Hilton Head Island Local Knowledge

Hilton Head News

The daily news for the greater Hilton Head Island, SC area can be found at the following publications:

Island Packet Bluffton Today
Beaufort Gazette

Hilton Head Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 33,862 people, 14,408 households, and 9,898 families residing in the town, on a land area of 42.06 square miles (109 km2). The population density was 805.1 people per square mile (310.8/km²). There were 24,647 housing units at an average density of 586.0 per square mile (226.3/km²).

Although the town occupies most of the land area of the island, it is not coterminous with it; there is a small part near the main access road from the mainland, William Hilton Parkway, which is not incorporated into the town. Hilton Head (the island) therefore has a slightly higher population (48,407 in Census 2000, defined as the Hilton Head Island Urban Cluster) and a larger land area (42.65 sq mi or 110.45 km²) than the town. The Hilton Head Island-Beaufort Micropolitan Area, which includes Beaufort and Jasper counties, had a 2005 estimated year-round population of 159,247.

The racial makeup of the town was 85.33% White, 8.26% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.55% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 4.48% from other races, and 1.21% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.48% of the population.

There were 14,408 households out of which 20.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.6% were married couples living together, 6.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.3% were non-families. 23.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.68.

In the town the population was spread out with 17.3% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 24.5% from 25 to 44, 27.3% from 45 to 64, and 24.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 100.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $60,438, and the median income for a family was $71,211. Males had a median income of $37,262 versus $30,271 for females. The per capita income for the town was $36,621. About 4.7% of families and 7.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.4% of those under age 18 and 2.7% of those age 65 or over.

Hilton Head Island is part of the Hilton Head Island-Beaufort Micropolitan Statistical Area which includes Beaufort and Jasper counties and has a total estimated 2005 population of 159,247 (U.S. Census Bureau). According to the more detailed data available in the 2000 census, the population included in this micropolitan area (which actually was designated after the census itself) was 64% urban and 36% rural. It includes the urban clusters of Beaufort (2000 pop.: 46,128), Hilton Head Island (47,821), Bluffton (17,546), and Ridgeland (3,616). The urban clusters of Hilton Head Island and Bluffton will probably be merged by the 2010 Census.

Courtesy Wikipedia.org

Hilton Head Relocation Information

Ever wished your Hilton Head Island vacation could last forever? You’re not alone. Thousands of visitors have decided to make their dream come true and move to Hilton Head Island. It’s not just our beaches, warm weather, gorgeous scenery, championship golf courses, and fine restaurants. Hilton Head Island offers residents world-class healthcare facilities, expansive educational opportunities, vibrant arts and cultural community, and a strong business community. More than 39,000 people now call Hilton Head Island home. Won’t you join us?

Leaving the big city doesn’t mean you have to leave the conveniences behind. Hilton Head Island is home to an award-winning hospital and medical care facilities, a multitude of educational opportunities, and Town safety and stability that is hard to match.

Tired of the long daily commute, traffic, and months of freezing temperatures? It’s time to trade in the concrete and snow for palm trees, ocean breezes and a relaxed lifestyle. Hilton Head Island offers the opportunity to start, grow or relocate your business.

Hilton Head Schools

Public education in Hilton Head is under the authority of the Beaufort County School District. Children in the town attend the following schools:

Hilton Head Early Childhood Center Hilton Head School for the Creative Arts
Hilton Head International Baccalaureate Elementary School Hilton Head Middle School
Hilton Head High School Hilton Head Preparatory School
Hilton Head Christian Academy St. Francis Catholic School
Heritage Academy Sea Pines Montessori Academy

Hilton Head Restaurants

There are many fantastic restaurants in Hilton Head, SC. We’ve listed a few links below that are some of our favorites.

Please view the interactive map for additional restaurants around the area.

Hudson’s Seafood Old Oyster Factory
Frankie Bones Red Fish
Giuseppi’s Pizza and Pasta Fiesta Fresh Mexican Grill
Marley’s Island Grille

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Hilton Head Links

Town of Hilton Head Hilton Head Chamber of Commerce
Island Packet Hilton Head Gullah Festival