Bluffton is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of South Carolina. With a population of 21,085 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Bluffton is the 33rd largest community in South Carolina. There's nothing like the smell of a brand new house, and in Bluffton, you'll find that a large proportion of houses were recently built. New growth in residential real estate is an indication that people are choosing to move to Bluffton, and putting down their money on brand new construction. Bluffton’s real estate is, on average, some of the newest in the nation. Bluffton does seem to be experiencing an influx of affluent people, because the median household income is $70,222.00.
Bluffton real estate is some of the most expensive in South Carolina, although Bluffton house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Bluffton is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Bluffton is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bluffton who work in sales jobs (13.58%), office and administrative support (10.88%), and management occupations (9.92%).
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.51% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Bluffton is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
The citizens of Bluffton are among the most well-educated in the nation: 42.76% of adults in Bluffton have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Bluffton in 2010 was $32,923, which is wealthy relative to South Carolina, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $131,692 for a family of four. However, Bluffton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Bluffton is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Bluffton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Bluffton residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Bluffton also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 16.79% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Bluffton include Irish, German, English, Italian, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Bluffton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.