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 23,097 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Bluffton is the 33rd 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 $74,695.00.
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 service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bluffton who work in sales jobs (12.59%), management occupations (9.69%), and office and administrative support (9.62%).
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.71% 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.
One of the nice things about Bluffton is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
Bluffton is a small town, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.
The citizens of Bluffton are among the most well-educated in the nation: 44.65% 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 $37,204, which is wealthy relative to South Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $148,816 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 15.50% 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.