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As new construction continues to build around Hardeeville, the city continues to be the Lowcountry’s fastest-growing city since the 2010 Census figures were released.
According to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau, Hardeeville’s newest population estimate for 2018 stands at 6,515. Its estimate in 2010 was 3,055 people. The neighboring town of Ridgeland has a population of 3,831, which is down from 4,036 in 2010. Jasper County as a whole this past year had population estimates of 28,971, which is an increase over the past eight years from 24,777 people in 2010.
“The city’s growth is very important because the increased revenue funds the many projects that will make Hardeeville an attractive place to live,” Hardeeville Mayor Harry Williams said. “The new fire station, the new community center, the new football field, the dog park, basketball courts, and playground are funded by growth. Long overdue renovations like City Hall, the police HQ and the Courtroom have also been possible due to the city’s growth.”
The figures show a 113 percent growth in Hardeeville’s population estimate since the 2010 Census, with an average annual percent population increase of about 15 percent. City officials anticipate continued strong growth as the number of construction permits continue to rise.
“The city has grown by 980, or 18 percent, since I took office in June 2016 but interestingly the county has only grown by 900 in that same time,” Williams said. “Hardeeville is obviously supplying all the population growth. We expect that the next 10 years will be even more explosive and we are projecting 30,000 residents by 2030. Hardeeville’s population growth has been largely fueled by new residents who have come to this area to retire.”
Bluffton’s population estimate grew from 13,060 people in 2010 to 23,097 in 2018, a jump of 76.9 percent, according to the data.
A majority of the recent population growth in Hardeeville has occurred in the newly developing areas of the city along Hwy. 278 and Argent Boulevard corridors in the Sun City, Latitude Margaritaville, Hilton Head Lakes and Hearthstone Lakes neighborhoods. The addition of the East Argent development will also add to the growth in population over the next 10 years.
The numbers released do not include growth Hardeeville has seen since July 1, 2018, the city said. Since that time, more than 300 additional Certificates of Occupancy have been issued for both single-family and multi-family structures.