1954-Present: Tourism becomes the number one Industry

With the expansion of Hotels and Rental Homes exploding in the 1990’s. Around 1898 there were 1200 people living in Hope Town Settlement, in 1968 there were 100. Today, the island hosts about 500 year-round residents, 500 second homeowners that come and go, and when at full capacity, all beds full the island can hold almost 2,000 people.