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 13,235 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Port Royal is the 40th largest community in South Carolina. Much of the housing stock in Port Royal was built relatively recently. The construction of new real estate can often be taken as an indication that the local Port Royal economy is robust, and that jobs or other amenities are attracting an influx of new residents. This seems to be the case in Port Royal, where the median household income is $43,878.00.
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.
The armed forces are a huge part of the life in Port Royal, employing 27.51% of the workforce. While it is a military town, the civilian sector still plays an important role in the local economy, where the Healthcare and Retail industries employ 15.78% and 13.68% of the civilian workforce, respectively.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 13.01% 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.
Port Royal, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the town.
Port Royal 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.
In terms of college education, Port Royal is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 30.85% of adults in Port Royal have a college degree.
The per capita income in Port Royal in 2018 was $23,360, 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 $93,440 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 13.10% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Port Royal include German, Irish, English, Italian, and European.
The most common language spoken in Port Royal is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.