The City of Gulf Shores had a population of 14,830 as of July 1, 2021. 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 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.
|Total Population||14,830 (100%)|
|Population in Households||14,826 (100.0%)|
|Population in Families||11,062 (74.6%)|
|Population in Group Quarters1||4 ( 0.0%)|
|Median Household Income||$51,836|
|Average Household Income||$81,033|
|% of Income for Mortgage4||24%|
|Per Capita Income||$36,536|
|Total HU (Housing Units)||16,025 (100%)|
|Owner Occupied HU||4,445 (27.7%)|
|Renter Occupied HU||2,202 (13.7%)|
|Vacant Housing Units||9,378 (58.5%)|
|Median Home Value||$296,467|
|Average Home Value||$367,704|
|Housing Affordability Index3||111|
|Average Household Size||2.23|
|Average Family Size||3|
GROWTH RATE / YEAR
|Median Household Income||2.7%|
|Per Capita Income||2.44%|
|Owner Occupied HU||2.06%|
The table below compares Gulf Shores to the other 586 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Alabama by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 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.
|Total Population||# 42||93rd|
|Population Density||# 123||79th|
|Median Household Income||# 172||71st|
|Housing Affordability Index||# 53||9th|
|Per Capita Income||# 36||94th|
|Diversity Index||# 418||29th|
Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Alabama Census Data Comparison Tool.