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Hilton Head Island, South Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Hilton Head Island is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Beaufort County at latitude 32.1912 and longitude -80.7392. Beaufort County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 10 feet.

The formal official name is the Town of Hilton Head Island, but most people and references simply refer to it as Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

The P1 Census Class Code for Hilton Head Island indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

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.

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

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Hilton Head Island, SC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 38,000
Population in Households 37,797
Population in Familes 28,868
Population in Group Qrtrs 203
Population Density1 919
Diversity Index2 49


Total Households 17,203
Average Household Size 2.2
Family Households 10,988
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 34,887 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 12,250 (35.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,953 (14.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 17,684 (50.7%)
Median Home Value $441,937
Average Home Value $506,017


Median Household Income $71,479
Average Household Income $99,812
Per Capita Income $45,435
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.57% 1.3%
Households 0.94% 1.49%
Families 0.63% 1.32%
Median Household Income   2.43%
Per Capita Income   2.48%
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 395 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in South Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 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 # 10 98th
Population Density1 # 139 65th
Diversity Index2 # 222 44th
Median Household Income # 13 97th
Per Capita Income # 6 99th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE South Carolina Census Data Comparison Tool.