.4%White alone
    • 2,94720.9%Hispanic
    • 4082.9%Black alone
    • 3442.4%Two or more races
    • 1230.9%Asian alone
    • 380.3%American Indian alone

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



According to our research of Alabama and other state lists, there were 39 registered sex offenders living in Fort Payne, Alabama as of May 29, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Fort Payne is 363 to 1.


Crime rates in Fort Payne by year

Type

2007

2008

2009

2011

2012

2016

Murders
(per 100,000)
1
(7.2)
1
(7.1)
1
(7.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(7.1)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
3
(21.6)
2
(14.2)
4
(28.2)
2
(14.2)
5
(35.2)
6
(42.4)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
3
(21.6)
9
(64.1)
4
(28.2)
6
(42.6)
2
(14.1)
10
(70.6)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
37
(266.4)
23
(163.8)
29
(204.4)
19
(135.0)
15
(105.5)
28
(197.8)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
96
(691.2)
106
(755.0)
89
(627.2)
102
(724.5)
90
(633.0)
83
(586.3)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
557
(4,010)
323
(2,301)
394
(2,777)
369
(2,621)
354
(2,490)
351
(2,480)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
38
(273.6)
31
(220.8)
36
(253.7)
17
(120.7)
26
(182.9)
25
(176.6)
Arson
(per 100,000)
N/AN/AN/A3
(21.3)
N/AN/A
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)322.1240.2261.3216.4212.0263.1

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City-data.com crime index in Fort Payne, AL

Crime rate in Fort Payne detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 37 (32 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.27
Alabama average:

2.17
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Ancestries: American (20.0%), English (5.2%), Irish (4.3%), German (2.6%), Italian (2.2%), European (1.7%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 899 feet

Land area: 55.9 square miles.

Population density: 252 people per square mile   (very low).

Fort Payne, Alabama map

1,454 residents are foreign born (8.9% Latin America).

This city:

10.3%
Alabama:

3.5%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $542 (0.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $516 (0.6%)

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 )

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: +6,736 (+47.8%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 3,804 (65.8%)

Area code: 256

Distribution of median household income in Fort Payne, AL in 2017
Distribution of house value in Fort Payne, AL in 2017
Fort Payne satellite photo by USGS

Fort Payne tourist attractions:

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
  • 2013: 17 buildings, average cost: $126,100
  • 2014: 16 buildings, average cost: $126,100
  • 2015: 17 buildings, average cost: $126,100
  • 2016: 13 buildings, average cost: $149,100
  • 2017: 14 buildings, average cost: $149,100
Number of permits per 10,000 Fort Payne, AL residents
Average permit cost in Fort Payne, AL
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

3.8%
Alabama:

3.8%
Historical population in Fort Payne, AL
Historical housing units in Fort Payne, AL

Population change in the 1990s: +895 (+7.4%).
Most common industries in Fort Payne, AL (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Apparel (26.9%)
  • Health care (5.5%)
  • Accommodation & food services (5.4%)
  • Construction (5.4%)
  • Educational services (4.7%)
  • Food (4.7%)
  • Metal & metal products (4.4%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Apparel (25.1%)
  • Construction (8.7%)
  • Metal & metal products (7.9%)
  • Food (6.2%)
  • Public administration (5.3%)
  • Accommodation & food services (4.0%)
  • Textile mills & textile products (3.0%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Apparel (28.8%)
  • Health care (8.7%)
  • Educational services (7.8%)
  • Accommodation & food services (7.0%)
  • Social assistance (4.3%)
  • Food & beverage stores (4.0%)
  • Finance & insurance (3.0%)
Most common occupations in Fort Payne, AL (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (18.4%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (6.6%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (5.2%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3.1%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (2.6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (2.5%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (2.5%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (14.8%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (9.5%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (7.1%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (3.9%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (3.2%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (3.2%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3.1%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (22.4%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (6.0%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (4.8%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4.3%)
  • Cashiers (3.9%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (3.8%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (3.4%)

Average climate in Fort Payne, Alabama

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Fort Payne, Alabama environmental map by EPA

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI Ozone
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 53.1. This is better than average.

