Kiawah Island is a town that is situated on a barrier island fifteen miles south of the city of Charleston, South Carolina. This golf and beach resort town covers an area of approximately thirteen square miles and has a population of twelve hundred citizens. According to a recent United States census, there were five hundred and fifty seven households and four hundred and seventy-four families living in the town. The racial makeup of the town can be broken down in the following manner: ninety-eight percent are of Caucasian descent, a third of a percent is African American, two tenths of a percent are Native American, two tenths of a percent are Asian or Latino and the remainder of the population are of two or more ethnic groups. Median family income in the town is eighty-three thousand United States dollars and the median household income was seventy-six thousand dollars.
Kiwah Island is known for its highly rated golf courses, beautiful beaches and expensive villas. But, the town also has other attractions around it. One of the most popular is located in Charleston and is known as the USS Yorktown. This Essex class aircraft carrier was built for the United States during the Second World War. It was commissioned in the spring of 1943 and earned a number of battle stars during its involvement in several battle campaigns in the Pacific Theater of Operations. This aircraft carrier was also used during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. In 1970, it was decommissioned at Philadelphia and stayed there for about five years. In 1975, it was towed to Charleston, South Carolina. In October of 1975, it was dedicated as a memorial. In 1986, it was named a National Historic Landmark and is now a museum ship.
Other attractions in and around the town of Kiawah Island include Parkshore Park, Kiawah Island Tennis, Beachwalker County Park, H.L. Hunley Submarine, Warren Lasch Conservation Center, The Ocean Course, St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Confederate Museum, Palmetto Carriage Works, The Citadel, Givhans Ferry State Park, Night Heron Park, Turtle Point Golf Course, Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, Brittlebank Park, Cougar Point Golf Course, Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Macaulay Museum of Dental History, Osprey Point Golf Course, The Sanctuary Luxury Spa, Morris Island Lighthouse, Nathaniel Russell House, Drayton Hall, American Military Museum, Scooper’s Ice Cream, The Atlantic Room at The Ocean Course, Jasmine Porch, Tomasso at Turtle Point, St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Ocean Room at The Sanctuary, The Market at Town Center, Shrimpers, King Street Grille, Magnolia Cemetery, Middleton Place, Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, South Carolina Aquarium, Francis Marion Hotel, Kiawah Island Golf Resort, The Sanctuary Hotel, The Powder Magazine, The Schooner Pride, Heyward-Washington House, Thomas Elfe House, Calhoun Mansion, Old Slave Mart Museum and the Aiken Rhett House. Whether your looking for a round of golf, to enjoy the historic sites that are situated around the town or play on the spectacular beaches, Kiawah Island is a little bit of paradise for everyone in the family.