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 11,689 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.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Gulf Shores is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. 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 (22.41%), management occupations (14.86%), and food service (12.05%).
Also of interest is that Gulf Shores has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 10.03% 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.
Gulf Shores 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.
Gulf Shores is a small city, and as is often the case with smaller towns, the population isn't large or dense enough to support much in the way of a public transportation system. In fact, there are many rural roads around Gulf Shores, which makes walking or biking to and from work a bit difficult. This makes for a very car-oriented town: 78.09% of residents commute to work by private automobile, and people often drive out of town for work, shopping, and other activities.
Gulf Shores is a small city, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.
In terms of college education, Gulf Shores is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 31.22% of adults in Gulf Shores have a college degree.
The per capita income in Gulf Shores in 2010 was $31,814, which is wealthy relative to Alabama, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $127,256 for a family of four. However, Gulf Shores contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Gulf Shores is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. 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 German, English, Welsh, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Gulf Shores is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.