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Hilton Head Island, South Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Hilton Head Island is the 10th largest city in South Carolina with a population of 41,401 as of July 1, 2018.

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.

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

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Hilton Head Island, SC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 41,401
Population in Households 41,200
Population in Familes 31,566
Population in Group Qrtrs 201
Population Density2 1,001
Diversity Index3 45


Median Household Income $77,504
Average Household Income $114,520
Per Capita Income $52,042


Total Housing Units 36,931 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 14,393 (39.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,271 (11.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 18,267 (49.5%)
Median Home Value $502,473
Average Home Value $640,384


Total Households 18,664
Average Household Size 2.21
Family Households 11,796
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 1.34% 1.83%
Households 1.48% 1.91%
Families 1.19% 1.74%
Median Household Income   2.28%
Per Capita Income   2.55%

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, 2018 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 Density # 131 67th
Diversity Index # 245 38th
Median Household Income # 14 97th
Per Capita Income # 9 98th

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