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 39,639 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 a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 85.67% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. 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 (14.16%), management occupations (13.34%), and office and administrative support (10.32%).

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 10.06% 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 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.

One of the nice things about Hilton Head Island is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Hilton Head Island, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Hilton Head Island is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 52.79% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Hilton Head Island in 2010 was $51,773, which is wealthy relative to South Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $207,092 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 11.85% 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.