Orange Beach is a city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 3,784.[1] It is part of the Daphne–Fairhope–Foley Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

Orange Beach is located at 30°17’29.411″ North, 87°33’43.146″ West (30.291503, -87.561985).[2]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.4 square miles (30 km2), of which 10.4 square miles (27 km2) is land and 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2) (8.69%) is water.

Demographics

 

View of Perdido Pass from Orange Beach

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 3,784 people, 1,779 households, and 1,090 families residing in the city. The population density was 363.9 per square mile (140.5 /km2). There were 7,594 housing units at an average density of 730.3 per square mile (282.0 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.82% White, 0.37% Black or African American, 0.69% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 2.03% from other races, and 1.88% from two or more races. 2.77% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,779 households out of which 20.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.7% were non-families. 30.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.13 and the average family size was 2.61.

In the city the population was 16.6% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 30.5% from 45 to 64, and 18.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 108.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.2 males. The median income for a household in the city was $40,542, and the median income for a family was $51,222. Males had a median income of $34,063 versus $24,787 for females. The per capita income for the city was $27,082. About 6.2% of families and 10.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.0% of those under age 18 and 3.1% of those age 65 or over.

Sports

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 seats. The facility also has several baseball and softball fields. The Backcountry Trail system through the Gulf State Park has a trailhead located at the Sportsplex.

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.

A little known attraction, the tallest Ferris wheel in the Southeast at a height of 112 feet, is located at The Wharf in Orange Beach.

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

Education

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 seventh through eighth 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. The have a campus in Orange Beach on canal road & a bigger campus in Gulf Shores on Foley Beach Express road.

Recreation

Orange Beach, Alabama offers a wide selection of family beach vacation opportunities. From condos directly on the beach to just across the street, wonderful dineing experiences, dolphin cruises, Rec Centers with tennis & basketball courts, Golf course condo communities, beach houses and everything in between.