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Welcome to Fort Payne ...

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

The location of Fort Payne has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<1>

A typical abbreviation for Fort Payne: Ft. Payne

From the  Census Estimates for 2018, Fort Payne has a population of 13,987 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 Menlo (GA)), you will soon leave Central Time and cross into the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT).

Telephone area codes for Fort Payne: (256) & (938)<4>

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

Population Details ...

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 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 (which had a count of 12,938 people).

Taken from the 2018 Census Estimates, Fort Payne had an population of 13,987 people. This is a decrease of 0.18% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 8.11% since the 2000 Census).

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

Websites for Fort Payne ...

Official Website:

Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

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

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Fort Payne. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • 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 community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Fort Payne. Our list includes 10 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper 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.

Communities near Fort Payne ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Rainsville   [Map]

Lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<6> to the West (W) of Fort Payne

Summerville   [Map]

Lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the East (E) of Fort Payne

Located in Chattooga County (GA)

Henagar   [Map]

Lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North (N) of Fort Payne

Collinsville   [Map]

Lies 16 miles [25.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) of Fort Payne

Sylvania   [Map]

Lies 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) of Fort Payne

Cedar Bluff   [Map]

Lies 17 miles [27.4 km] to the South (S) of Fort Payne

Located in Cherokee County

Fyffe   [Map]

Lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West (W) of Fort Payne

Leesburg   [Map]

Lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the South (S) of Fort Payne

Located in Cherokee County

Powell   [Map]

Lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) of Fort Payne

Geraldine   [Map]

Lies 18 miles [29 km] to the West (W) of Fort Payne

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Fort Payne.

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Footnotes ...

<1>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.

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<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Fort Payne.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Fort Payne - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<4>Area code (938) is an overlay for area code (256).

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<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.

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<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things 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, 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: 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: 34.4554, Longitude: -85.6969     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Fort Payne have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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