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Bluffton, South Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Bluffton is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Beaufort County at latitude 32.208 and longitude -80.9336. Beaufort County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 20 feet.

The formal official name is the Town of Bluffton, but most people and references simply refer to it as Bluffton, South Carolina.

The P1 Census Class Code for Bluffton indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The formal boundaries for the Town of Bluffton (see map below) encompass a land area of 51.36 sq. miles and a water area of 2.22 sq. miles.

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Bluffton, SC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 15,029
Population in Households 15,020
Population in Familes 12,735
Population in Group Qrtrs 9
Population Density1 293
Diversity Index2 66


Total Households 5,342
Average Household Size 2.81
Family Households 4,075
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 6,551 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,825 (58.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,517 (23.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,209 (18.5%)
Median Home Value $196,766
Average Home Value $249,719


Median Household Income $59,242
Average Household Income $75,364
Per Capita Income $25,644
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 4.37% 2.79%
Households 4.58% 2.91%
Families 4.92% 2.82%
Median Household Income   2.11%
Per Capita Income   1.79%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Bluffton, SC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Bluffton to the other 395 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in South Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 34 92nd
Population Density1 # 292 26th
Diversity Index2 # 24 94th
Median Household Income # 19 95th
Per Capita Income # 58 86th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE South Carolina Census Data Comparison Tool.