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Orange Beach

Orange Beach, Alabama

  •   State: 
    Baldwin County
    Orange Beach
      County FIPS: 
    30°17′29″N 87°33′43″W
      Area total: 
    15.95 sq mi (41.30 km²)
      Area land: 
    14.71 sq mi (38.11 km²)
      Area water: 
    1.23 sq mi (3.20 km²)
    0 ft (0 m)
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
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    Orange Beach, Baldwin County, Alabama, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    550.19 residents per square mile of area (212.43/km²)
      Household income: 
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Orange Beach is the easternmost community on Alabama's Gulf Coast, with Florida's Perdido Key bordering it to the east. As of the 2020 Census, the population was 8,095. Orange Beach has a humid subtropical climate, with mild-to-warm winters, and hot and humid summers. A 112 feet (34 m) high Ferris wheel is located at The Wharf in Orange Beach. The city of Orange Beach hosts many sporting events and tournaments at the Orange Beach Sportsplex. The Sportsplex has hosted the SEC Women's Soccer Tournament on numerous occasions, in addition to the NCAA Division II men and women's soccer tournament. The Orange Beach Public Public Schools system serves students in grades kindergarten through sixth grade. Students in grades seven through twelve attend Orange Beach Middle and High School and Gulf Shores High School. Southern University is a private university with an online campus located in unincorporated Orange Beach, with students in grade 7-10-10 and grade 12-10 attending online classes. The school system is part of the Baldwin County Public Schools district, which also has a private school in the unincorporated town of Shores, Alabama, which has a public school system that serves seventh through 12th grade students. The public school district has a total enrollment of 8,000 students, with 7,000 of those students living in the city. The state of Alabama has a high school graduation rate of 75%. The state has a low unemployment rate of 4.7%.


Orange Beach is located along the Gulf of Mexico, and is the easternmost community on Alabama's Gulf Coast. The city has a humid subtropical climate, with mild-to-warm winters, and hot and humid summers. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the City has a total area of 15.9 square miles (41.3 km²) of which 14.7 square miles is land and 1.2 square miles, or 7.83%, is water. The City of Gulf Shores is to the west and Florida's Perdido Key to the east. Orange Beach has a population of 2,816. The population of the City of Orange Beach was 2,715 in the 2010 Census. The area has a temperature of °F (°C) to °C (°F to °F) with mild to warm winters and hot to humid summers, and mild to hot summers. It is located on the Alabama Gulf Coast, with Florida's Gulf Key bordering it to the north. The U.N. World Heritage Site is located in Orange Beach. The World Heritage site is the World Heritage-listed Orange Beach Memorial Park. The park is located at the base of the Orange Beach bluff. It has a diameter of about 2.5 miles (4.5 km²), and an area of 1.8 miles (2.7 km²). It has an elevation of 7.2 square miles (14.1 km²) to the top of the bluff.


As of the 2010 census, there were 5,441 people, 2,492 households, and 1,544 families residing in the city. There were 11,726 housing units at an average density of 737.5 per square mile (284.8/km²) The racial makeup of the city was 94.3% White, 0.6% Black or African American, 0,7% Native American,0.8% Asian, 1.4% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. The city's population was 18.7% under the age of 18, 6.7 percent from 18 to 24, 23.7 per cent from 25 to 44, 31.7per cent from 45 to 64, and 19.2 per cent who were 65 years of age or older. The median income for a household was $66,656, and the median family income was $69,964. The per capita income for the city is $40,153. About 0.0% of the population was below the poverty line, including 2.8 per cent of those under age 18 and 0.9% of those age 65 or over. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the city will have 8,095 residents in the 2020 census. It is the largest city in the state with a population of more than 8,000. It has a population density of 370 per square miles (140/ km²).


The Orange Beach Sportsplex is a football/soccer stadium with a seating capacity of 1,500. The facility also has several baseball and softball fields. Orange Beach is home to the Orange Beach Running Club, which meets every Monday evening to run a 5K. A 112 feet (34 m) high Ferris wheel is located at The Wharf in Orange Beach. The Backcountry Trail system through the Gulf State Park has a trailhead located at the Sportsplex. The Sportsplex has hosted the SEC Women's Soccer Tournament on numerous occasions, in addition to the NCAA Division II men and women's soccer tournament. It once served as home to. the Alabama Lightning of the North American Football League. It is located north of the Gulf state Park and a short distance from The Wharf. The city of Orange Beach hosts many sporting events and tournaments at the sportsplex. It has also hosted the NCAA Men and Women's Division II soccer tournament on several occasions, as well as the SEC Men and Woman's Division I soccer tournament in the 1990s and 2000s. The sportsplex was built in the 1970s and 1980s. It was originally built as a football stadium, but was later converted into a baseball/softball stadium. It also has a baseball andsoftball field, which has a capacity of more than 1,000. The backcountry trail system is located in the area, and a trail head is located near the stadium. The trailhead is also near the sports complex.


Orange Beach Elementary School is the city's only school and serves students in grades kindergarten through sixth grade. Students in grades seven and twelve attend Orange Beach Middle and High School.Columbia Southern University is a private online-only university that is located in Orange Beach. For the 2019-2020 school year Orange Beach grade 7-10 students had a choice between remaining with Gulf Shores schools or attending temporary classrooms established by Baldwin County schools. In 2019 those schools separated into the GulfShores City Schools district. The new Orange Beach middle and high school will open in 2020. The school is located on Canal Road with a campus on the Beach Express road and a larger campus in the middle of the city. The high school is on Beach Express Road on the south side of Orange Beach and the middle school on the north side of the beach.


Orange Beach offers a wide selection of family beach vacation opportunities. Bird Island, Robinson Island, Gilchrist Island, and Walker Island are located within minutes of each other. The best way to get to the Orange Beach Islands is by boat, kayak, paddleboard, or jet ski. There is no safe way of getting to theOrange Beach Islands by foot, and the currents make it unsafe to swim. The Islands of Perdido Pass are also known as the "Islands of the Gulf of Mexico" and are located just off the coast of San Diego. They are a group of four islands that are all located within a few miles of one another. The islands are known for their dolphin cruises, golf course condo communities, beach houses, and everything in between. For entertainment, locals and visitors head to the orange Beach Islands, also known to the locals as the 'Island of the Sea', consisting of Bird, Robinson, and Gilchrist Islands.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Orange Beach, 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 66. 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 80. 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 Orange Beach = 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 ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 8,095 individuals with a median age of 47.3 age the population grows by 57.05% in Orange Beach, Baldwin County, Alabama population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 550.19 residents per square mile of area (212.43/km²). There are average 2.06 people per household in the 2,890 households with an average household income of $44,387 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 Orange Beach per 100,000 population = 179.6.


The annual rainfall in Orange Beach = 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 = 226. 91 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 39.8 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 29, 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 Orange Beach, Baldwin County, Alabama which are owned by the occupant = 15.53%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 10 years with median home cost = $300,960 and home appreciation of -9.25%. 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.


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. 7.91% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 15.40% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 9.48% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Orange Beach's population in Baldwin County, Alabama of 7,982 residents in 1900 has increased 1,01-fold to 8,095 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 48.42% female residents and 51.58% male residents live in Orange Beach, Baldwin County, Alabama.

    As of 2020 in Orange Beach, Baldwin County, Alabama are married and the remaining 44.31% are single population.

  • 22.8 minutes is the average time that residents in Orange Beach 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.

    82.68% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 11.46% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool and 2.73% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Orange Beach, Baldwin County, Alabama, 15.53% are owner-occupied homes, another 5.62% are rented apartments, and the remaining 78.85% are vacant.

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

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