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ZIP Code 36542

Primary City:Gulf Shores, AL (View All Cities)
County: Baldwin County
Timezone: Central (3:30am)
Area code: 251 (Area Code Map)
Coordinates:30.3, -87.8
ZIP (~14 mile radius)

Cities in ZIP code 36542

The cities below are at least partially located in ZIP code 36542. In addition to the primary city for a ZIP code, USPS also publishes a list of other acceptable cities that can be used with ZIP code 36542. However, if you are mailing something to ZIP code 36542, you should not use any of the cities listed as unacceptable. Choose from the primary or acceptable cities when mailing your package or letter.

Primary city:
Gulf Shores, AL

Stats and Demographics for the 36542 ZIP Code

ZIP code 36542 is located in southwest Alabama and covers a slightly less than average land area compared to other ZIP codes in the United States. It also has a slightly less than average population density.

The people living in ZIP code 36542 are primarily white. The number of people in their late 20s to early 40s is extremely large while the number of middle aged adults is large. There are also a large number of single adults and a slightly less than average number of families. The percentage of children under 18 living in the 36542 ZIP code is small compared to other areas of the country.

Population 12,705
Population Density 242 people per sq mi
Housing Units 15,939
Median Home Value $197,100
Land Area 52.49 sq mi
Water Area 22.87 sq mi
Occupied Housing Units 5,782
Median Household Income $47,892

Estimated Population over Time

Total Population by Age

Median Age: 42Male Median Age: 40Female Median Age: 44


MaleFemaleTotal
Under 5358336694
5-9299288587
10-14341325666
15-19378331709
20-24421439860
25-29518435953
30-34397353750
35-39402401803
40-44394427821
45-49402467869
50-54420524944
55-59409497906
60-64464499963
65-69394413807
70-74279299578
75-79196180376
80-84133123256
85 Plus7390163

Gender

 Male 6,278 49%
 Female 6,427 51%
Gender

Race

 White 11,800 92.9%
 Black Or African American 228 1.8%
 American Indian Or Alaskan Native 76 0.6%
 Asian 99 0.8%
 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander 11 0.1%
 Other Race 244 1.9%
 Two Or More Races 247 1.9%
Race

Head of Household by Age


OwnerRenterTotal
15-2441341382
25-34167756923
35-44338593931
45-545515121,063
55-647653381,103
65-74706156862
75-8435259411
85 Plus9116107

Families vs Singles

 Husband Wife Family Households 2,731 47%
 Single Guardian 836 14%
 Singles 1,720 30%
 Singles With Roommate 495 9%
Families vs Singles

Households with Kids

Average Household Size: 2
 Households without Kids 4,348 75%
 Households with Kids 1,434 25%
Households with Kids

Children by Age


MaleFemaleTotal
17960139
27173144
36971140
47062132
56349112
66856124
74860108
85467121
96656122
107357130
116257119
126980149
135967126
147864142
157161132
166766133
178662148
187984163
197558133
209077167

Real Estate and Housing

ZIP code 36542 has an extremely large percentage of vacancies.

The majority of household are vacant. Homes in ZIP code 36542 were primarily built in the 2000s. Looking at 36542 real estate data, the median home value of $197,100 is slightly higher than average compared to the rest of the country. It is also slightly higher than average compared to nearby ZIP codes. So you are less likely to find inexpensive homes in 36542. Rentals in 36542 are most commonly 2 bedrooms. The rent for 2 bedrooms is normally $750-$999/month including utilities. Prices for rental property include ZIP code 36542 apartments, townhouses, and homes that are primary residences.

