Gulf Shores is a somewhat small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Alabama. With a population of 11,131 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Gulf Shores is the 67th largest community in Alabama.
Gulf Shores real estate is some of the most expensive in Alabama, although Gulf Shores house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Gulf Shores is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.28% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Gulf Shores is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Gulf Shores who work in sales jobs (24.61%), management occupations (14.69%), and food service (12.82%).
A relatively large number of people in Gulf Shores telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.40% 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.
One of the nice things about Gulf Shores 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.
Being a small city, Gulf Shores does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.
The overall education level of Gulf Shores citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 30.87% of adults in Gulf Shores have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.
The per capita income in Gulf Shores in 2010 was $31,877, which is wealthy relative to Alabama and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $127,508 for a family of four. However, Gulf Shores contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Gulf Shores home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Gulf Shores residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Gulf Shores include Irish, English, Italian, and Welsh.
The most common language spoken in Gulf Shores is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.