Hilton Head Island, SC
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Hilton Head Island is a medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of South Carolina. With a population of 40,512 people and 13 constituent neighborhoods, Hilton Head Island is the ninth largest community in South Carolina.

Hilton Head Island home prices are not only among the most expensive in South Carolina, but Hilton Head Island real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Hilton Head Island is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Hilton Head Island is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Hilton Head Island who work in sales jobs (16.77%), management occupations (12.39%), and food service (10.04%).

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 10.09% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Another notable thing is that Hilton Head Island is an extremely popular vacation destination. A significant portion of the population is seasonal. During the vacation season, the town experiences a large influx of people who take up residence in second homes they own in the area. As the vacation season ends, the population drops again, leaving behind a substantially quieter and smaller town.

Hilton Head Island is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

One of the benefits of Hilton Head Island is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.94 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

The citizens of Hilton Head Island are among the most well-educated in the nation: 47.15% of adults in Hilton Head Island have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Hilton Head Island in 2010 was $45,116, which is wealthy relative to South Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $180,464 for a family of four. However, Hilton Head Island contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Hilton Head Island is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Hilton Head Island home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Hilton Head Island residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Hilton Head Island also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 14.11% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Hilton Head Island include English, Irish, Italian, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Hilton Head Island is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Other Indo-European.