Housing Type

 In Occupied Housing Units 12,701 100.0%
 Correctional Facility For Adults 4 0.0%
 Juvenile Facilities 0 0.0%
 Nursing Facilities 0 0.0%
 Other Institutional 0 0.0%
 College Student Housing 0 0.0%
 Military Quarters 0 0.0%
 Other Noninstitutional 0 0.0%
Housing Type

Year Housing was Built

Housing Occupancy

 Owned Households With A Mortgage 1,866 12%
 Owned Households Free & Clear 1,145 7%
 Renter Occupied Households 2,771 17%
 Households Vacant 10,157 64%
Housing Occupancy

Vacancy Reasons

 For Rent 2,241 22.1%
 Rented & Unoccupied 58 0.6%
 For Sale Only 374 3.7%
 Sold & Unoccupied 38 0.4%
 For Season Recreational Or Occasional Use 7,222 71.1%
 For Migrant Workers 2 0.0%
 Vacant For Other Reasons 222 2.2%
Vacancy Reasons

Owner Occupied Home Values

Rental Properties by Number of Rooms

 Studio Apartment 23 1%
 1 Bedroom 412 16%
 2 Bedroom 1,244 47%
 3+ Bedroom 953 36%
Rental Properties by Number of Rooms

Cost of Monthly Rent Including Utilities

Cost of a Studio Apartment

Cost of a 1 Bedroom

Cost of a 2 Bedroom

Cost of a 3+ Bedroom

Employment, Income, Earnings, and Work

The median household income of $47,892 is compared to the rest of the country. It is also compared to nearby ZIP codes. So 36542 is likely to be one of the nicer parts of town with a more affluent demographic.

As with most parts of the country, vehicles are the most common form of transportation to places of employment. In most parts of the country, the majority of commuters get to work in under half an hour. More commuters in 36542 get to experience these short commute times than most other ZIP codes. There are a slightly smaller percentage of employees that have to travel over 45 minutes to reach their place of employment.

Employment Status

 Worked Full-time with Earnings 3,287 31%
 Worked Part-time with Earnings 3,235 31%
 No Earnings 3,948 38%
Employment Status

Average Household Income over Time

Household Income

Annual Individual Earnings

Sources of Household Income

Percent of Households Receiving Income

Average Income per Household by Income Source

* Only taxable income is reported.

Household Investment Income

Percent of Households Receiving Investment Income

Average Income per Household by Income Source

* Only taxable income is reported.

Household Retirement Income

Percent of Households Receiving Retirement Income

Average Income per Household by Income Source

* Only taxable income is reported.

Source of Earnings

 Worked Full-time with Earnings 3,287 31%
 Worked Part-time with Earnings 3,235 31%
 No Earnings 3,948 38%
Source of Earnings

Means Of Transportation To Work for Workers 16 and Over

 Car, truck, or van 4,734 88.0%
 Public transportation 31 0.6%
 Taxicab 0 0.0%
 Motorcycle 13 0.2%
 Bicycle, Walked, or Other Means 396 7.4%
 Worked at Home 208 3.9%
Means Of Transportation To Work for Workers 16 and Over

Travel Time to Work (In Minutes)

Schools and Education

The area has some of the highest percentages of people who attended college of any ZIP.

Educational Attainment For The Population 25 Years And Over

 Less than High School Diploma 413 9%
 High School Graduate 2,377 54%
 Associate's degree 251 6%
 Bachelor's degree 861 19%
 Master's degree 383 9%
 Professional school degree 78 2%
 Doctorate degree 58 1%
Educational Attainment For The Population 25 Years And Over

School Enrollment (Ages 3 to 17)

 Enrolled in Public School 1,628 80.0%
 Enrolled in Private School 212 10.4%
 Not Enrolled in School 195 9.6%
School Enrollment (Ages 3 to 17)

Schools in ZIP Code 36542

ZIP Code 36542 is in the Baldwin County School District. There are 3 different elementary schools and high schools with mailing addresses in ZIP code 36542.

Gulf Shores Elementary School
1600 East 3rd St
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Grade Level: Primary/Elementary
District: Baldwin County School District
Gulf Shores Middle School
450 East 15th Ave
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Grade Level: Middle/Secondary
District: Baldwin County School District
Gulf Shores High School
600 East 15th Ave
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Grade Level: High/Secondary
District: Baldwin County School District

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