Introduction to Gulf Shores, Alabama

Gulf Shores, Alabama, in Baldwin county, is 31 miles W of Pensacola, Florida (center to center) and 143 miles E of New Orleans, Louisiana. Part of the surrounding Mobile metro area, the city is not an isolated city. Gulf Shores is home to some 5,044 residents.

Gulf Shores History

Gulf Shores was originally inhabited by the Alibama, Creeks, and Seminole Indians. The area was frequented by pirates for over one hundred years. Spanish visited the area in the 1500s and constructed Fort Morgan, which played a significant role during the American Civil War. Gulf Shores is vulnerable to hurricanes as the city is located in the central northern gulf. The area was devastated by Hurricane Frederic in September 1979 and by Hurricane Ivan on September 16, 2004.

Gulf Shores and nearby Attractions

  • Gulf State Park
  • Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge
  • Gulf Shores Museum
  • Fort Morgan Historic Site
  • Waterville USA
  • Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

Things To Do In Gulf Shores

Gulf State Park and Gulf Shores Amusement Park are ideal destinations for spending a family day out. You can also visit the Gulf Shores Museum, Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, Baldwin County Heritage Museum, and Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. Leisure hours can also be spent at the Florida Point Beach, Lagoon Park Beach, Romar Beach, and Cotton Bayou Beach. You can enjoy shopping at Paradise Isle Shopping Center.

Gulf Shores Transportation

Air transportation is available from Mobile Downtown Airport.

Gulf Shores Higher Education

University of South Alabama-Baldwin, University of West Florida, and James H Faulkner State Community College are some of the nearest universities and colleges.


Total Population 10,703
Male Share of the Population 44.5%
Female Share of the Population 55.5%
Senior Citizens 23.6%
Employed Population 16+ 4,663
Age of the Population 47


% of people married 55%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 30.9%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $57,712
% Above Poverty Level 83.4%
% Below Poverty Level 16.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 7.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.7%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 30%
Median Gross Rent $897
Median House Value $232,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 21.9%
US/American 0.2%
English 18.4%
Irish 19.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Gulf Shores Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 31 miles W of Pensacola, Florida (center to center)
Nearest Large City 143 miles E of New Orleans, Louisiana
County Baldwin
Metro Area Mobile
Standard Zip Codes 36542
P.O. Box Zip Codes 36547
Phone Area Codes 251
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 30.245
Longitude -87.7

Gulf Shores Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 22.9 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 58 F
Apr Temp 62 to 74 F
Jul Temp 77 to 89 F
Oct Temp 65 to 77 F
Annual Precip 64.2 inches
Distance 23.7 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 24 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 61 F
Apr Temp 57 to 75 F
Jul Temp 74 to 90 F
Oct Temp 59 to 79 F
Annual Precip 63.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Elberta 1,506 $39,464
Foley 16,345 $52,264
Orange Beach 5,682 $65,017
Robertsdale 5,656 $56,726
Silverhill 654 $50,795
Summerdale 986 $44,038

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Gulf Shores Public Libraries

Thomas B. Norton Public Library
221 W. 19TH AV
Gulf Shores, Alabama
(251) 968-1176

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Gulf Shores High Schools

600 E 15TH AVE
Serves 574 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.6

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