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Orange Beach, Alabama
City
Condominiums and hotels on the beach
Condominiums and hotels on the beach
Location in Baldwin County and the state of Alabama
Location in Baldwin County and the state of Alabama
Country United States
State Alabama
County Baldwin
Area
 • 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
Website www.cityoforangebeach.com

Orange Beach is a city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 5,441.

Geography and climate

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.

Orange Beach has a humid subtropical climate, with mild-to-warm wet winters, and hot and humid summers.

Climate data for Orange Beach, Alabama
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 85
(29.4)
87
(30.6)
92
(33.3)
97
(36.1)
101
(38.3)
105
(40.6)
107
(41.7)
108
(42.2)
103
(39.4)
98
(36.7)
89
(31.7)
83
(28.3)
108
(42.2)
Average high °F (°C) 61
(16.1)
64
(17.8)
70
(21.1)
75
(23.9)
83
(28.3)
88
(31.1)
90
(32.2)
90
(32.2)
87
(30.6)
79
(26.1)
71
(21.7)
64
(17.8)
77
(25)
Average low °F (°C) 43
(6.1)
45
(7.2)
52
(11.1)
57
(13.9)
65
(18.3)
72
(22.2)
74
(23.3)
74
(23.3)
70
(21.1)
59
(15)
51
(10.6)
45
(7.2)
59
(15)
Record low °F (°C) 4
(-15.6)
9
(-12.8)
19
(-7.2)
29
(-1.7)
38
(3.3)
52
(11.1)
66
(18.9)
60
(15.6)
44
(6.7)
28
(-2.2)
25
(-3.9)
7
(-13.9)
4
(-15.6)
Precipitation inches (mm) 5.72
(145.3)
4.86
(123.4)
6.32
(160.5)
3.97
(100.8)
4.41
(112)
5.17
(131.3)
7.09
(180.1)
6.11
(155.2)
6.75
(171.5)
4.26
(108.2)
4.43
(112.5)
4.02
(102.1)
63.11
(1,603)
Source: IntelliCast.com

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1990 2,253
2000 3,784 68.0%
2010 5,441 43.8%
Est. 2015 5,850 7.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
2013 Estimate
Phoenix Condos view in Orange Beach Alabama
View of Perdido Pass from Orange Beach

As of the census 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.

Recreation

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.

For entertainment, locals and visitors head to the Orange Beach Islands, also known as the Islands of Perdido Pass, consisting of Bird Island, Robinson Island, Gilchrist Island, and Walker Island. All 4 islands of the Perdido Pass are located within minutes of each other. There is no safe way of getting to the Orange Beach Islands by foot, and the currents make it unsafe to swim. The best way to get to the Orange Beach Islands is by boat, kayak, paddleboard, or jet ski.

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


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