Baldwin County, Alabama, is located along the shores of the Gulf of Mexico and Mobile Bay, bordered on the West by Mobile County, Alabama, on the Northwest by Washington County, Alabama, and Clarke County, Alabama, on the North by Monroe County, Alabama, on the Northeast by Escambia County, Alabama, and on the East by Escambia County, Florida.
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the population of Baldwin County was officially recorded at 182,265 residents. While the county has fourteen incorporated municipalities, ranging in size & density, a majority of Baldwin's population resides in the rural, unincorporated areas.
The county government is headquartered at the county seat in the City of Bay Minette and is governed by a four member county commission with all four members elected by a vote of the entire county, one of which, its chairman, serves as the presiding officer. Further, the county commission employs a county administrator who serves as its chief administrative officer in order to effect the policies adopted by the county commission.
The county's fourteen municipalities are operated under the mayor / council form of government with most municipalities electing council members pursuant to at-large elections, few municipalities electing council members by single-member districts, all municipalities electing Mayors from at-large elections and some municipalities employing city administrators.
The county's public school system includes all public schools in the unincorporated & incorporated areas and is governed by a seven member county board of education, elected from single-member districts, one of which, its president, serves as the chief executive officer. Further, the county board of education employs a superintendent who serves as its chief administrative officer in order to effect the policies adopted by the county board of education.
Baldwin County remains a popular destination for visitors, from all over the nation and world, year round because of first class golf courses, beautiful beaches, unlimited recreational opportunities, health economy and first class public school system which, collectively, has contributed to the county’s explosive population growth since the 1990's.
Today, out of Alabama's sixty-seven counties, Baldwin County remains one of the fastest growing.