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Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores, Alabama

  •   State: 
    Alabama
      County: 
    Baldwin County
      City: 
    Gulf Shores
      County FIPS: 
    01003
      Coordinates: 
    30°16′4″N 87°42′5″W
      Area total: 
    33.21 sq mi (86.01 km²)
      Area land: 
    28.36 sq mi (73.46 km²)
      Area water: 
    4.84 sq mi (12.55 km²)
      Elevation: 
    7 ft (2 m)
  •   Latitude: 
    30,2484
      Longitude: 
    -87,6916
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL
      Timezone: 
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 
    36542
    36547
      GMAP: 

    Gulf Shores, Baldwin County, Alabama, United States

  •   Population: 
    15,014
      Population density: 
    529.35 residents per square mile of area (204.38/km²)
      Household income: 
    $46,345
      Households: 
    3,442
      Unemployment rate: 
    9.60%
  •   Sales taxes: 
    9.00%
      Income taxes: 
    5.00%

Gulf Shores is located on the Gulf of Mexico at 30°16'4.069" North, 87°42'5.285" West (30.267797, 87.701468). It is the southernmost settlement in the state of Alabama. The city has a humid subtropical climate, with long, hot summers, and mild and sunny winters. In September 1979, Hurricane Frederic caused massive destruction, leveling most of the town. On September 16, 2004, Hurricane Ivan made landfall in Gulf Shores, causing extensive wind and flooding damage. In 2005, while the city was still cleaning up from Ivan, Hurricane Katrina caused extensive damage and flooding. The area was then struck again in 2020 when Hurricane Sally made landfall on the 16 year anniversary of Ivan, causing widespread damage and widespread flooding. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 9,741; as of the 2020 census, there were 15,014 people, 5,810 households, and 3,347 families residing in the city. It is located 33 miles (53 km) west of Pensacola, Florida, 54 miles (87 km) south of Mobile, 197 miles (317 km) east of New Orleans, 194 miles (312 km) South of Montgomery, and 55 miles (89 km) West of Navarre, Florida. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city hasa total area of 28.0 square miles (72.5 km²), of which 23.2 squaremile (60.0 km²) is land and 4.8 square mile (12.5km²), or 17.24%, is water.

Geography

Gulf Shores is located on the Gulf of Mexico at 30°16'4.069" North, 87°42'5.285" West (30.267797, 87.701468). It is the southernmost settlement in the state of Alabama. The city has a humid subtropical climate, with long, hot summers, and mild and sunny winters. It is located 33 miles (53 km) west of Pensacola, Florida, 54 miles (87 km) south of Mobile, 197 miles (317 km) east of New Orleans, 194 miles (312 km) South of Montgomery, and 55 miles (89 km) West of Navarre, Florida. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city hasa total area of 28.0 square miles (72.5 km²), of which 23.2 squaremile (60.0 km²) is land and 4.8 square mile (12.5km²), or 17.24%, is water. In September 1979, Hurricane Frederic caused massive destruction, leveling most of the town. On September 16, 2004, Hurricane Ivan made landfall in Gulf Shores, causing extensive wind and flooding damage. In 2005, while the city was still cleaning up from Ivan, Hurricane Katrina caused extensive damage and flooding. The area was then struck again in 2020 when Hurricane Sally made landfall on the 16 year anniversary of Ivan, causing widespread damage and widespread flooding. Ocean surf temperatures are quite warm from May through November, often well into the low 80s.

Demographics

As of the 2010 census, there were 9,741 people living in the city. As of the 2020 U.S. census, the city has a population of 15,014. The city is located in Baldwin County, second only to Shelby County in Alabama. The median income for a household in theCity was $41,826, and the median family income was $51,862. The per capita income for the city was $24,356. About 6.8% of families and 9.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.4% of those under age 18 and 6.5% ofThose age 65 or over. The racial makeup of the city is 97.54% White, 0.22% Black or African American, 0.44% Native American, and 0.30% Asian. Of the population 1.23% were Hispanic or Latino of any race. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was2.56, according to the city's 2010 census. The population density was 274.3 per square mile (105.9/km²). There were 6,810 housing units at an average density of 370.4 per squaremile (143.0/ km²). The city's median age was 46 years. For every 100 females, there are 97.3 males. ForEvery 100 females age 18 or over, there is 95.5 males for every 100 males.

Education

The City of Gulf Shores Council passed resolution No. 5876-17 on October 9, 2017. The resolution effectively began the process for the City to break away from the Baldwin County School System. The Board of Education is appointed by the City Council. The first, and current, GulfShores City School Board members are:Kevin S. Corcoran, Ralph R. Gold, Jr., Nicky P. Gotschall, Dale Kayser Jernigan RN, MSN, and Kelly L. Walker. The high school is 912, the middle school is 78, and the elementary school is K6. Coastal Alabama Community College is the area community college. Prior to 2019, it was a part of Baldwin County Public Schools system. The school system is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2019. It is expected that the school system will be fully funded by the state of Alabama by the year 2020. It will be the first of its kind in the United States. The system will have a budget of $1.2 billion. It has a total of 12 schools, including two elementary schools and two middle schools. It also has a high school, with grades 912 and 78, as well as an elementary school, K6, and a junior high, withgrades K6 and 912. The schools are located in the city's historic downtown area. The city is located on the Gulf of Mexico coast. It was once part of the Alabama Gulf Coast, which is now part of Florida.

