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 an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the city’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially 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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
Orange Beach is a very car-oriented city. 90.39% of residents commute to work in a private automobile rather than by other means, such as public transit, bicycling, or walking. This is because Orange Beach is a small city , and most people who live here have to drive out of town for work, and the town population is not large nor dense enough to support an extensive public transportation system. Orange Beach has a lot of rural roads, and houses can be far apart. Many residents drive out of town for regular shopping trips as well.
Orange Beach 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.
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.