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Gulf Shores, Alabama

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The location of Gulf Shores

Welcome to Gulf Shores ...

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

The location of Gulf Shores has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<1>

A typical abbreviation for Gulf Shores: Gulf Shrs.

From the  Census Estimates for 2017, Gulf Shores has a population of 11,809 people<2> (see below for details).

Gulf Shores is near sea level<3>.

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<4>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Gulf Shores had a population of 9,741 people (or 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 2017 Census Estimates, Gulf Shores had an population of 11,809 people. This is an increase of 21.23% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 134.12% since the 2000 Census).

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

Communities near Gulf Shores ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance from Gulf Shores and not the distance if you are going to drive.<5>.

Community   2017
Elberta   [Map]   1,714   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
Foley   [Map]   18,288   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
Magnolia Springs   [Map]   804   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
Orange Beach   [Map]   6,029   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
Perdido Beach   [Map]   625   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
Robertsdale   [Map]   6,098   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 for those tracing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Gulf Shores. If available, we provide a satellite 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 can read an overview with links that will help you 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 about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Gulf Shores.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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The official website for Baldwin County:

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Footnotes ...

<1>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.

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<2>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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<3>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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<4>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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<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. 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, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Gulf Shores. Since we usually use Google Maps, 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 we use 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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