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.
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, Grand Bay has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Grand Bay a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.
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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
Grand Bay is very much a car-oriented town. This is because the population of Grand Bay isn't large enough or dense enough to support an extensive public transit system. It has a lot of rural roads, and the distance between houses can be quite large, which together tends to discourage walking and bicycling to work. 0.97% of residents commute to work in their own car (and the drive is typically to a job out of town). People also tend to drive out of town for other services as well, such as shopping, doctors appointments, and more.
As is often the case in a small town, Grand Bay doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.
The percentage of people in Grand Bay with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 10.26% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
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.