Orange Beach, Alabama

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Orange Beach, Alabama
Condominiums along the beach in 2006
Condominiums along the beach in 2006
Motto: Life is better here
Location in Baldwin County and the state of Alabama
Location in Baldwin County and the state of Alabama
Coordinates: 30°17′29″N 87°33′43″W / 30.29139°N 87.56194°W / 30.29139; -87.56194
Country United States
State Alabama
County Baldwin
 • Mayor Tony Kennon
 • Total 15.9 sq mi (41.3 km2)
 • Land 14.7 sq mi (38.1 km2)
 • Water 1.2 sq mi (3.2 km2)
Elevation 13 ft (4 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 5,441
 • Density 370/sq mi (142.9/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 36561
Area code(s) 251
FIPS code 01-57144
GNIS feature ID 0124297

Orange Beach is a city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 5,441.[1] It is part of the DaphneFairhopeFoley Micropolitan Statistical Area.


Orange Beach is located along the Gulf of Mexico, and is the easternmost community on Alabama's Gulf Coast, with Florida's Perdido Key bordering it to the east. The city of Gulf Shores is to the west.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.9 square miles (41.3 km2), of which 14.7 square miles (38.1 km2) is land and 1.2 square miles (3.2 km2), or 7.83%, is water.[1]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1990 2,253
2000 3,784 68.0%
2010 5,441 43.8%
Est. 2014 5,788 [2] 6.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[3]
2013 Estimate[4]
View of Perdido Pass from Orange Beach

As of the census[5] of 2010, there were 5,441 people, 2,492 households, and 1,544 families residing in the city. The population density was 370 per square mile (140/km2). There were 11,726 housing units at an average density of 737.5 per square mile (284.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.3% White, 0.6% Black or African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 1.4% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. 2.6% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,492 households out of which 21.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.2% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.0% were non-families. 30.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.70.

In the city the population was 18.7% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 23.7% from 25 to 44, 31.7% from 45 to 64, and 19.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45.5 years. For every 100 females there were 98.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.1 males. The median income for a household in the city was $66,656, and the median income for a family was $69,964. Males had a median income of $54,806 versus $47,019 for females. The per capita income for the city was $40,153. About 1.2% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.0% of those under age 18 and 2.8% of those age 65 or over.


The city of Orange Beach hosts many sporting events and tournaments at the Orange Beach Sportsplex. The Sportsplex, located north of the Gulf State Park and a short distance from The Wharf, comprises a football/soccer stadium with a seating capacity of 1,500. The facility also has several baseball and softball fields.[6] The Backcountry Trail system through the Gulf State Park has a trailhead located at the Sportsplex.[7]

The Sportsplex has hosted the SEC Women's Soccer Tournament on numerous occasions, in addition to the NCAA Division II men and women's soccer tournament. The facility once served as home to the Alabama Lightning of the North American Football League.[citation needed]

A 112 feet (34 m) high Ferris wheel is located at The Wharf in Orange Beach.[8]

Orange Beach is home to the Orange Beach Running Club, which meets every Monday evening to run a 5K.


Orange Beach is part of the Baldwin County Public Schools system. Orange Beach Elementary School is the city's only school and serves students in grades kindergarten through sixth grade. Students in grades seven and eight attend Gulf Shores Middle School and those in grades ninth through twelfth attend Gulf Shores High School in neighboring Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Columbia Southern University is a private online-only university that is located in Orange Beach, with a campus in Orange Beach on Canal Road and a larger campus on the Beach Express road.


Orange Beach offers a wide selection of family beach vacation opportunities, from condos directly on the beach to just across the street, dolphin cruises, recreational centers with tennis and basketball courts, golf course condo communities, beach houses and everything in between.


  1. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Orange Beach city, Alabama". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved September 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  3. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013". Retrieved June 3, 2014. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015-07-07. 
  6. ^ "Orange Beach Sportsplex". City of Orange Beach Parks & Recreation Department. Retrieved 2012-05-27. 
  7. ^ "Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail". City of Orange Beach Parks & Recreation Department. Retrieved 2012-05-27. 
  8. ^ "Attractions on Alabama's Gulf Coast". Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism. Retrieved 2012-05-27. 

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Coordinates: 30°17′29″N 87°33′43″W / 30.291503°N 87.561985°W / 30.291503; -87.561985