City:

53.1
U.S.:

74.2
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 22.1. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 17.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

22.1
U.S.:

33.3

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 Fort Payne 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 the city 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 Fort Payne 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 Fort Payne center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in DeKalb County (27) is a lot greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 21
Emergencies Declared: 5

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 18, Floods: 16, Tornadoes: 14, Winds: 8, Hurricanes: 4, Winter Storms: 3, Drought: 1, Fire: 1, Freeze: 1, Snowfall: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Fort Payne topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Fort Payne:

  • DEKALB REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER (Proprietary, provides emergency services, 200 MED CENTER DRIVE)
  • CROWNE HEALTH CARE OF FT PAYNE (403 13TH STREET NORTHWEST)
  • 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)

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 elementary/middle school in Fort Payne:

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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

Points of interest:

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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

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).

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

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)
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

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

For population 15 years and over in Fort Payne:

Marital status in Fort Payne, AL
  • Never married: 28.1%
  • Now married: 48.1%
  • Separated: 2.2%
  • Widowed: 5.6%
  • Divorced: 16.0%

For population 25 years and over in Fort Payne:

  • High school or higher: 71.3%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 14.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 6.9%
  • Unemployed: 4.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.7 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

14.1
Alabama average:

11.5

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Fort Payne
Presidential Elections Results

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

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant32,536144
Mainline Protestant3,92536
Catholic2,6571
Other2522
Black Protestant-1
None31,739-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs 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
This county:

6.93 / 10,000 pop.
Alabama:

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

5.60 / 10,000 pop.
Alabama:

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

11.1%
Alabama:

11.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Here:

31.7%
State:

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

20.7%
Alabama:

13.5%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Fort Payne:

45.6%
State:

48.5%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
This city:

40.9%
Alabama:

44.8%

Average BMI:
This city:

28.4
State:

29.0

People feeling badly about themselves:
This city:

23.9%
State:

21.3%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

11.0%
Alabama:

11.2%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Here:

6.8
Alabama:

6.8

Overweight people:
Fort Payne:

31.6%
State:

34.4%

General health condition:
Fort Payne:

52.1%
State:

54.7%

Average condition of hearing:
Fort Payne:

77.0%
Alabama:

79.1%

More about Health and Nutrition of Fort Payne, AL Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2016)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Firefighters 35$125,634$43,0751$2,601
Police Protection - Officers 33$115,062$41,8410$0
Water Supply 33$110,014$40,0050$0
Other and Unallocable 32$96,521$36,1956$4,498
Streets and Highways 27$75,140$33,3960$0
Solid Waste Management 27$75,880$33,7240$0
Parks and Recreation 16$42,857$32,14336$16,026
Sewerage 8$32,074$48,1110$0
Financial Administration 7$26,096$44,7361$1,851
Other Government Administration 7$15,426$26,4450$0
Correction 4$11,205$33,6150$0
Judicial and Legal 3$8,676$34,7040$0
Airports 2$4,771$28,6262$1,547
Police - Other 1$2,559$30,7084$5,533
Health 1$2,559$30,7080$0
Totals for Government 236$744,474$37,85550$32,056

Fort Payne government finances - Expenditure in 2012 (per resident):

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $524,000 ($37.24)
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $2,412,000 ($171.42)
    Local Fire Protection: $2,365,000 ($168.08)
    Regular Highways: $2,287,000 ($162.53)
    Solid Waste Management: $2,072,000 ($147.25)
    Parks and Recreation: $1,741,000 ($123.73)
    Sewerage: $1,725,000 ($122.59)
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $1,645,000 ($116.91)
    General - Other: $914,000 ($64.96)
    Financial Administration: $782,000 ($55.58)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $649,000 ($46.12)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $347,000 ($24.66)
    Air Transportation: $327,000 ($23.24)
    Central Staff Services: $196,000 ($13.93)
    Correctional Institutions: $171,000 ($12.15)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $501,000 ($35.61)
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - General - Other: $475,000 ($33.76)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Central Staff Services: $351,000 ($24.94)
    Parks and Recreation: $160,000 ($11.37)
    Air Transportation: $136,000 ($9.67)
    Local Fire Protection: $99,000 ($7.04)
    Police Protection: $85,000 ($6.04)
    Sewerage: $67,000 ($4.76)
    Solid Waste Management: $6,000 ($0.43)
    General - Other: $4,000 ($0.28)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $7,591,000 ($539.48)

Fort Payne government finances - Revenue in 2012 (per resident):

