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 11,809 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 88.48% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Gulf Shores is a city of sales and office workers, managers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Gulf Shores who work in sales jobs (19.56%), management occupations (18.44%), and food service (12.05%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 11.45% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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 education level of Gulf Shores citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 35.39% of adults in Gulf Shores have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Gulf Shores in 2010 was $38,449, which is wealthy relative to Alabama and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $153,796 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 English, Irish, German, Scots-Irish, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Gulf Shores is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.