Kiawah Island is a very small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of South Carolina. With a population of 1,725 people and just one neighborhood, Kiawah Island is the 162nd largest community in South Carolina.
Real Estate Prices
Kiawah Island home prices are not only among the most expensive in South Carolina, but Kiawah Island real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Occupations and Workforce
Kiawah Island is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 98.39% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Kiawah Island is a town of managers, professionals and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Kiawah Island who work in management occupations (24.93%), sales jobs (23.86%) and personal care services (13.40%).
A relatively large number of people in Kiawah Island telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 21.67% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.
Setting & Lifestyle
Another notable thing is that Kiawah 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.
In addition, Kiawah Island is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.
Overall, Kiawah Island’s crime rate is one of the lowest in the nation, which makes a great place to live if safety is an important concern.
The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Kiawah Island has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Kiawah Island a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.
Kiawah 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.
As is often the case in a small town, Kiawah Island doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.