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $1,834,000 ($130.34)
    Sewerage: $1,723,000 ($122.45)
    Parks and Recreation: $458,000 ($32.55)
    Air Transportation: $305,000 ($21.68)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Air Transportation: $53,000 ($3.77)
  • Miscellaneous - Fines and Forfeits: $754,000 ($53.59)
    Interest Earnings: $139,000 ($9.88)
    Rents: $68,000 ($4.83)
    Donations From Private Sources: $16,000 ($1.14)
    Sale of Property: $5,000 ($0.36)
  • State Intergovernmental - Sewerage: $368,000 ($26.15)
    Highways: $145,000 ($10.30)
    Other: $1,000 ($0.07)
  • Tax - General Sales and Gross Receipts: $8,243,000 ($585.81)
    Property: $3,196,000 ($227.13)
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $969,000 ($68.87)
    Motor Fuels Sales: $432,000 ($30.70)
    Alcoholic Beverage Sales: $345,000 ($24.52)
    Other: $259,000 ($18.41)
    Tobacco Products Sales: $164,000 ($11.66)
    Other Selective Sales: $132,000 ($9.38)

Fort Payne government finances - Debt in 2012 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $21,913,000 ($1557.32)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $20,868,000 ($1483.05)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,980,000 ($140.71)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $935,000 ($66.45)

Fort Payne government finances - Cash and Securities in 2012 (per resident):

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,336,000 ($94.95)
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $6,658,000 ($473.17)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $2,030,000 ($144.27)

5.00% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($32,546 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.00%
Alabama average:

5.97%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Marshall County, AL  0.99% ($28,534 average AGI)
to Jackson County, AL  0.85% ($28,133)
to Etowah County, AL  0.37% ($32,651)
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

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
See more detailed statistics of Fort Payne fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 89Number of bridges
  • 820ft / 250mTotal length
  • $111,751,000Total costs
  • 431,773Total average daily traffic
  • 88,402Total average daily truck traffic
  • 455,557Total future (year 2034) average daily traffic
New bridges in Fort Payne, AL - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 11900-1909
  • 11910-1919
  • 51920-1929
  • 71930-1939
  • 21940-1949
  • 201950-1959
  • 311960-1969
  • 41970-1979
  • 41980-1989
  • 61990-1999
  • 72000-2009
  • 12010-2018
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: 116 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers: 3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Fort Payne, AL)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 5 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 22 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 16 (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: 122 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Fort Payne)

FAA Registered Aircraft: 27 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Fort Payne)

2002 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year Based on the data from the years 2002 - 2018 the average number of fires per year is 68. The highest number of reported fire incidents - 167 took place in 2006, and the least - 8 in 2008. The data has a rising trend.
    Fire incident types in Fort Payne, AL When looking into fire subcategories, the most incidents belonged to: Outside Fires (42.8%), and Structure Fires (29.1%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Fort Payne, AL
    • 49742.8%Outside Fires
    • 33829.1%Structure Fires
    • 20217.4%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 12310.6%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Fort Payne, AL

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

  • Days Inn, 1416 Gln Blvd SW, Fort Payne, Alabama 35968 , Phone: (256) 845-2085, Fax: (256) 845-7745
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 112 Airport Rd W, Fort Payne, Alabama 35968 , Phone: (256) 997-1020, Fax: (256) 997-1080
  • Econo Lodge, 1412 Glenn Blvd SW, Fort Payne, Alabama 35968 , Phone: (256) 845-4013, Fax: (256) 845-4013
  • Hampton Inn Fort Payne, 1201 Jordan Rd, Fort Payne, Alabama 35968 , Phone: (256) 304-2600, Fax: (256) 304-2601
  • Rodeway Inn - Fort Payne, 102 Drinkard Drive NW, Fort Payne, Alabama 35967 , Phone: (256) 845-2950, Fax: (256) 845-2949
  • DeSoto State Park Lodge, 1299 Blalock Drive NE, Fort payne, Alabama 35967 , Phone: (256) 845-5380, Fax: (256) 845-3224
All 6 fire-safe hotels and motels in Fort Payne, Alabama
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
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Fort Payne, AL
  • 70.0%Electricity
  • 22.7%Utility gas
  • 4.2%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 2.1%Wood
  • 0.5%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 0.5%No fuel used
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Fort Payne, AL
  • 82.2%Electricity
  • 12.5%Utility gas
  • 3.6%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.9%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 0.9%No fuel used


Fort Payne compared to Alabama state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly 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.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.

Fort Payne on our top lists:

  • #38 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: production occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #57 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most people driving a car to work alone (population 5,000+)"
  • #62 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: manufacturing (population 5,000+)"
  • #63 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: manufacturing (population 5,000+)"
  • #72 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Guatemala (population 500+)"
  • #24 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for Romney (Republican) in the 2012 Presidential Election (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #65 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #79 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
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