Ridgeland 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 3,999 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Ridgeland is the 92nd largest community in South Carolina.
Ridgeland is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Ridgeland is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in Ridgeland who work in office and administrative support (11.81%), management occupations (10.29%), and maintenance occupations (9.94%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.39% 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.
It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Ridgeland has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Ridgeland has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Ridgeland than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Ridgeland may be for you.
Ridgeland 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.
Being a small town, Ridgeland does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.
The citizens of Ridgeland are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 14.02% of adults in Ridgeland have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree
The per capita income in Ridgeland in 2010 was $15,567, which is lower middle income relative to South Carolina, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $62,268 for a family of four.
Ridgeland is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Ridgeland home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Ridgeland residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Ridgeland also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 24.09% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Ridgeland include English, German, Scottish, and Dutch.
The most common language spoken in Ridgeland is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.