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Gulf Shores, Alabama

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Welcome to Gulf Shores ...

The coastal city of Gulf Shores is located in Baldwin County.

A typical abbreviation for Gulf Shores: Gulf Shrs.

From the  Census Estimates for 2016, Gulf Shores has a population of 11,689 people<1> (see below for details).

Gulf Shores is near sea level<2>.

Time Zone: Gulf Shores lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

The area code for Gulf Shores: (251)

The ZIP codes for Gulf Shores: 36542, 36547<3>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Gulf Shores had a population of 9,741 people (which is 5.34% of the total population of Baldwin County). This makes Gulf Shores the county's 4th most populous community.

The population of Gulf Shores represents 0.2% of the total population of Alabama (which has 4,779,736 people), making it the state's 64th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 9,741 people, the population of Gulf Shores increased 93.12% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 5,044 people).

Taken from the 2016 Census Estimates, Gulf Shores had an population of 11,689 people. This is an increase of 20% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 131.74% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Gulf Shores.

Communities near Gulf Shores ...

The following is a sample of nearby communities. Keep in mind that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance from Gulf Shores and not the distance if you drove.<4>.

Community   2016
Elberta   [Map]   1,679   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
Foley   [Map]   17,607   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
Magnolia Springs   [Map]   802   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
Orange Beach   [Map]   5,981   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
Perdido Beach   [Map]   641   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
Robertsdale   [Map]   5,990   N   19 miles [30.6 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Gulf Shores.

Communities Also Named Gulf Shores ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found another community named Gulf Shores - it's located in Florida.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Gulf Shores.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections that should be of interest to those chasing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Gulf Shores. We make it easy to see an overhead view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Gulf Shores. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Gulf Shores.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Gulf Shores:

Websites for Gulf Shores ...

Official Website:
Chamber of Commerce:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Gulf Shores ...

Looking for more information about Gulf Shores? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you get an overview with links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Gulf Shores, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information and a map of those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Tourism Map for Gulf Shores.

Search for Local Businesses ...

Google's 'Search-by-Location' has proven to be a useful tool by people who planned visits to this area. We have prepared the following searches to help you find businesses, travel and vacation activities that are in (or close to) Gulf Shores. It's likely that the search results won't include all of the businesses that are in this area, but the results should give you a good foundation for further searches.

LodgingGas StationsBanks
Bed & BreakfastTruck StopsATMs
RestaurantsAuto RepairReal Estate
 RV RepairRentals
PharmacyAuto PartsChurches
 RV PartsCemeteries
AttractionsMotorcycle Parts 
 DentistsPost Offices
Auto RentalChiropractors 
Auto LeasingVeterinarians 

Business Owners: To appear in the above search results, your business will need to be listed with the Google Places service. Please use the below link to learn about and register for the free service.

If you find an error or if your business wasn't included in the results, please contact Google to register your business or report an error. We simply link to 'Search-by-Location' and have no control over their results. Only a registered owner/operator can add their business or correct mistakes - we can not do it for you.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

<1>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Gulf Shores.

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<2>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Gulf Shores - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<3>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Gulf Shores). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Gulf Shores or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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<4>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that stretches from Gulf Shores. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Gulf Shores) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Gulf Shores. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Gulf Shores

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Gulf Shores. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.2703, Longitude: -87.6986     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Gulf Shores have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<5>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Gulf Shores.