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Fort Payne, Alabama - Basic Facts

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The City of Fort Payne had a population of 14,057 as of July 1, 2017. Fort Payne ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Alabama. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Fort Payne is located at latitude 34.4573 and longitude -85.6894 in DeKalb County. The formal boundaries for the City of Fort Payne (see map below) encompass a land area of 56.77 sq. miles and a water area of 0.36 sq. miles. DeKalb County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 902 feet.

The City of Fort Payne (GNIS ID: 2403645) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Alabama is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Fort Payne is located within Fort Payne Division of DeKalb County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Fort Payne population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Fort Payne, AL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 14,057
Daytime Population: Workers 11,015
Daytime Population: Residents 8,245
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 19,260
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.37
Population in Households 13,806
Population in Familes 11,456
Population in Group Qrtrs 251
Population Density2 248
Diversity Index3 60


Median Household Income $37,970
Average Household Income $51,321
Per Capita Income $19,599


Total Housing Units 6,168 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,398 (55.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,901 (30.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 869 (14.1%)
Median Home Value $111,386
Average Home Value $145,318


Total Households 5,299
Average Household Size 2.61
Family Households 3,595
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.01% 0.19%
Households -0.02% 0.16%
Families -0.18% 0.02%
Median Household Income   0.18%
Per Capita Income   1.27%

Fort Payne, AL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Fort Payne to the other 580 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Alabama by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 49 92nd
Population Density # 284 51st
Diversity Index # 23 96th
Median Household Income # 315 46th
Per Capita Income # 373 36th

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