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.
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 professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Hilton Head Island who work in sales jobs (14.46%), management occupations (11.93%), and office and administrative support (10.19%).
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 10.63% 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 a major vacation destination. Much of the town’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Hilton Head Island’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much 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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
One of the benefits of Hilton Head Island is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 19.05 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: 49.17% 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 $44,869, which is wealthy relative to South Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $179,476 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 13.99% 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.