Daphne is a city in Baldwin County. It is part of the Daphne-Fairhope-Foley micropolitan area, and is in fact one of the major cities of the area. It is located on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay. It has a total area of 14.1 square miles. 13.5 square miles of the area is land and 0.6-square-mile (4.47%) is water. The area on which the city stands now was originally a Native American settlement, and it has seen human habitation from 9000 B.C. onwards. The city is also known as a "Jubilee City". This name is based on the phenomenon of Jubilee during which crab, shrimp, and other sea life from the waters of the bay are found washed ashore, along the coast. The city was settled by Europeans during the mid-sixteenth century, and it was incorporated in 1927.
Public schooling is administered by the Baldwin County Public Schools system, which comprises three elementary schools, one middle and one high school. Two private schools are also present in the city. Higher education options include the United States Sports Academy, and the Huntingdon College.
Tourism, retail trade, manufacturing, as well as sales and services are the major economic activities in the city. Daphne's cost of living is 2.90% higher than the country average. Recreational options include Trione Park, Lott Park, May Day Park, Bayfront Park, Village Point Park Preserve, and many more. The closest hospital is the Thomas Hospital, about 7 miles away in Fairhope.