Gulf Shores, AL Profile: Facts & Data

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Gulf Shores, Alabama - Basic Facts

The City of Gulf Shores had a population of 14,032 as of July 1, 2019. Gulf Shores ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Alabama. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Gulf Shores is located at latitude 30.246 and longitude -87.7008 in Baldwin County. The formal boundaries for the City of Gulf Shores 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.


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Gulf Shores, AL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Gulf Shores, AL Housing Affordability Index is 117
State of Alabama Housing Affordability Index is 174
The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.

WEALTH INDEX

Gulf Shores, AL Wealth Index is 100
State of Alabama Wealth Index is 73
The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

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POPULATION

Total Population 14,032
Population in Households 14,028
Population in Familes 10,507
Population in Group Qrtrs 4
Population Density 500
Diversity Index1 24
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $58,965
Average Household Income $81,642
Per Capita Income $36,610
Wealth Index3 100

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 15,447 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,651 (23.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,616 (16.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 9,180 (59.4%)
Median Home Value $276,642
Housing Affordability Index2 117
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 6,267
Average Household Size 2.24
Family Households 3,833
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. 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.
  2. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  3. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 3.1% 2.33%
Households 2.93% 2.28%
Families 2.8% 2.12%
Median Household Income   2.48%
Per Capita Income   2.44%

Gulf Shores, AL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Gulf Shores to the other 585 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Alabama by rank and percentile using July 1, 2019 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 # 48 92nd
Population Density # 140 76th
Diversity Index # 415 29th
Median Household Income # 79 87th
Per Capita Income # 23 96th

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