Skip to Main Content
B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    B-
Fort Payne is a town in Alabama with a population of 14,017. Fort Payne is in DeKalb County. Living in Fort Payne offers residents a suburban rural mix feel and most residents own their homes. Many families live in Fort Payne and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Fort Payne are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$126,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$590
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban Rural Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    39%
  • Own
    61%
Sponsored Mortgage Options for Fort Payne
Get Rates
  • $0 Lender Fee on Home Loans Limited Time Only
  • Biggest Home Loan Sale Ever. Low interest rates. Get a quote today!
Niche may be compensated by the third party lenders and others who place ads on the website. Niche is not a lender and does not endorse the products of these advertisers. Fees that Niche receives for ads do not affect the terms you may be offered by the lender you choose. There are many additional borrowing options available.

Fort Payne Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    197.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    7.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    70.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    586.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,479.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    176.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    17%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    8%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    29%
    13%

Working in Fort Payne

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$41,320
National
$55,322
Places like Fort Payne
More

Fort Payne Reviews

24 reviews
All Categories
Fort Payne is an excellent place to raise a family. Good schools. Plenty of work opportunities. It is a central hub to larger cities(Chattanooga, Gadsden, Atlanta, Birmingham). Fort Payne is also an outdoors enthusiast's playground with Desoto State Park and Little River Canyon at your backdoor. I've lived in Fort Payne all of my life and plan to raise my family here. Educational opportunities are also available. Northeast Alabama Community College, Snead State, and Gadsden State are all community colleges within a short driving distance of Fort Payne to further your career. Overall, I would strongly recommend Fort Payne to anybody looking for a safe, centralized, good ol' hometown to raise a family. Roll Tide.
Start Your Review of Fort Payne
Rate It!
I love Fort Payne because of its community. The annual Boom Days celebration and other festivities are always packed and tons of fun. Fort Payne has many unique local shops including craft markets, restaurants, and Mexican bakeries. My favorite part of Fort Payne is that it is very close to the Little River Canyon National Preserve and Desoto State Park. My only issue with Fort Payne is the school system. Although it is better than most schools near it, it still has a lots of room to improve.
Fort Payne is a small town featuring little river canyon, and other relaxing enjoyable parks in Fort Payne, Ala but it is increasing by bringing in more restaurants and industrial building which has created more jobs. More people have moved into the area, which has created more traffic flow at times. The things I would change in Fort Payne is that I wish there were more events that kids and teenagers can go to. I would also like them to improve their downtown stores. Overall, you would have a nice time in Fort Payne.