Bluffton is a medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of South Carolina. With a population of 32,191 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Bluffton is the 17th largest community in South Carolina. Bluffton has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Bluffton, where the median household income is $85,844.00.
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, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bluffton who work in sales jobs (14.12%), management occupations (12.90%), and office and administrative support (10.04%).
A relatively large number of people in Bluffton telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.27% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.
Because of many things, Bluffton is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Bluffton really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Bluffton perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
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.
Even though Bluffton is not a small town, it doesn't have a public transportation system that anybody uses for their daily commute to work.
The education level of Bluffton ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Bluffton, 46.28% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
The per capita income in Bluffton in 2018 was $44,326, which is wealthy relative to South Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $177,304 for a family of four. However, Bluffton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Bluffton is a very 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 13.69% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Bluffton include Irish, German, English, Italian, and French.
The most common language spoken in Bluffton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.