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 5,850 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, Orange Beach isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Orange Beach are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Orange Beach is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Orange Beach who work in food service (14.72%), sales jobs (12.70%), and office and administrative support (10.89%).

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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

As is often the case in a small city, Orange Beach doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

The population of Orange Beach is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 34.29% of adults in Orange Beach have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Orange Beach in 2010 was $37,118, which is wealthy relative to Alabama and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $148,472 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 Portuguese and Spanish.

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