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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.


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Median household income
Local
$33,560
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Fort Payne demographic reports
Old ironmaking center
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 31. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 2.4 per 1,000 people.
Local bands (past and present) have included Alabama, country music group
Local festivals include:
  • Boomdays Heritage Festival - Sept. 22, 2007
  • Summer Music Festival - Aug. 19, 2007
Dates often change. Check Fort Payne web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: DeSoto State Park, Little River Canyon National Preserve
Historic sites and museums: Fort Payne Depot Museum
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)

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Ancestry & family history

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.

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13% of Fort Payne residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Fort Payne, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $290.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $715.


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Libraries in Fort Payne include Dekalb County Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Fort Payne include Fort Payne Times-Journal

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DeKalb County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Fort Payne political report.

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Traffic

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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Hotels in Fort Payne include Econo Lodge Fort Payne, Holiday Inn Express.

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