Introduction to Fairhope, Alabama

Fairhope, Alabama, in Baldwin county, is 14 miles SE of Mobile, Alabama (center to center) and 135 miles E of New Orleans, Louisiana. The city is included in the Mobile metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 12,480 people lived in Fairhope.

Fairhope History

The City of Fairhope was founded in 1894 as a utopian single tax colony. It was established by the "Fairhope Industrial Association" on the site of the former City of Alabama. Since it was a model community based on the common ownership of land, and was created with a "fair hope of success", it was christened "Fairhope" by the Midwesterners. The School for Organic Education was established in the city in 1907 by educator Marietta Johnson. Fairhope was incorporated in 1908. In the early 1900s, the city became a popular wintering spot for intellectuals and artists.

Fairhope and nearby Attractions

  • Municipal Pier
  • Marietta Johnson Museum
  • Mobile Botanical Gardens
  • Meaher State Park
  • Fort Gaines
  • Phoenix Fire Museum

Things To Do In Fairhope

While in Fairhope, people can visit the historic sites and museums like Bragg-Mitchell House, Carlen House, American Sport Art Museum, and Gulf Shores Museum, all of which are located within 20 miles of the city. Fort Gaines, another historic site close to Fairhope, is a mid-19th century fort which played an important role in the Battle of Mobile Bay. Golfers may enjoy a visit to the Quail Creek Golf Course and Rock Creek Golf Club. The Del-Fair Shopping Center, Baldwin Square Shopping Center, and Eastern Shore Shopping Center, are popular shopping malls in the area. The city also celebrates the internationally acclaimed Arts & Crafts Festival, a three day event offering live entertainment and unique cuisine on the streets of Fairhope.

Fairhope Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Mobile Regional Airport.

Fairhope Higher Education

The University of South Alabama-Baldwin is located in Fairhope. The James H Faulkner State Community College, Pensacola Junior College, and Bishop State Community College, are also nearby.


Total Population 16,661
Male Share of the Population 44.2%
Female Share of the Population 55.8%
Senior Citizens 23.2%
Employed Population 16+ 6,739
Age of the Population 45


% of people married 56.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 47.2%
Median Earnings25+ $39,505
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $25,321
Median Earnings With High School Degree $17,182


Median Family Income $77,575
% Above Poverty Level 89.5%
% Below Poverty Level 10.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%


People Living Alone 30.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,034
Median House Value $232,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.6%
US/American 0.1%
English 13.9%
Irish 12.9%

Fairhope Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 14 miles SE of Mobile, Alabama (center to center)
Nearest Large City 135 miles E of New Orleans, Louisiana
County Baldwin
Metro Area Mobile
Standard Zip Codes 36532
P.O. Box Zip Codes 36533
Phone Area Codes 251
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 30.522
Longitude -87.903

Fairhope Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 2.2 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 60 F
Apr Temp 55 to 77 F
Jul Temp 73 to 90 F
Oct Temp 57 to 79 F
Annual Precip 67.7 inches
Distance 23.4 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 61 F
Apr Temp 55 to 77 F
Jul Temp 72 to 91 F
Oct Temp 56 to 79 F
Annual Precip 66.2 inches
Distance 25.9 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 59 F
Apr Temp 54 to 76 F
Jul Temp 71 to 89 F
Oct Temp 56 to 77 F
Annual Precip 67.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Fairhope, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Fair Hope (36532)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Daphne 22,983 $74,762
Loxley 2,170 $50,224
Robertsdale 5,556 $55,208
Silverhill 684 $48,958
Spanish Fort 7,357 $81,509
Summerdale 1,076 $44,464

Fairhope Public Libraries

Fairhope Public Library
Fairhope, Alabama
(251) 928-7483
Library Web Site

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Fairhope Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(251) 928-2375
Emergency Service: No

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