Port Royal, SC
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Port Royal is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of South Carolina. With a population of 12,122 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Port Royal is the 40th largest community in South Carolina. Port Royal has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Port Royal, where the median household income is $47,445.00.

Port Royal real estate is some of the most expensive in South Carolina, although Port Royal house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

25.82% of the workforce is employed in the armed forces, making the military a huge focus of life in Port Royal. Even though it is a military town, the civilian sector still plays an important role in the local economy. The Public Service and Healthcare industries respectively employ 15.43% and 13.87% of the civilian workforce.

Of important note, Port Royal is also a town of artists. Port Royal has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Port Royal’s character.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 12.93% 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.

One of the nice things about Port Royal 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.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Port Royal spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 16.36 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the town are less than they would otherwise be.

The overall education level of Port Royal citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 29.83% of adults in Port Royal have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in Port Royal in 2010 was $20,077, which is middle income relative to South Carolina, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $80,308 for a family of four. However, Port Royal contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Port Royal is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Port Royal home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Port Royal residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Port Royal also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.70% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Port Royal include Irish, English, Italian, and French .

The most common language spoken in Port Royal is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.

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