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Hilton Head Island, South Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Hilton Head Island is the 8th largest city in South Carolina with a population of 41,881 as of July 1, 2017.

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, 2017.

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

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Hilton Head Island, SC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 41,881
Daytime Population: Workers 33,613
Daytime Population: Residents 23,634
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 57,247
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.37
Population in Households 41,689
Population in Familes 31,819
Population in Group Qrtrs 192
Population Density2 1,013
Diversity Index3 46


Median Household Income $73,658
Average Household Income $108,024
Per Capita Income $48,204


Total Housing Units 36,454 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 13,408 (36.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,139 (14.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 17,907 (49.1%)
Median Home Value $501,770
Average Home Value $570,348


Total Households 18,547
Average Household Size 2.25
Family Households 11,780
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.69% 1.8%
Households 1.6% 1.84%
Families 1.34% 1.68%
Median Household Income   1.65%
Per Capita Income   1.77%

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, 2017 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 # 8 98th
Population Density # 126 68th
Diversity Index # 241 39th
Median Household Income # 14 97th
Per Capita Income # 9 98th

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