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Census Data for Orange Beach ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2016 and it gives Orange Beach a population of 5,981 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, giving Orange Beach a population of 5,441 people.

The city of Orange Beach is located in Baldwin County. The 2010 Census gave Baldwin County a population of 182,265 people. This means that Orange Beach had 2.99% of the county's total population, making it Baldwin's 7th most populous community.

At the same time, Alabama had a population of 4,779,736 people, meaning that Orange Beach had 0.11% of the total population of Alabama - making it the state's 95th most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Orange Beach, they draw a boundary around the area in which they are going to conduct their count - this is called a sampling area (or a polygon). The shape of the sampling area can be quite complex and it's important to keep in mind that the boundaries of the sampling area may or may not match the recognized boundaries of the city.

Things like the population, area and housing for Orange Beach reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Orange Beach might be slightly different, it's best to check with the U.S. Census Bureau if you need precision.

The 2010 Census shows that the sample polygon for Orange Beach has a total area of 15.95 square miles [41.3 km²]. Of this total, 14.7 square miles [38.1 km²] is land, with the balance (7.83%) being water (1.25 square miles [3.2 km²]).

Baldwin County has a land area of 1,589 square miles [4,117.5 km²]. At 14.7 square miles [38.1 km²], Orange Beach has 0.92% of the county's total land area.

Not only does the sampling area define boundaries, it also has a GPS location (latitude & longitude) that indicates a point within the sampling area (usually at the center of the polygon). At the time of the 2010 Census, the sampling area was located at:

Lat:   30° 17' 37"   (or 30.29°)             [Map]

Lon:   -87° 35' 12"   (or -87.59°)

More information on this topic and the changes between the 2000 Census and the 2010 Census can be found in the section for our Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Population Density ...

Using the population (5,441 people) and land area (14.7 square miles [38.1 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Orange Beach had a population density of 341.1 people per square mile [131.7 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Orange Beach had a population of 3,784 people and a land area of 10.4 square miles [26.9 km²]. This gives a population density of 332.3 people per square mile [128.3 people/km²]

NOTE: Be aware that when comparing population density between the 2000 Census and the 2010 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for Orange Beach. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to a questionable comparison. More information about the nature of these changes can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Baldwin County ...

Orange Beach is located in Baldwin County.

The county had a population of 182,265 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 5,441 people, Orange Beach represented 2.99% of the county's total.

In addition, where the city of Orange Beach has a population density of 341.1 people per square mile [131.7 people/km²], Baldwin County averages 114.6 people per square mile [44.27 people/km²].

For more information, please visit our Census Page for Baldwin County.

Population Rings for Orange Beach ...

To help identify the number of people who live in Orange Beach and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on Orange Beach. We counted the number of communities within each ring and summed their populations.<3>

  Radius   No of
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]26,622+9.96%
10 mi   [16 km]537,597+17.94%
15 mi   [24 km]739,643+18.46%
20 mi   [32 km]946,435+17.72%
25 mi   [40 km]13128,118+12.3%
30 mi   [48 km]14154,031+13.54%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Orange Beach, they start by specifying the boundaries of the area to be counted. This area (or sampling area) is a polygon and its shape can be quite complex - it may or may not match the geographical boundaries of Orange Beach. It's important to note that from one Census to the next, the shape and location of the polygon can change. If you need precision or details about the methodology of the Census, you should visit the U.S. Census Bureau for a definitive answer.

Area ...

The sampling area (or polygon) given for the 2010 Census is 40.06% larger than the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Orange Beach was 15.95 square miles [41.3 km²]. Of this total, 14.7 square miles [38.1 km²] is land, with the balance (7.83%) being water (1.25 square miles [3.2 km²]).

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 11.39 square miles [29.5 km²]. Of this total, 10.4 square miles [26.9 km²] is land, with the balance (6.2%) being water (0.99 square miles [2.6 km²]).

Location ...

While generally coinciding with the GPS location (latitude/longitude) of Orange Beach, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Orange Beach.

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   30.293833°   (or 30°17'37" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -87.586681°   (or -87°35'12" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   30.291503°   (or 30°17'29" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -87.561985°   (or -87°33'43" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 7,820 feet to the west<4> of the location that was used in the 2000 Census.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN) have assigned a unique GNIS identifier (#2404439) to Orange Beach. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Orange Beach. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   30.293250°   (or 30°17'35" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -87.583596°   (or -87°35'0" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 994 feet to the west<5> of the point given by the GNIS for Orange Beach. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Orange Beach.

Miscellaneous Information for Orange Beach ...

The Federal government has assigned various identifying codes to each community, county and state. At one time or another, the US Census Bureau has referenced one (or more) of the following identifiers when referring to either Baldwin County or the city of Orange Beach:

The GNIS Codes ...

The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Orange Beach:

GNIS ID for Orange Beach: 2404439

GNIS ID for Baldwin County: 161527

GNIS ID for Alabama: 1779775

The FIPS Codes ...

An earlier (and largely obsolete) identification method was called the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS):

State Code: 01 (Alabama)

County Code: 003 (Baldwin County)

Place Code: 57144 (Orange Beach)

State & County Code: 01/003 (Alabama / Baldwin County)

State & Place Code: 01/57144 (Alabama / Orange Beach)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Orange Beach is located in Census Region #3 (the South Region) and Division #6 (the East South-Central Division).

The US Postal Service ZIP Code ...

While some people have used a ZIP code to identify a community, the purpose of the ZIP code was to make mail delivery more efficient by grouping addresses together. Although the ZIP Code doesn't specifically identify a city like Orange Beach, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Orange Beach. It's important to remember that the boundaries of a ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned or overlapped with other ZIP Codes.

The ZIP code for Orange Beach: 36561<6>

Census ZCTA Codes ...

The US Census Bureau created statistical entities that they call ZIP Code Tabulation Areas (ZCTAs) and these ZCTAs are frequently confused with the ZIP codes that come from the US Postal Service (USPS).

ZCTAs were first created for the 2000 Census and at that time, they were based upon the USPS ZIP codes. While largely covering the same areas, the boundaries of a ZCTA do not necessarily match the boundaries of a postal ZIP code with the same number. For example, while a postal ZIP code can cross a county or state line, a Census ZCTA can not. They should be treated as separate entities with no correlation between them.

For more information about the various Federal identification codes, please visit our Misc Page for Orange Beach.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Baldwin County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau

The official website of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN)

The official website of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

The official website for Orange Beach: www.orangebch.com/

The official website for Baldwin County: www.co.baldwin.al.us/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Every year, the US Census Bureau creates a population estimate for the preceeding year. Keep in mind that this value is an estimate and not an actual count. The most recent Census estimate is for the year 2016.

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<2>Every 10 years (eg- 1990, 2000, 2010), the US Census Bureau conducts a Constitutionally-mandated count (or enumeration) of people living within the United States. This count is called a Decennial Census. The last Decennial Census was the 2010 Census, with the next one planned for 2020.

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<3>The communities in our count are those provided by the 2010 Census, so keep in mind that our population rings will only include the people living in those communities. Smaller communities usually don't participate directly in the Census and therefore they won't be included. While our count is a close approximation, it shouldn't be considered as a complete or accurate count.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the 2010 Census location is 83 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the GNIS point is 77 degrees.

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<6>When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Orange Beach or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Orange Beach.