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 40,500 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 professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Hilton Head Island who work in management occupations (12.96%), sales jobs (12.61%), and office and administrative support (11.19%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.85% 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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Hilton Head Island use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Hilton Head Island‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
If knowledge is power, Hilton Head Island is a pretty powerful place. 51.23% of the adults in Hilton Head Island have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Hilton Head Island in 2010 was $47,454, which is wealthy relative to South Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $189,816 for a family of four. However, Hilton Head Island contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Hilton Head Island is a very 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 Irish, English, 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.