Island Makeup: “How I Spent my Summer Vacation” Part II
A common question I get asked is, “how many people live full-time on the Island?” A good back to school research paper for me! It’s a difficult number to pin down, but I thought it might be interesting to check the voter registration numbers as a way of making a determination. I was surprised to learn that the numbers have been increasing drastically over the past few years. The research showed that in 2008 there were 1,315 people registered to vote on Seabrook. By 2010, that number had risen to almost 1,502, a 14% increase. In 2015, the number had risen to almost 1,800, a 20% increase since 2010 and almost 37% over 2008. A check of Club memberships showed the similar 21% increase in resident members since 2010.
Another common question is, “how many properties are on the Island and how many home sites remain?” We use about 2,600 as the total number of homes, villas and home sites. Heather Paton tells me the SIPOA uses 413 as the number of unimproved home sites remaining. Using the latest Property Owners Association map, it looks like the remaining home sites break down “approximately” this way: 22% wooded; 12% marsh; 27% golf; 7% lakes; 13% village; 5% ocean front; 13% ocean area. I can’t guarantee total accuracy, since I counted them myself and made up the categories, but it made an interesting school project.
Welcome back to those who traveled this summer, and here’s to a great end-of-the-year in the real estate market!
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