CITY AMONG FASTEST GROWING IN THE LOWCOUNTRY
The City of Hardeeville, founded in 1911, is among the fastest-growing cities in the Lowcountry. Its population estimate grew 120 percent from 2010-2018, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The city’s population is expected to surpass 30,000 people in the next 10 years, officials say. It now encompasses 56 square miles and continues to grow. Hardeeville’s growth offers visitors an opportunity to experience a multitude of activities.
The city features the Richard Gray Complex, which includes a football field, dog park, basketball courts and baseball and softball fields. A new 35,000-square-foot recreation facility opened in July. The city also opened new, covered basketball courts and the Ju Ju Hutson playground.
An attraction is Argent train No. 7, which was donated to the city after the closing of Argent Lumber Company. The wood-burning steam locomotive was built around 1910.
The Hardeeville area is also home to the Savannah Wildlife Refuge, which consists of 31,551 acres of freshwater marshes, tidal creeks and bottomland hardwoods. Sergeant Jasper Park offers 132 acres of trails, fishing lakes and is home to a disc golf course.
I-95’s Exit 5 and Exit 8 also offer hotels, restaurants and businesses and are gateways to the Lowcountry region.
Hardeeville, with its proximity to Savannah and Hilton Head, is attracting businesses and developers. The city is home to 55-and-older communities Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head, Sun City, and Riverton Pointe.
City officials are forecasting several new jobs coming to the area associated with various industrial and commercial business opportunities in and around the city.
BY THE NUMBERS
Median Age: 57.1
Over 65: 35.6%
Per capita: $41,535
Median household: $68,365
Below poverty level: 12.4%
High school diploma: 91.3%
College degree: 38.4%
Median Rent: $1,227
Median Home Value: $336,000
NEW BUILDING PERMITS
Residential (Jan. 1-June 30, 2021) : 571
Residential (Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2020) : 1,017
Commercial (Jan. 1-June 30, 2021) : 30
Commercial (Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2020) : 103
Sources: U.S. Census, city of Hardeeville, DataUSA
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