Saint Helena Island, SC
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Saint Helena Island 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 10,293 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Saint Helena Island is the 44th largest community in South Carolina.

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

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Saint Helena Island is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Saint Helena Island is a town of service providers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Saint Helena Island who work in management occupations (12.22%), food service (10.75%), and office and administrative support (8.39%).

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.28% 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.

Residents will find that the town is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Saint Helena Island is worth considering.

One of the nice things about Saint Helena Island 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.

In terms of college education, Saint Helena Island 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: 30.79% of adults in Saint Helena Island have a college degree.

The per capita income in Saint Helena Island in 2010 was $27,891, which is wealthy relative to South Carolina, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $111,564 for a family of four. However, Saint Helena Island contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Saint Helena Island is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Saint Helena Island home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Saint Helena Island residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Saint Helena Island include Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Saint Helena Island is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Other Indo-European.

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