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.
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 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%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.27% 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 a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Bluffton’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
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.
Bluffton is a decent-sized town, yet no one gets to work using public transit, because the town has no real transit system.
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.