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Overview of Gulf Shores

One of the fastest growing communities in the Yellowhammer state, the city of Gulf Shores is a coastal oasis that provides everything you could want out of relaxed beach living. According to 2010 U.S. Census Bureau data, the city has experienced an exponential growth in population. Jumping from 5,000 residents in 2000 to a 2011 estimated population of nearly 10,000, it is easy to see why Gulf Shores apartments for rent are such a hot commodity.

Living in Gulf Shores, AL

The original inhabitants of the Gulf Shores region were Creek, Chickasaw, Cherokee and Choctaw Native Americans. However, Spanish conquistadores ruled over Florida from the 1500s to the late 1800s and drove much of the Native American population to the north. After Florida became a state, the Spanish left Fort Morgan in Gulf Shores, and after it was rebuilt by European settlers, a community was formed and the beach city began to grow.

Until recently, the city of Gulf Shores was mostly a year-round tourist attraction for travelers longing to cling to the powdery white beaches alongside the Gulf of Mexico. However, due to a new economic boom in the area, many Alabama residents are making their home on the beautiful coast.

Gulf Shores Work and Study

Many students in the Gulf Shores community attend Faulkner State Community College, a 2-year institution offering more than 100 areas of study. The college attracts many residents because of its close proximity to the beach and technical programs that help prepare Alabamians for high-paying professions. But the main draw to Faulkner is its claim of being the most affordable school in the state.

Gulf Shores still remains a major tourist attraction in the Southeast, so it is no surprise that the Gulf State Park & Resort is among one the top employers in the city. According to the city's population assessment, there are job opportunities in real estate, healthcare and education in the area as well. Finding great Gulf Shores rentals shouldn't be a problem here since the population and real estate industry both continue to grow.

Rentals in Gulf Shores, AL and Cost of Living

Perhaps the reason why so many people are flocking to the sandy shores here is because despite the ocean views and relaxed setting in Gulf Shores, the cost of living in the area is 11 points below the national average. According to statistics from city-data.com, the 2009 median gross rent in the area was $887 per month with the median household income more than $4,000  above the Alabama average.

Gulf Shores Attractions and Special Events

Every year, the Alabama Gulf Coast Area Chamber of Commerce hosts al National Shrimp Festival during the second weekend in October every year. Now a cultural mainstay in the Gulf Shores community, the festival has been alive and kicking for over 40 years. Popular with locals and visitors alike, over 250,000 people flock to the shores every year to try some of the nations best shrimp dishes. The festival also offers arts and crafts, a sand sculpture contest and more than 250 vendors.

The main attraction in the city is of course the sugar white sand beaches that bring in thousands of visitors year after year. Gulf State Park takes up more than 6,000 acres of coastline offering everything from camping, trails and fishing. There is also a connected watering hole called Lake Shelby that is available for water-skiing, swimming and picnicking if salt water isn't your thing. At night, taking a walk on the pier is a great way to see all the sights of this wonderfully charming beach city.

To find your next rental apartment or house in Gulf Shores, take a look at our listings on Rent.com®.

Colonial Grand at Traditions - Gulf Shores, AL 36542
19

Gulf Shores, AL 36542

$870 - $1780

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Emerald Greens - Gulf Shores, AL 36542
30

Gulf Shores, AL 36542

$695 - $1095

1-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

Gulf Shores, AL


$695 - $1095

490 Units 1-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

Magnolia Bay Apartments - Gulf Shores, AL 36542
11

Gulf Shores, AL 36542

$505 - $665

1-3 Beds

Carriage Hills - Pensacola, FL 32526
32

Pensacola, FL 32526

$620 - $1195

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Pensacola, FL (North Central Pensacola, Northwest Pensacola)


$620 - $1195

260 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Fairfield Lakes - Pensacola, FL 32506
28

Pensacola, FL 32506

$800 - $1040

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Pensacola, FL (Southwest Pensacola, West Pensacola)


$800 - $1040

268 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Three Waters Green - Pensacola, FL 32506
19

Pensacola, FL 32506

$795 - $1070

2-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Pensacola, FL (Southwest Pensacola)


$795 - $1070

300 Units 2-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Cypress Ridge - Pensacola, FL 32506
11
(3)

Pensacola, FL 32506

$685 - $920

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Pensacola, FL (Northwest Pensacola, West Pensacola)

(3)

$685 - $920

152 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Angel Cove Apartments - Pensacola, FL 32507
27
(2)

Pensacola, FL 32507

$1019 - $1119

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Pensacola, FL (Southwest Pensacola)

(2)

$1019 - $1119

168 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

East Bay Apartments - Daphne, AL 36526
30
(2)

Daphne, AL 36526

$635 - $955

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Sandalwood - Pensacola, FL 32506
18
(5)

Pensacola, FL 32506

$610 - $780

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Pensacola, FL (Southwest Pensacola, West Pensacola)

(5)

$610 - $780

144 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Wellington Arms - Pensacola, FL 32506
26

Pensacola, FL 32506

$520 - $775

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Pensacola, FL (West Pensacola)


$520 - $775

132 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Annandale Park Apartments - Robertsdale, AL 36567
26

Robertsdale, AL 36567

Contact for Pricing

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Robertsdale, AL


Contact for Pricing

104 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Savannah Park - Foley, AL 36535
13

Foley, AL 36535

$650 - $730

2-3 Beds 2 Baths

Baldwin Farms - Robertsdale, AL 36567
23

Robertsdale, AL 36567

$761 - $1021

1-3 Beds

Stoddert Place - Pensacola, FL 32506
11

Pensacola, FL 32506

$585 - $850

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Pensacola, FL (Southwest Pensacola)


$585 - $850

320 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Crystal Lake - Pensacola, FL 32506
34

Pensacola, FL 32506

$835 - $955

2 Beds 2 Baths

Pensacola, FL (Southwest Pensacola, West Pensacola)


$835 - $955

224 Units 2 Beds 2 Baths

Hunters Pointe - Pensacola, FL 32506
4

Pensacola, FL 32506

$595 - $850

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Pensacola, FL (Southwest Pensacola, West Pensacola)


$595 - $850

204 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

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