Gulf Shores is often thought of as a tourist beach destination – and for good reason. Its white-sand beaches, cool blue surf, and sugar-fine sand make it a tropical beach oasis. But its family-centered atmosphere and warm southern hospitality come from the thousands of local residents who enjoy the city year-round. It is a prime place to raise a family – environmental conservation and strict city policies keep the area beautiful, quiet, and safe. The mix of fresh local seafood and southern cuisine makes the area one of the best spots for food in the country. The economy is strong thanks to its large tourism sector, and jobs are plentiful. Gulf Shores formed its own city school district in 2017, which places an emphasis on exemplary education and community pride. Truland’s beautiful homes and neighborhoods help build this community into an Alabama gem and a great place to live.