Orange Beach, AL
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Orange Beach 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 5,981 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Orange Beach is the 105th largest community in Alabama.

Orange Beach home prices are not only among the most expensive in Alabama, but Orange Beach real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Orange Beach is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Orange Beach is a city of professionals, managers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Orange Beach who work in sales jobs (12.43%), management occupations (12.18%), and food service (11.65%).

Another notable thing is that Orange Beach is a major vacation destination. Much of the city’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Orange Beach’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.

The city 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, Orange Beach has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Orange Beach a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

Orange Beach 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.

Being a small city, Orange Beach does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

The education level of Orange Beach citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 37.19% of adults in Orange Beach have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Orange Beach in 2010 was $40,932, which is wealthy relative to Alabama and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $163,728 for a family of four. However, Orange Beach contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Orange Beach home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Orange Beach residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Orange Beach include German, Irish, Scots-Irish, and French .

The most common language spoken in Orange Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.

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