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 10,390 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Saint Helena Island is the 44th largest community in South Carolina.
Saint Helena Island is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Saint Helena Island is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Saint Helena Island who work in sales jobs (13.77%), food service (11.91%), and management occupations (8.78%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.80% 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!) Saint Helena Island 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. Saint Helena Island has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Saint Helena Island than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Saint Helena Island may be for you.
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.
The overall education level of Saint Helena Island citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 30.19% of adults in Saint Helena Island have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.
The per capita income in Saint Helena Island in 2010 was $28,309, 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 $113,236 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 German, English, Irish, African, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Saint Helena Island is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.