Hilton Head Island Economy
Hilton Head Statistics
As of the 2010 census Hilton Head Island has 37,099 permanent residents. The Island's economy is primarily tourism and real estate driven. More than $1 billion impacted the Hilton Head Island / Bluffton economy in 2008. Over 2 million visitors come each year, several hundred of whom made the move permanent.
Presently, there are more than 600 full-time real estate executives working on the Island. 61% of local jobs are tourism-related. Approximately 43 percent of the 5,000 licensed Island enterprises are retail and service-oriented companies. Retail operations and restaurants in particular have flourished in the Hilton Head Island/ Bluffton-Okatie area. (Information is from Hilton Head Tourism Statistics)
Tourism pumps more than $1 billion into the Hilton Head Island area economy annually. Sales taxes paid by visitors total $34 million. Taxes paid by tourists save every South Carolina taxpayer more than $200 each year in state taxes.