Fort Payne, Alabama Population 2024

14,863

Fort Payne is a city located in DeKalb County Alabama. Fort Payne has a 2024 population of 14,863. It is also the county seat of DeKalb County.Fort Payne is currently declining at a rate of -0.05% annually and its population has decreased by -0.09% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 14,877 in 2020.

The average household income in Fort Payne is $62,999 with a poverty rate of 23.58%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Fort Payne is 39.7 years, 37.5 years for males, and 42.5 years for females.

Fort Payne Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Fort Payne was:

  • White: 81.11%
  • Other race: 10.94%
  • Two or more races: 4.02%
  • Black or African American: 2.2%
  • Native American: 1.53%
  • Asian: 0.21%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander:
State
Alabama
Land Area (mi²)
56.2 sq mi
Density (mi²)
264.50/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-0.09% (-14)
The current population of Fort Payne, Alabama is 14,863 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 14,877.

Fort Payne, Alabama Population 2024

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Fort Payne Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White12,01681.11%
Other race1,62110.94%
Two or more races5954.02%
Black or African American3262.2%
Native American2261.53%
Asian310.21%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
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White

Other race

Two or more races

Black or African American

Native American

Asian

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Fort Payne Population by Race

Fort Payne Population Pyramid 2024

Fort Payne Median Age

39.7

Total

37.5

Male

42.5

Female

Fort Payne Adults

There are 11,228 adults, (2,781 of whom are seniors) in Fort Payne.

Fort Payne Age Dependency

75.4

Age Dependency Ratio

32.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

42.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Fort Payne Sex Ratio

Female7,76152.39%
Male7,05447.61%

Fort Payne Population by Age

Fort Payne Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All5,8142.4765.734.3
Married2,6463.2883.716.3
Non Family2,1931.094753
Female7873.3461.138.9
Male1883.7150.549.5
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3.22

Average Family Size

2.47

Average Household Size

65.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Fort Payne Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Fort Payne Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Fort Payne Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 84.8%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 34.48%.

Fort Payne Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$32,722

Average Earnings

$38,519

Average Male

$23,995

Average Female

Fort Payne Earnings by Educational Attainment

Fort Payne Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Fort Payne Language

84.78% of Fort Payne residents speak only English, while 15.22% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 14.13% of the population.

Fort Payne Language

Fort Payne Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
Hispanic2,8971,59154.92%
White10,6651,59014.91%
Other1,62188554.6%
Multiple59517028.57%
Native22611149.12%
Black2455120.82%
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23.58%

Overall Poverty Rate

22.12%

Male Poverty Rate

24.88%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Fort Payne

The race most likely to be in poverty in Fort Payne is Hispanic, with 54.92% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Fort Payne is White, with 14.91% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 8.57%. Among those working part-time, it was 26.34%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 22.98%.

Fort Payne Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade33.81%
Some College18.74%
High School14%
Bachelors or Greater5.39%
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Fort Payne Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Unemployed21.67%
Female Unemployed17.52%
Male Employed16.29%
Female Employed12.35%
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Fort Payne Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Fort Payne Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Fort Payne Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

48.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

54.0%

Male Marriage Rate

43.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Fort Payne Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Fort Payne Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Fort Payne Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Fort Payne Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

575

Number of Veterans

520

Male Veterans

55

Female Veterans

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Fort Payne Veterans by War

count

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Fort Payne Veterans by Age

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Fort Payne Veterans by Race

Fort Payne Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

2.76%

Veteran Poverty Rate

24.49%

Veteran Disability Rate

Fort Payne Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

55.3%

Labor Force Participation

51.9%

Employment Rate

6.1%

Unemployment Rate

Fort Payne Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Fort Payne Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Fort Payne Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

67.24%

Born in Fort Payne

91.46%

Native Born

8.54%

Foreign Born

6.49%

Non Citizen

2.05%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

91.46% of Fort Payne residents were born in the United States, with 67.24% having been born in Alabama. 6.49% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Fort Payne Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202914,823-8-0.05%
202814,831-8-0.05%
202714,839-8-0.05%
202614,847-8-0.05%
202514,855-8-0.05%
202414,863-8-0.05%
202314,871-8-0.05%
202214,879-8-0.05%
202114,887100.07%
202014,8778355.95%
201914,042-30-0.21%
201814,072-43-0.3%
201714,115290.21%
201614,086-2-0.01%
201514,088100.07%
201414,07860.04%
201314,072-33-0.23%
201214,105-107-0.75%
201114,2121431.02%
201014,0691,1318.74%
200012,9381,1009.29%
199011,8383533.07%
198011,4853,05036.16%
19708,4351,40620%
19607,02980312.9%
19506,2261,80240.73%
19404,4241,04931.08%
19303,37567725.09%
18902,698
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Fort Payne Population by Year