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Welcome to Fort Payne ...

The city of Fort Payne is located in DeKalb County<1> and is the County Seat for DeKalb County.

A typical abbreviation for Fort Payne: Ft. Payne

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Fort Payne has a population of 14,074 people<2> (see below for details).

Fort Payne was established in 1889.

The community of Fort Payne is 1,100 feet [335 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Fort Payne lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Note: If you travel east from Fort Payne (for example, toward Taliaferro (GA)), you will soon leave Central Time and cross into the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT).

Area codes for Fort Payne: (256) and (938)<4>

The ZIP codes for Fort Payne: 35967-35968<5>

Websites for Fort Payne ...

Official Website: www.fortpayne.org/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Fort Payne had an population of 14,074 people. This is an increase of 0.44% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 8.78% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Fort Payne had a population of 14,012 people (or 19.7% of the total population of DeKalb County). This makes Fort Payne the county's most populous community.

The population of Fort Payne represents 0.29% of the total population of Alabama (which has 4,779,736 people), making it the state's 46th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 14,012 people, the population of Fort Payne increased 8.3% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 12,938 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Fort Payne.

Communities near Fort Payne ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Fort Payne.

  • Rainsville [DeKalb County]
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    • Rainsville [DeKalb County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<6> to the northwest of Fort Payne
    • Estimated population in 2019: 5,123 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rainsville have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rainsville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rainsville<8>
  • Henagar [DeKalb County]
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    • Henagar [DeKalb County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the north of Fort Payne
    • Estimated population in 2019: 2,363 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Henagar
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Henagar<8>
  • Collinsville [DeKalb County]
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    • Collinsville [DeKalb County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the southwest of Fort Payne
    • Estimated population in 2019: 2,009 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Collinsville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Collinsville<8>
  • Sylvania [DeKalb County]
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    • Sylvania [DeKalb County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<6> to the northwest of Fort Payne
    • Estimated population in 2019: 1,894 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sylvania have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Crossville [DeKalb County]
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      • Crossville [DeKalb County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<6> to the southwest of Fort Payne
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,857 people
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Crossville<8>
    • Cedar Bluff [Cherokee County]
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      • Cedar Bluff [Cherokee County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the southeast of Fort Payne
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,823 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cedar Bluff have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cedar Bluff
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cedar Bluff<8>
    • Fyffe [DeKalb County]
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      • Fyffe [DeKalb County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<6> to the west of Fort Payne
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,045 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fyffe have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fyffe
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fyffe<8>
    • Leesburg [Cherokee County]
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      • Leesburg [Cherokee County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the south of Fort Payne
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,013 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Leesburg have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Leesburg
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Leesburg<8>
    • Powell [DeKalb County]
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      • Powell [DeKalb County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<6> to the northwest of Fort Payne
      • Estimated population in 2019: 967 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Powell
    • Geraldine [DeKalb County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Geraldine
      • Geraldine [DeKalb County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the west of Fort Payne
      • Estimated population in 2019: 898 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Geraldine
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Geraldine<8>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Fort Payne. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Fort Payne.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Fort Payne. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Fort Payne.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Fort Payne. Our list includes 10 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Fort Payne.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Fort Payne ...

Looking for more information about Fort Payne? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Fort Payne, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Fort Payne.

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About DeKalb County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Fort Payne: www.fortpayne.org/

The official website for DeKalb County: www.dekalbcountyal.us/

The official website for State of Alabama: https://www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Alabama's counties, including DeKalb, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Fort Payne.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Fort Payne - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>Area code (938) is an overlay for area code (256).
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Fort Payne). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Fort Payne or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Fort Payne includes: 35967 & 35968.
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Fort Payne) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Fort Payne. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Fort Payne

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Fort Payne. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.4442, Longitude: -85.7196    
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<8>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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