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Hilton Head Island, South Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Hilton Head Island is the 9th largest city in South Carolina with a population of 40,477 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Hilton Head Island is located at latitude 32.1912 and longitude -80.7392 in Beaufort County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Hilton Head Island (see map below) encompass a land area of 41.36 sq. miles and a water area of 27.77 sq. miles. Beaufort County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 10 feet.

The Town of Hilton Head Island (GNIS ID: 2405841) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

South Carolina is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The Town of Hilton Head Island is located within Hilton Head Island Division of Beaufort County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Hilton Head Island population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Hilton Head Island: Hilton Head, Hiltonhead.

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Hilton Head Island, SC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 40,477
Population in Households 40,285
Population in Familes 30,798
Population in Group Qrtrs 192
Population Density1 979
Diversity Index2 47


Total Households 17,877
Average Household Size 2.25
Family Households 11,368
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 35,913 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 12,701 (35.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,176 (14.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 18,036 (50.2%)
Median Home Value $498,602
Average Home Value $576,706


Median Household Income $69,941
Average Household Income $104,282
Per Capita Income $46,421
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.4% 1.91%
Households 1.26% 1.81%
Families 0.97% 1.64%
Median Household Income   2.09%
Per Capita Income   1.87%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Hilton Head Island, SC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Hilton Head Island to the other 396 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in South Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 9 98th
Population Density1 # 133 67th
Diversity Index2 # 232 41st
Median Household Income # 13 97th
Per Capita Income # 9 98th

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