Bluffton, SC
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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 25,557 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 $82,481.00.

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.

Bluffton is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Bluffton is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Bluffton who work in sales jobs (13.08%), management occupations (10.87%), and office and administrative support (9.81%).

A relatively large number of people in Bluffton telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.45% 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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

Being a small town, Bluffton does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

The citizens of Bluffton are among the most well-educated in the nation: 45.78% 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 2018 was $38,778, which is wealthy relative to South Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $155,112 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 16.84% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Bluffton include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Bluffton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.