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Gulf Shores, Alabama

If you were to venture a little further south in the state of Alabama you arrive in the well known city of Gulf Shores. With a low cost of living, an increase in job growth, and an average commute time of a mere 18 minutes, why would you not live here? Gulf Shores is home to multiple, beautiful, beach access areas, one of the largest fleet fishing charter businesses, the Gulf State Park, The Historic Fort Morgan, and not to mention the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. The City has a population of 10,963 people and three constituent neighborhoods; it is the 67th largest community in Alabama.

The City of Gulf Shores offers several public beach access areas. Alabama's Gulf Coast is home to one of the largest charter fleets of fishing charter boats on the gulf, with more than 100 experienced captains ready to take you out on the water and help you reel in the catch of a lifetime. Try the zip line course at the Gulf State Park or travel to Historic Fort Morgan and relive the early days of our nation’s history. Make time for a trip to the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo.

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Gulf Shores Elementary, Gulf Shores Middle, and Gulf Shores High. In partnership with the community, the Baldwin County Public Schools' mission is to provide a quality education that fosters learning. Our vision is to create a world class learning environment.

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A variety of indoor and outdoor facilities will keep you busy – indoor pools, tennis courts, fishing piers, playground equipment, hiking trails and even a dog park for pet-friendly vacations. Both cities also present various activities, including free concerts.


Gulf Shores 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 10,963 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Gulf Shores is the 67th largest community in Alabama.

Why Gulf Shores

The cost of living is 2.70% lower than the U.S. average. Recent job growth is positive and has increased by .98%. The average commute time is only 18 minutes. Gulf Shores public schools spend, on average, $9,017 per student.

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With the plethora of events and activities offered, there’s something for everyone, from the young to the young-at-heart. Festivals, plays, music, history, sports and nature are just some of the wide variety of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores events you can find here year-round.