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Fairhope is a city on Santa Rosa Island in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States of America. The population was estimated to be 20,802 as of the 2010 census. It has been part of the Mobile metropolitan area since 2000 when it became a paper township; prior to this time, it had been an incorporated town until 1997. The town is a small portion of the city of Mobile. Fairhope is the only city in the United States that is entirely within an island, although it has a bridge from the island to mainland Mobile to connect it to Baldwin County.
The town was named after Captain William Fairbairn. Until 1909, the town had a post office under the name “Fairhope”. In 1910, it was renamed “Santa Rosa” after one of its largest landowners, but this name change was delayed until 1911. The name “Santa Rosa” was ultimately rejected. The current name, “Fairhope”, came from Captain Fairbairn himself, who suggested this name after his many travels to the Holy Land. You can check Fairhope real estate homes.
In the 2000 census, there were 20,339 people residing in 6,245 households and 5,058 families residing in the city. The population density was 454.1 per square mile (175.0/km²). There were 6,370 housing units at an average density of 162.