Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
218,515
1.93% 1-year growth
US Senator
Lindsey Graham
Republican Party
US Senator
Tim Scott
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
46.2
0.435% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
11.4%
1.23% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$77,536
10.2% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$364,800
16.5% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
91,682
2.92% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC had a population of 219k people with a median age of 46.2 and a median household income of $77,536. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC grew from 214,370 to 218,515, a 1.93% increase and its median household income grew from $70,369 to $77,536, a 10.2% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC are White (Non-Hispanic) (64.9%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (19%), Other (Hispanic) (5.04%), Two+ (Hispanic) (3.22%), and White (Hispanic) (3.13%).

None of the households in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

95.4% of the residents in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC are University of South Carolina Beaufort (366 degrees awarded in 2022) and Technical College of the Lowcountry (314 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC was $364,800, and the homeownership rate was 75.3%.

Most people in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 23.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC was 2 cars per household.

Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC borders Savannah, GA.

Population & Diversity

Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC is home to a population of 219k people, from which 95.4% are citizens. As of 2022, 7.8% of Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC residents were born outside of the country (17.1k people).

In 2022, there were 3.42 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (142k people) in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 41.5k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 11k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

95.4%
2022 Citizenship
95.3%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 95.4% of Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC was 95.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    142k ± 595
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    41.5k ± 851
  3. Other (Hispanic)
    11k ± 1.38k
11.6%
Hispanic Population
25.4k people

In 2022, there were 3.42 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (142k people) in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 41.5k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 11k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

11.6% of the people in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC are hispanic (25.4k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    58,419 ± 5,900 people
  2. India
    18,341 ± 3,319 people
  3. Honduras
    13,844 ± 2,885 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of South Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 58,419 South Carolina residents, followed by India with 18,341 and Honduras with 13,844.

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Foreign-Born Population

7.8%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
17.1k people
7.58%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
16.3k people

As of 2022, 7.8% of Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC residents (17.1k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC was 7.58%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    6,718 ± 688
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    4,017 ± 650
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    3,094 ± 528

Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.67 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC employs 91.7k people. The largest industries in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC are Retail Trade (13,498 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (11,253 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (9,991 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($69,375), Finance & Insurance ($65,278), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($64,750).

Males in South Carolina have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $52,636. The income inequality in South Carolina (measured using the Gini index) is 0.464, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

91.7k
2022 Value
± 2,977
2.92%
1 Year growth
± 4.45%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC grew at a rate of 2.92%, from 89.1k employees to 91.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC, are Sales & Related Occupations (12,163 people), Management Occupations (10,075 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (9,234 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

91.7k
2022 Value
± 2,977
2.92%
1 Year growth
± 4.45%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC grew at a rate of 2.92%, from 89.1k employees to 91.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC, are Retail Trade (13,498 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (11,253 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (9,991 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC, though some of these residents may live in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$45,909
Median earning men ± $1,288
$35,423
Median earning women ± $1,563

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Information ($88,869), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($74,671), and Manufacturing ($65,854).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($57,855), Manufacturing ($52,694), and Public Administration ($51,418).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.54%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 2.26M people employed in South Carolina. This represents a 2.54% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 13.4%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in South Carolina.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 2,152
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 1,667
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services
  3. 1,425
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in South Carolina went to Donald J. Trump with 55.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (43.4%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.11%).

Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott are the senators currently representing the state of South Carolina. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

South Carolina is currently represented by 7 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from South Carolina

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Lindsey Graham
Senator from South Carolina2
Assumed office on January 3, 2003
Tim Scott
Senator from South Carolina3
Assumed office on January 2, 2013
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Jim DeMint.

Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott are the senators currently representing South Carolina.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from South Carolina

South Carolina is currently represented by 7 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for South Carolina have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC awarded 680 degrees. The student population of Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 1,318 male students and 3,002 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC are White (392 and 58%), followed by Black or African American (156 and 23.1%), Hispanic or Latino (83 and 12.3%), and Two or More Races (29 and 4.29%).

The largest universities in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC by number of degrees awarded are University of South Carolina Beaufort (366 and 53.8%) and Technical College of the Lowcountry (314 and 46.2%).

The most popular majors in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC are Registered Nursing (101 and 14.9%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (89 and 13.1%), and General Biological Sciences (46 and 6.76%).

The median tuition cost in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC for a public four year colleges is $10,344 for in-state students and $21,390 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC, the percentage of applicants admitted was 80%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 24%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 4,320 (30.5% men and 69.5% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 4,320 students enrolled in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC, 30.5% men and 69.5% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 2,327 records, of which 67.4% were women and 32.6% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 46 degrees awarded
  2. 59 degrees awarded
  3. 46 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC was General Business Administration & Management with 46 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 366 degrees awarded
  2. 314 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of South Carolina Beaufort with 366 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 184 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC, which is 0.371 times less than the 496 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 392 degrees mean that there were 2.51 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 156 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Public, 4-year or above ($10,344) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($386) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,266) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.83% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.688% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (1.18M), Some college (892k), and Bachelors Degree (705k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC was $364,800 in 2022, which is 1.29 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $313,200 to $364,800, a 16.5% increase. The homeownership rate in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC is 75.3%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC have an average commute time of 23.6 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC is $77,536. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC was Beaufort County, SC with a value of $81,260, followed by York County, SC and Charleston County, SC, with respective values of $80,158 and $78,795.

Property

$364,800
Median Property Value 2022
±$6,819
$66,168
Median Property Taxes
±$2,182

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

75.3%
Homeownership
2022
68%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 75.3% of the housing units in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 75%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC was Beaufort County, SC with a value of $81,260, followed by York County, SC and Charleston County, SC, with respective values of $80,158 and $78,795.

The following map shows all of the counties in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$77,536
Median Household Income
± $3,120
87.9k
Number of Households
± 2,687

In 2022, the median household income of the 87.9k households in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC grew to $77,536 from the previous year's value of $70,369.

The following chart displays the households in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC is from South Carolina.
0.464
2022 Wage GINI in South Carolina
0.463
2021 Wage GINI in South Carolina

In 2022, the income inequality in South Carolina was 0.464 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.334% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for South Carolina was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in South Carolina in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (76.3%)
  2. Worked At Home (10.1%)
  3. Carpooled (9.65%)

In 2022, 76.3% of workers in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (10.1%) and those who carpooled to work (9.65%).

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Commute Time

23.6 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC have a shorter commute time (23.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.6% of the workforce in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

11.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC (24.1k out of 212k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Females 35 - 44.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC is Black, followed by White and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

90.6% of the population of Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC has health coverage, with 35.7% on employee plans, 11.5% on Medicaid, 19.8% on Medicare, 19.8% on non-group plans, and 3.81% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in South Carolina see 1485 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.602% decrease from the previous year (1494 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1768 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 524 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,485 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in South Carolina

Primary care physicians in South Carolina see an average of 1,485 patients per year. This represents a 0.602% decrease from the previous year (1,494 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in South Carolina in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 20.2% under 18 years, 16.7% between 18 and 34 years, 35.4% between 35 and 64 years, and 27.6% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.2% were men and 51.8% were women.

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Uninsured People

9.41%
Uninsured
35.7%
Employer Coverage
11.5%
Medicaid
19.8%
Medicare
19.8%
Non-Group
3.81%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC declined by 7.4% from 10.2% to 9.41%.

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