In February, the Office of Management and Budget announced that the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort area is now a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). This includes all of Beaufort and Jasper counties.
From July 1, 2011, to July 1, 2012, the Census Bureau states, this MSA's population increased from 189,749 to 193,882. That was a 2.2 percent change, which ranked it as the 18th fastest-growing MSA based on percentage gain. There are 380 MSAs in the United States.
William B. McGill
Hilton Head Island