Grand Bay 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 3,701 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Grand Bay is the 145th largest community in Alabama.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Grand Bay is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Grand Bay is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Grand Bay who work in office and administrative support (15.06%), management occupations (11.04%), and sales jobs (9.72%).
Of important note, Grand Bay is also a town of artists. Grand Bay has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Grand Bay’s character.
Also of interest is that Grand Bay has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Grand Bay has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Grand Bay has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Grand Bay than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Grand Bay may be for you.
Grand Bay is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
Grand Bay is a very car-oriented town. 0.97% of residents commute to work in a private automobile rather than by other means, such as public transit, bicycling, or walking. This is because Grand Bay is a small town , and most people who live here have to drive out of town for work, and the town population is not large nor dense enough to support an extensive public transportation system. Grand Bay has a lot of rural roads, and houses can be far apart. Many residents drive out of town for regular shopping trips as well.
Being a small town, Grand Bay does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.
In Grand Bay, just 10.26% of people have at least a bachelor's degree, which is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%.
The per capita income in Grand Bay in 2010 was $22,918, which is upper middle income relative to Alabama, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $91,672 for a family of four. However, Grand Bay contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Grand Bay home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Grand Bay residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Grand Bay include German, French , Irish, and Scots-Irish.
The most common language spoken in Grand Bay is English. Other important languages spoken here include French and African languages.