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Gulf Shores
Baldwin County, Alabama

ZipCodes
36542, 36547

Motto
A Water Way of Life



Page Contents for Gulf Shores, Alabama

Statistics & Facts

Location

Weather & Climate

History & History-related items

City Attractions

Economy

Government

Chamber of Commerce.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.

Libraries.

Schools.

Miscellany



Statistics & Facts

The Alabama state capital is Montgomery.
The population of Gulf Shores is approximately 6,166 2007, 9741 2010.
The approximate number of families is 6,810 2000, 4453 2010.
The amount of land area in Gulf Shores is 47.7 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Gulf Shores is 18.4 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 11.9 sq kilometers.
The distance from Gulf Shores to Washington DC is 861 miles.
The distance to the Alabama state capital is 166 miles. (as the crow flies)
Gulf Shores is positioned 30.27 degrees north of the equator and 87.70 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Gulf Shores elevation is 7 feet above sea level.
Gulf Shores per capita income is $ 27,952 2009.
Gulf Shores median income is $ 45,496 2009.
The Gulf Shores median home price is $ 265,975 2009.
Gulf Shores average annual precipitation is 67.71 inches peryear.
The average low temperature is 57 degrees F.
The average high temperature is 77 degrees F.

Location

on the gulf coast of Alabama about 31 miles from Pensacola, Florida. Other nearby communities include: Orange Beach, Foley, Elberta, Summerdale, Silverhill, Robertsdale, Point Clear and Fairhope.
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Climate


tropical with moderately warm temperatures in the summer and cool temperatures in the winter. High humidity, especially in summer, causes it to feel hotter than it really is during the summer months. Due to its location on the Gulf of Mexico, the area is prone to hurricanes. A number of strong hurricanes over the years have caused great damage to the community but residents have always rebounded from the disasters.
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History & History Related Items

Before the building of Fort Morgan here in the 1500's by the Spanish, the area was populated with Native Americans of several tribes. The fort was rebuilt and was important during the Civil War.

The community has had a violent history from hurricanes being the recipient of many heavy blows by them. The entire beachfront was destroyed by Hurricane Frederic in 1979 and numerous other storms affected the city, including Hurricanes Ivan, Dennis and Katrina.

Here is a history page for Gulf Shores. Also try this history page for Gulf Shores. Here is another history page for the area.
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Attractions

Gulf shores is mainly a seaside resort city with beachfront hotels, vacation homes, attractions geared to tourism and related industries. It has a beautiful beach that fronts the Gulf of Mexico. It also is home to a large charter fishing fleet. BeachEffects.com - your guide to the Alabama Gulf Coast

Home of the National Shrimp Festival
Held each year in October. Come and feast on all kinds of shrimp!

Gulf Shores Beaches

Things to do in the Gulf Shores area.

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo
1204 Gulf Shores Parkway
Gulf Shores AL 36542
Phone: 251 968-5731

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism
toll-free: 800-745-SAND 7263

Gulf Shores Museum
244 West 19th Avenue
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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Economy & Industry


Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance
22070 Hwy 59, Suite 101
Robertsdale, AL 36567
Phone: 251-947-2445
Toll-free: 800-947-2445
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Gulf Shores City Government

City of Gulf Shores, Alabama
1905 West First Street
P.O. Box 299
Gulf Shores, Alabama 36547
Phone: 251-968-2425

Gulf Shores Chamber

Alabama Gulf Coast Area Chamber of Commerce
3150 Gulf Shores Pkwy
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Phone: 251-968-6904

Gulf Shores Organizations

Alabama Gulf Coast Area Chamber of Commerce
3150 Gulf Shores Pkwy
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Phone: 251-968-6904

Gulf Shores Libraries

Thomas B. Norton Public Library
221 West 19th Avenue
Gulf Shores, Alabama
Phone: 251-968-1176

Gulf Shores Schools

Baldwin County Board of Education
2600 North Hand Avenue
Bay Minette, AL 36507
Phone: 251-937-0306 Gulf Shores

Miscellany

The population of Gulf Shores was:
1956 - 120
1990 - 3,261
2000 - 5,044
2007 - 6,166

Median age:
2000 - 46 years

Number of Housing Units:
2000 - 6,810


Median Household Income:
2000 - $ 41,826
2009 - $ 45,496

Per Capita Income:
2000 - $ 24,356
2009 - $ 27,952

Median House Value:
2000 - $ 161,700
2009 - $ 265,975

Gulf Shores is located in the Central Time Zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.


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