Kiawah Island, South Carolina

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Kiawah Island is a beach and golf resort located on a barrier island 15 miles (24 km) south of Charleston in Charleston County, South Carolina, in the United States. As of the 2000 census, the town population was 1,163. It is a major U.S. tourist site which offers expensive spacious villas, large highly acclaimed golf courses, beaches, and other attractions. Kiawah Island is home to the Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

As defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, and used by the U.S. Census Bureau for statistical purposes only, Kiawah Island is included within the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville metropolitan area.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 13.5 square miles (35.1 km²), of which, 11.2 square miles (28.9 km²) of it is land and 2.4 square miles (6.2 km²) of it (17.58%) is water.

Kiawah was named for the Kiawah Indians who were led by their head chieftain or cassique. In the year 1670, the Cassique of the Kiawah led English Colonists to settle at Charlestowne Landing.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,163 people, 557 households, and 474 families residing in the town. The population density was 104.2 people per square mile (40.2/km²). There were 3,070 housing units at an average density of 275.0/sq mi (106.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.19% White, 0.34% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.17% Asian, and 1.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.17% of the population.

There were 557 households out of which 6.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 82.9% were married couples living together, 1.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.9% were non-families. 13.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.09 and the average family size was 2.25.

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