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Fort Payne is a city in DeKalb County.
It is the county seat.
The community was named for the fort built during the forced removal of Indians along the Trail of Tears, as commissioned by Capt. John Payne.
The latitude of Fort Payne is 34.444N. The longitude is -85.719W.It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 906 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 13,279.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Fort Payne demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the DeKalb County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 35968 ZIP code.
6% of Fort Payne residents report German ancestry, and 12% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Fort Payne ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Fort Payne was $19,690, compared with $21,587 nationally.
13% of Fort Payne residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
Median rent in Fort Payne, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $290. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $715.
Libraries in Fort Payne include Dekalb County Public Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Fort Payne include Fort Payne Times-Journal
DeKalb County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Fort Payne political report.
The average commute time for Fort Payne workers is 17 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 7 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Fort Payne between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 5.4 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was higher than the national norm.
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