Hilton Head Island, SC
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Living in Hilton Head Island


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 40,055 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.

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Hilton Head Island is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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 management occupations (13.22%), sales jobs (11.87%), and office and administrative support (11.13%).

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 10.34% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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 destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the town’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially quieter place to live.

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.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Hilton Head Island. 52.00% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Hilton Head Island in 2010 was $50,289, which is wealthy relative to South Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $201,156 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 12.73% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Hilton Head Island include German, 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.