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.
Orange Beach is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 vacation destination. A significant portion of the population is seasonal. During the vacation season, the city experiences a large influx of people who take up residence in second homes they own in the area. As the vacation season ends, the population drops again, leaving behind a substantially quieter and smaller city.
Residents will find that the city is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Orange Beach is worth considering.
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.
Orange Beach is very much a car-oriented city. This is because the population of Orange Beach isn't large enough or dense enough to support an extensive public transit system. It has a lot of rural roads, and the distance between houses can be quite large, which together tends to discourage walking and bicycling to work. 90.39% of residents commute to work in their own car (and the drive is typically to a job out of town). People also tend to drive out of town for other services as well, such as shopping, doctors appointments, and more.
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.