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About Gulf Shores
Gulf Shores is located in Baldwin County (Alabama).

According to the 2010 US Census, Gulf Shores has a population of 9,741 people, making it Baldwin's 4th  and Alabama's 64th most populous community.

Our Pages for Gulf Shores ...

-profile   General information about Gulf Shores
-nearby   What's in the neighborhood around Gulf Shores
-bycounty   Nearest communities to Gulf Shores (By-County)
-census   Census information for Gulf Shores
-tidbits   Tidbits and trivia about Gulf Shores
-genealogy   Our Genealogy Helper for Gulf Shores
-cemeteries   Cemeteries in the area of Gulf Shores
-localpapers   Newspapers published in the immediate area of Gulf Shores
-newspapers   Newspapers published in a broader area around Gulf Shores
-summary   Summarized information
-map   Interactive map centered on Gulf Shores
-tripmap   TripAdvisor Tourism pages
-misc   Miscellaneous information
-wishlist   Things we would like to know about Gulf Shores
-glossary   This page...

Glossary and Definitions ...

Census Area for Gulf Shores
The Area value provided by the US Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Gulf Shores. For example, if there is a cluster of people living just outside of the city's official boundary, the Census-defined area might be expanded to include that group.

At the time of the 2010 Census, the US Census gave a land area of 23.16 square miles [60 km²] and a water area of 4.83 square miles [12.5 km²], giving Gulf Shores a total area of 27.98 square miles [72.5 km²].

It should be noted that the area given by the Census Bureau can change from one Census to the next. For example, the 2000 Census specified an area of 23.02 square miles [59.6 km²] for Gulf Shores compared to the 27.98 square miles [72.5 km²] given in 2010.
Decennial Census
The US Constitution requires that a count of the country's population be conducted every 10 years. The Census is conducted on those years ending in '0' (eg- 1990, 2000, 2010). This is known as a 'Decennial' Census. The process of taking a Census is called an 'Enumeration'.

The count includes citizens, non-citizen legal residents, long-term non-citizen visitors and illegal immigrants.

The purpose of the Census is to provide information about the demographic and social characteristics of the people of the United States. The results of the Census goes to the federal, state and local governments to support their planning and administrative activities.

The first Census was conducted in 1790. The most recent Census was conducted in 2010. The next Decennial Census will be conducted in 2020.

By comparison, the Canadian Census is conducted once every 5 years and is called a 'Quinquennial' Census.
FIPS Codes
In the past, the federal government created a set of codes that are used to uniquely identify States, Counties and Populated Places (such as a city like Gulf Shores). These codes form the Federal Information Processing Standard. (specifically FIPS Document 55-3).

The State Code consists of two digits, the County Code consists of three digits and the Place Code consists of five digits. The County and Place Codes must be used together with the State Code to be truly unique.

For example, the following codes apply to the city of Gulf Shores:

- State Code:  01 (Alabama)

- State / County Code:  01 / 003 (Baldwin County)

- State / Place Code:  01 / 32272

The FIPS Codes have been replaced by an ANSI standard and the GNIS Feature ID. Although obsolete, the FIPS Codes are still in use by some organizations.

For more information about the FIPS Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Gulf Shores.
GNIS Codes
The function of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN) is to establish uniform names for geographic features (eg- communities, mountains, lakes, rivers, streams, etc). The BGN was created to address the problems caused by spelling and naming variations. BGN–accepted names are kept in a database called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS), which is operated and maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

A unique and permanent identifier has been assigned for each feature in the GNIS database. These names and identifiers are definitive.

Gulf Shores has been given the GNIS Feature ID of '2403770'. Click here to see the GNIS Record for Gulf Shores.
Incorporated
Although there are regional variations, a city that is incorporated (such as Gulf Shores) is generally one with a charter from the State, defined boundaries and is governed by elected officials. By contrast, unincorporated communities usually exist by tradition, frequently with nebulous boundaries and without a recognized government.
QuickFacts
QuickFacts are documents created by the Census Bureau that contain demographic information. Although they don't create QuickFacts for all communities, they do have one for Gulf Shores.

Click here to see the Gulf Shores QuickFact (QF-0132272).

Not only does the QuickFact have details about Gulf Shores, it also contains a comparison between Gulf Shores and the state of Alabama.


 
 
 

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