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 16,728 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Bluffton is the 33rd largest community in South Carolina. Much of the housing stock in Bluffton was built relatively recently. The construction of new real estate can often be taken as an indication that the local Bluffton economy is robust, and that jobs or other amenities are attracting an influx of new residents. This seems to be the case in Bluffton, where the median household income is $64,287.00.
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, Bluffton isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Bluffton are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Bluffton is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Bluffton who work in sales jobs (16.71%), management occupations (13.26%), and office and administrative support (10.70%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.34% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
The population of Bluffton is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 35.35% of adults in Bluffton have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Bluffton in 2010 was $28,091, 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 $112,364 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 13.31% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Bluffton include Irish, Italian, English, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Bluffton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.