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, 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 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.
It is a fairly quiet city because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Orange Beach has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Orange Beach has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Orange Beach than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Orange Beach may be for you.
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.
Being a small city, Orange Beach does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.
The citizens of Orange Beach are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 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.