Saint Helena Island, SC
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Living in Saint Helena Island


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 10,443 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Saint Helena Island is the 44th largest community in South Carolina.

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, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Saint Helena Island who work in sales jobs (12.17%), food service (10.84%), and office and administrative support (9.66%).

A relatively large number of people in Saint Helena Island telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.89% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Saint Helena Island has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Saint Helena Island a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

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.

One downside of living in Saint Helena Island, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.05 minutes every day commuting to work.

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: 29.45% of adults in Saint Helena Island have a college degree.

The per capita income in Saint Helena Island in 2018 was $31,209, 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 $124,836 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, Italian, and Scottish.

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


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