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Gulf Shores, Alabama - Basic Facts

The City of Gulf Shores had a population of 12,586 as of July 1, 2017.

The primary coordinate point for Gulf Shores is located at latitude 30.274 and longitude -87.7072 in Baldwin County. The formal boundaries for the City of Gulf Shores (see map below) encompass a land area of 26.48 sq. miles and a water area of 4.81 sq. miles. Baldwin County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 7 feet.

The City of Gulf Shores (GNIS ID: 2403770) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Alabama is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Gulf Shores is located within Foley Division of Baldwin County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Gulf Shores population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Gulf Shores, AL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 12,586
Daytime Population: Workers 7,146
Daytime Population: Residents 7,042
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 14,188
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.13
Population in Households 12,582
Population in Familes 9,448
Population in Group Qrtrs 4
Population Density2 475
Diversity Index3 23


Median Household Income $52,554
Average Household Income $73,360
Per Capita Income $33,025


Total Housing Units 14,797 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,893 (19.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,754 (18.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 9,151 (61.8%)
Median Home Value $254,181
Average Home Value $306,066


Total Households 5,646
Average Household Size 2.23
Family Households 3,465
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 3.08% 2.54%
Households 2.88% 2.54%
Families 2.84% 2.37%
Median Household Income   2.2%
Per Capita Income   2.75%

Gulf Shores, AL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Gulf Shores to the other 580 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Alabama by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 56 91st
Population Density # 156 73rd
Diversity Index # 417 28th
Median Household Income # 92 84th
Per Capita Income # 34 94th

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