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Overview

Introduction to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, in Beaufort county, is 22 miles E of Savannah, Georgia (center to center) and 140 miles NE of Jacksonville, Florida.The town is home to some 33,862 residents.

Hilton Head Island History

Hilton Head Island was originally inhabited by Native Americans. The town is home to the ancient Shell Ring which was created by the Indians and is believed to be more than 10,000 years old. Captain William Hilton visited the area in 1663 and named it Hilton's Head. The first crop of Sea Island Cotton was grown on Hilton Head Island in 1790. It played a significant role during the Civil War and served as a major operation base for the Union blockade of the Southern ports. The town was officially incorporated in 1983.

Hilton Head Island and nearby Attractions

  • Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge
  • Coastal Discovery Museum
  • Sandbox Children's Museum
  • Hunting Island State Park
  • Skidaway Island State Park
  • Edisto Island Serpentarium

Things To Do In Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island is home to the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. The town also has several beaches inclduding Bradley Beach, Singleton Beach, Forest Beach, Folly Field Beach, and Coligny Beach Park. One can also visit Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge. The town has many shopping centers including the Palmetto Highlands Triangle Square Shopping Center, Shelter Cove Mall Shopping Center, Matthews Point North Shopping Center, Port Royal Plaza Shopping Center, South Island Square Shopping Center, and Coligny Plaza Shopping Center.

Hilton Head Island Transportation

You can reach Hilton Head Airport within several minutes.

Hilton Head Island Higher Education

Higher education can be availed from Savannah College of Art and Design, Charleston Southern University, Armstrong Atlantic State University, and College of Charleston.

Demographics

People

Total Population39,651
Male Share of the Population48.9%
Female Share of the Population51.1%
Senior Citizens33.4%
Employed Population 16+17,059
Age of the Population54

Families

% of people married60.8%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher51.2%
Median Earnings25+$32,170
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,444
Median Earnings With High School Degree$22,001

Wealth

Median Family Income$89,715
% Above Poverty Level89.3%
% Below Poverty Level10.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home9.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.8%
% Using Public Transportation0.8%

Housing

People Living Alone27.5%
Median Gross Rent$1,114
Median House Value$446,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)22.7%
Irish16%
English15.3%
Italian7.1%
Scottish4%
Polish2.8%
French Except Basque2.7%
Russian1.9%
Norwegian1.7%
Dutch1.4%
Swedish1.3%
Greek1.2%
Welsh1%
Lithuanian1%
Canadian0.8%
Hungarian0.8%
Danishn0.6%
Austrian0.5%
Ukrainian0.5%
Czech0.5%
Swiss0.5%
African0.4%
West Indian0.4%
Slovak0.4%
Jamaican0.3%
Arab0.3%
Kenyan0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
US/American0.2%
Syrian0.2%
Barbadian0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
German0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Slovene0.1%
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Hilton Head Island Almanac

CategoryValue
County Beaufort County
Standard Zip Codes29926, 29928
P.O. Box Zip Codes29925, 29938
Phone Area Codes843
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude32.19
Approximate Longitude-80.74

Hilton Head Island Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationHILTON HEAD
Distance0.2 miles
Jan Temp37 to 58 F
Apr Temp53 to 74 F
Jul Temp73 to 88 F
Oct Temp57 to 76 F
Annual Precip52.5 inches
StationSAVANNAH MUNICIPAL AP
Distance27.1 miles
Jan Temp38 to 60 F
Apr Temp53 to 78 F
Jul Temp72 to 92 F
Oct Temp56 to 78 F
Annual Precip49.5 inches
StationYEMASSEE
Distance32.8 miles
Jan Temp36 to 61 F
Apr Temp50 to 79 F
Jul Temp69 to 93 F
Oct Temp52 to 79 F
Annual Precip52.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Beaufort13,074$54,379
Bluffton15,765$69,134
Hardeeville4,789$53,807
Port Royal11,891$56,857
Ridgeland4,116$39,242

Hilton Head Island Hospitals

Hilton Head Hospital
(Proprietary)
25 Hospital Center Blvd
(843) 689-8206

Hilton Head Island Public Schools

Hilton Head Island Middle
55 Wilborn Road
ZIP: 29926
(843) 689-4595
Middle
Total Enrollment 995
Hilton Head Island Elementary School For The Creative Arts
10 Wilborn Drive
ZIP: 29926
(843) 342-4101
Primary
Total Enrollment 794
Hilton Head Island High
70 Wilborn Road
ZIP: 29926
(843) 689-4805
High
Total Enrollment 1284
Hilton Head Island Early Childhood Center
165 Pembroke Drive
ZIP: 29926
(843) 689-0422
Primary
Total Enrollment 433
Hilton Head Island Elementary
30 School Road
ZIP: 29926
(843) 342-4206
Primary
Total Enrollment 952

Hilton Head Island Private Schools

Hilton Head Christian Academy
55 Gardner Dr
ZIP: 29926
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 412
St Francis Catholic School
45 Beach City Rd
ZIP: 29926
Elementary
Total Enrollment 165
Heritage Academy
11 New Orleans Rd
ZIP: 29928
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 133
Hilton Head Preparatory School
8 Foxgrape Rd
ZIP: 29928
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 400
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