Hardeeville is a city in Beaufort and Jasper counties in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The population was 1,793 at the 2000 census. Hardeeville is included within the Hilton Head Island–Beaufort Micropolitan Statistical Area. For many years, Hardeeville billed itself as the "Lowcountry Host" due to the prevalence of lodging facilities along U.S. Highway 17 and later Interstate 95.
In recent years, the city has expanded its economic focus due to population growth pressures and new opportunities. Hardeeville was among the fastest growing cities in the Southeast in the 2000s (decade) as new and proposed development began to take shape. From 2000 to 2010, the city's population grew nearly 65 percent. Over that same time period the city limits expanded from 4.5 miles to just under 50 square miles in size due to annexation of large tracts for future development.
Sports and recreation:
Through the city's recreation department, Youth and Adult athletics are sponsored year-round. Activities include football, flag football, basketball, softball, soccer, and cheerleading. Most recreational events take place at the city's recreation complex located behind City Hall.
The city is currently home to the University of South Carolina Beaufort Sand Sharks baseball team. The Sand Sharks have played at the Richard Gray Baseball Complex since 2008 and will continue games at the facility until a new facility is built on the USCB's south campus in Beaufort County. The University of South Carolina Beaufort Sand Shark softball team also plays home games at the Richard Gray Baseball Complex, holding their inaugural season in 2012.
Hardeeville's Central location in the southern Lowcountry region make it a prime site commercial and industrial development. Upon final build-out of major projects and other developments, the city will likely become one of the ten largest cities in South Carolina based on population and land area.
Downtown Hardeeville has traditionally been the center of commercial activity in the city, with traveler services along U.S. 17 mixing together with more local-oriented businesses along Main Street. Hardeeville's two exits along Interstate 95 are some of South Carolina's more popular stopping points, with traveler-oriented commercial services. Although Exit 5 has been in existence longer and has more commercial activity, Exit 8 has experienced recent commercial growth as well. Exit 8 also is the access point to the local hospital and a popular county park located within 1-mile (1.6 km) of the exit. .
Among industrial and business park locations, the Hardeeville Industrial Park is among the most successful locations in the city, connected both to road and rail networks. Additional light industrial development is occurring in other areas of the city, especially along the Argent Boulevard and Highway 170 corridors.
Hardeeville serves as a major transportation hub for the Lowcountry and Coastal Empire regions, with several major regional transportation links. Listed below are some of the major transportation links that are located in the city.
- Interstate 95
- U.S. Highway 17
- U.S. Highway 278
- U.S. Highway 321
- S.C. Highway 46
- S.C. Highway 170