The Island Packet is a daily morning broadsheet newspaper owned by The McClatchy Company serving primarily the residents of southern Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States, particularly the towns of Hilton Head Island and Bluffton. Its average circulation is 19,223 on weekdays and 20,168 on Sundays.



The newspaper was founded as a weekly on July 9, 1970, by Tom Wamsley and Ralph Hilton, with financial backing by Lucy and Jonathan Daniels, editor emeritus of the Raleigh News & Observer.[2]


The latest circulation figures from the parent company McClatchy in 2006[2] report circulations of 19,223 on weekdays and 20,168 on Sundays; however more recent audited circulation numbers from the Audit Bureau of Circulations for the six months ended March 31, 2010, report circulations of 18,972 on weekdays and 20,605 on Sundays,[3] down 1% and up 2% respectively during the last four years.