Living Here

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Gulf Shores is nestled along the Alabama Gulf Coast's 32 miles of sugar-white sand beaches. This coastal city is home to just over 10,000 full time residents who live across its 28 square miles. While the local shoreline is overflowing with American history at nearby Historic Fort Morgan, Gulf Shores wasn't incorporated as a town until 1957 and remains a relative youngster budding with opportunity.

The local tourism economy injects nearly $3 billion in visitor spending annually and is the catalyst behind many wildly successful businesses like Saunders Yachtworks and Lucy Buffett's LuLu's Restaurant.

In a nutshell, Gulf Shores blends a unique combination of one America's most award-winning coastlines and family-friendly communities with a local economy that is thriving like never before.

The only question left to answer is...what are you waiting for?


Quick Facts:


  • Forbes Magazine named Baldwin County one the Top 50 Places to grow a business
  • 35% of the local population is aged 18-45
  • 1 in 10 residents holds a graduate level degree
  • 13 colleges and universities are located within 50 miles
  • The local population has grown over 43% since 2000
  • The Digital Renaissance - Learning for Life Program has elevated Gulf Shores schools as some of the nation's best

2018 Economic Development Year-In-Review


The 2018 Economic Development Year-In-Review gives a detailed reflection of featured projects, construction activity, business and community growth, and the local economy. To view the 2018 Economic Development report, please click here