Dauphin Island is a very small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Alabama. With a population of 1,242 people and just one neighborhood, Dauphin Island is the 267th largest community in Alabama.
Real Estate Prices
Dauphin Island real estate is some of the most expensive in Alabama, although Dauphin Island house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Occupations and Workforce
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Dauphin Island is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Dauphin Island is a town of professionals, sales and office workers and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in Dauphin Island who work in office and administrative support (13.39%), teaching (9.84%) and management occupations (8.86%).
And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Dauphin Island has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.
A relatively large number of people in Dauphin Island telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.39% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Setting & Lifestyle
Another notable thing is that Dauphin Island is an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the town’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially quieter place to live.
The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Dauphin Island has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Dauphin Island a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.
One of the nice things about Dauphin Island is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
As is often the case in a small town, Dauphin Island doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.