Retire in Fairhope

Best Retirement City - Fairhope

See why many believe that Fairhope is the best city to retire

Fairhope, Alabama is a scenic city in Baldwin County, Alabama located on the Gulf Coast. Recently named “The Best Small Town in the South,” by the Southern Living magazine, Fairhope is found on bluffs overlooking the bay, and is a perfect place for bike riding. Residents and tourists love Fairhope for its peaceful atmosphere along the coast, historic setting, fishing opportunities, and slow pace. Fairhope Avenue, the Fairhope Municipal Pier, and the Fairhope Museum offer opportunities to relax, enjoy time with family and friends, and explore the local area. The Summerdale neighborhood is a very quiet area, that is lowly populated, and is home to both blue and white-collar families and professionals. Seacliff is a more expensive neighborhood in Fairfield, however it is a walkable historic area located directly on the coast with access to the water, restaurants, and a variety of options for recreation. Although Fairhope is a quiet area on the Gulf Coast, many home owner’s experience high home owner’s insurance due to the geographic area and local weather. Click the tabs to learn more about what it's like to retire in Fairhope!

City Highlights

  1. Picturesque waterfront location
  2. Low 65+ unemployment rate
  3. Low cost of living
  4. Mild winters

Potential Drawbacks

  1. Distance to major airport

At a glance



Median age:


Median Household Income:

$ 58,767

Nearest City with Population of 200k+:

New Orleans, LA

Population Growth Last 3 Years




Age Breakdown (%)

  • 55 and under
  • 55 to 64 years
  • 65 to 74 years
  • Over 75

Gender breakdown over 65 years (%)

  • Men
  • Women


Closest Airport:

Mobile Regional Airport

Distance to Closest Airport:


Closest Major Airport:

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

Distance to Closest Major Airport:


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