Grand Bay is a very small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Alabama. With a population of 3,701 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Grand Bay is the 145th largest community in Alabama.
When you are in Grand Bay, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 42.73% of Grand Bay’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. Overall, Grand Bay is a town of service providers, construction workers and builders, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Grand Bay who work in food service (13.79%), management occupations (12.36%), and office and administrative support (9.04%).
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.72% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Grand Bay has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Grand Bay has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Grand Bay than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Grand Bay may be for you.
Grand Bay is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
Grand Bay is a small town, and as is often the case with smaller towns, the population isn't large or dense enough to support much in the way of a public transportation system. In fact, there are many rural roads around Grand Bay, which makes walking or biking to and from work a bit difficult. This makes for a very car-oriented town: 98.64% of residents commute to work by private automobile, and people often drive out of town for work, shopping, and other activities.
As is often the case in a small town, Grand Bay doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.
The rate of college-level education in Grand Bay is quite a bit lower than the national average among all cities of 21.84%: just 11.14% of people here over 25 have a bachelor's degree or an advanced degree.
The per capita income in Grand Bay in 2018 was $24,701, which is upper middle income relative to Alabama, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $98,804 for a family of four. However, Grand Bay contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Grand Bay home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Grand Bay residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Grand Bay include German, English, Irish, European, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Grand Bay is English. Other important languages spoken here include Italian and Polish.