Locals' summer

By: Elena80
5/6/2019 8:42 AM

Hi y'all! I am looking to purchase a business on HHI but i would like to understand the demographics before I finalize it. The business I am interested in relies heavily on local homeowners, so the question I have is this. Is it pretty common for local retirees to "summer" somewhere north? In other words: is there a notable change in population during summer? Thanks for your comments!

By: Will
5/6/2019 2:05 PM

Hi Elena80,

The population certainly swells in the summer months as many, many vacationers flock to Hilton Head. I personally know a resident who does go north in the summer months to s second home. I'm not sure what the percentage of people who split time between homes in the summer and winter months, but I'm sure there is a fair number who do. Hilton Head Island is fairly affluent, so there would be people with the means to do so.

However, HHI is fairly temperate, so I doubt you would have as many who travel north in the summer as you may find in Florida. It's more pleasant year-round than places to the north or south. I'd be curious to hear other opinions.

What is the business you are considering?


By: Elena80
5/6/2019 2:31 PM

Will thanks for your input, i appreciate it. I can't say the name of the business of course, but it has to do with home improvement which is why its important for me to understand the dynamics of the community. I currently reside in town where we have a huge number of "winter birds" and thus we definitely have slow and busy seasons.

By: Last Tango
5/30/2019 10:48 AM

I don't live in Hilton Head, but am considering it when we retire in a year or so. My wife and I intend to spend the summer in Wisconsin, which is where we originally grew up. The rest of the year south.

By: Dave
6/4/2019 4:21 PM

Some call them snowbirds but here in the Lowcountry we call them cowards. There are a fair number of residents that go north for the summer hence the number of companies that check people's homes while they are gone. That said, the summer months are far busier around here with vacationers. We get them year round but many many more in the summer months. Saturday afternoons in the summer is a steady influx of minivans with roof racks coming over the bridge for their week of vacation. You can almost hear the island breathe a sigh of relief when school is back in session.