Tourism

The 2010 BP oil spill was expected to severely affect both local real estate and beach tourism. After a rough year, the tourism economy in Gulf Shores appears to have returned to pre-spill levels. The city is moving forward with plans to transform Gulf Place, the citys most iconic stretch of beachfront and main public beach area with a $15 million Gulf Place Revitalization Project. The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo (as featured in Animal Planet's "The Little Zoo that Could") is one of the city's most popular attractions. Other popular attractions include the Pelican Place at Craft Farms, a shopping mall; and Waterville USA, a family amusement/waterpark. The City is home to an annual three-day music festival on the beach each May, the Hangout Music Festival. It is also home to two of the top-rated golf resorts in Alabama - Craft Farms and Kiva Dunes. There are a total of nine signature golf clubs, as well as a state-owned 18-hole course. There is a public boardwalk on the Beachside of the parking areas and public green space, walking paths, shade structures, restrooms, and attractive landscaping. Beach dune restoration will be incorporated into the design to provide habitat and protection from storm surge. Amenities will include on-site stormwater management and reuse. The project will be major components of the project, including on- Site stormwater Management and reuse, and on-Site Stormwater Management.

Airport

Jack Edwards National Airport is located in Gulf Shores and offers services from Gulf Air Center, Salt Air Aviation Center and Platium Air Center. The longest paved runway extends 6,962 feet. The facility is at an elevation of 17 feet. They offer outside tiedown as well as hangar space for aircraft. They can provide space by the night, week or month. There is 48-hour and long term parking available. The airport is located two miles from the beach. Their FBO Gulf Air. Center will provide a rental vehicle while they take care of fueling and storing aircraft. It is a short drive to the beach from the airport. It's a short walk to the airport from the town's main drag, the Gulf Coast Freeway. It has a paved runway that is 6, 962 feet long. It also has a long paved runway which is 5,715 feet. It can provide parking for 48 hours or long-term parking for up to a month. It offers a hangar for aircraft that can be rented by the day or the week. It was built in the 1960s and has a hangar that can hold up to 20 aircraft. The runway is at a height of 17ft. It will be used for commercial and military flights. It does not have a direct runway to the Gulf of Mexico, but does have a taxiway that goes from the Gulf to the city. It provides a parking lot for short-term and long- term parking. It comes with a 24-hour parking facility.

Criticism

Many Alabama residents have opposed the building of a new hotel on state property. The use of BP Oil spill funds to finance projects other than environmental repair has also been criticized. The hotel will be located on state-owned land in Alabama's Mobile County. It is expected to be completed by the end of the year. It will be the first hotel of its kind in the state's history and will cost about $1.5 million. The project will be funded by BP oil spill funds, which were used to repair the Gulf of Mexico's oil slick. The cost of the hotel is not expected to exceed $500,000, officials say. The state will use the money to pay for environmental repairs. It also will pay for the construction of a hotel on the state property in Mobile County, which will cost $100,000 to $150,000. The building will be on state owned land in the Mobile County community of Dothan, Alabama, which is in the southeastern part of the state. The hotel is scheduled to open in the spring of 2015. It has been approved by the Alabama State Legislature and the Alabama Board of Supervisors, which approved the project in 2012. It's expected to cost more than $1 million to build and is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2014. It would be the third hotel in the Alabama Gulf Coast area of the U.S. and the second in the Southeast. The first was built in the 1990s in Mobile, near the town of Mobile.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Gulf Shores, Baldwin County, Alabama = 78.5. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 68. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 79. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Gulf Shores = 5.6 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO (www.who.int/news-room/questions-and-answers/item/radiation-the-ultraviolet-(uv)-index) and is uniform worldwide.

Employed

The most recent city population of 15,014 individuals with a median age of 48.7 age the population grows by 42.16% in Gulf Shores, Baldwin County, Alabama population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 529.35 residents per square mile of area (204.38/km²). There are average 2.08 people per household in the 3,442 households with an average household income of $46,345 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 9.60% of the available work force and has dropped -7.83% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 14.74%. The number of physicians in Gulf Shores per 100,000 population = 179.6.

Weather

The annual rainfall in Gulf Shores = 58.9 inches and the annual snowfall = 0 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 84. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 223. 89 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 46.9 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 28, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Gulf Shores, Baldwin County, Alabama which are owned by the occupant = 23.73%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 13 years with median home cost = $226,220 and home appreciation of -3.89%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $2.93 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.

Study

The local school district spends $4,837 per student. There are 15 students for each teacher in the school, 336 students for each Librarian and 357 students for each Counselor. 6.69% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 20.10% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 9.50% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Gulf Shores's population in Baldwin County, Alabama of 2,123 residents in 1900 has increased 7,07-fold to 15,014 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 50.91% female residents and 49.09% male residents live in Gulf Shores, Baldwin County, Alabama.

    As of 2020 in Gulf Shores, Baldwin County, Alabama are married and the remaining 35.95% are single population.

  • 19.8 minutes is the average time that residents in Gulf Shores require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    81.46% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 9.30% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 0.63% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 3.98% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Gulf Shores, Baldwin County, Alabama, 23.73% are owner-occupied homes, another 9.14% are rented apartments, and the remaining 67.13% are vacant.

  • The 45.52% of the population in Gulf Shores, Baldwin County, Alabama who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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