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Gulf Shores, Alabama - Basic Facts

The City of Gulf Shores had a population of 12,872 as of July 1, 2018. 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, 2018)


Total Population 12,872
Population in Households 12,868
Population in Familes 9,617
Population in Group Qrtrs 4
Population Density2 486
Diversity Index3 23


Median Household Income $53,798
Average Household Income $78,867
Per Capita Income $35,179


Total Housing Units 15,081 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,178 (21.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,546 (16.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 9,357 (62.0%)
Median Home Value $254,335
Average Home Value $304,586


Total Households 5,724
Average Household Size 2.25
Family Households 3,501
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 2.98% 2.45%
Households 2.7% 2.35%
Families 2.62% 2.18%
Median Household Income   3.22%
Per Capita Income   2.85%

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, 2018 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 # 54 91st
Population Density # 147 75th
Diversity Index # 416 28th
Median Household Income # 87 85th
Per Capita Income # 26 96th

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