Bluffton, South Carolina

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Population in 2014: 15,199 (80% urban, 20% rural). Population change since 2000: +1092.1%
Males: 7,516  (49.5%)
Females: 7,683  (50.5%)
Median resident age:  33.8 years
South Carolina median age:  38.6 years

Zip codes: 29909, 29910, 29927.

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Estimated median household income in 2013: $59,835 (it was $43,281 in 2000)
Bluffton:

$59,835
SC:

$44,163

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $26,356 (it was $17,327 in 2000)

Bluffton town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $208,720 (it was $129,600 in 2000)
Bluffton:

$208,720
SC:

$139,200

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $381,376; Detached houses: $430,639; Townhouses or other attached units: $301,797; In 2-unit structures: $420,594; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $294,098; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $245,853; Mobile homes: $74,179; Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $80,443

Median gross rent in 2013: $1,260.

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  • Races in Bluffton, SC (2013)

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    • 7,97359.1%White alone
    • 2,52418.7%Black alone
    • 2,37117.6%Hispanic
    • 2882.1%Two or more races
    • 2371.8%Asian alone
    • 170.1%American Indian alone

Races in Bluffton detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Bluffton: 89.6 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: Irish (11.6%), German (10.9%), English (7.6%), United States (4.0%), Polish (3.5%), Scottish (2.2%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated in 1852

Elevation: 25 feet

Land area: 34.0 square miles.

Population density: 447 people per square mile   (low).

Bluffton,SC real estate house value index trend

Bluffton, South Carolina map

For population 25 years and over in Bluffton:

  • High school or higher: 90.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 30.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 11.0%
  • Unemployed: 6.7%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 23.5 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Bluffton town:

  • Never married: 27.9%
  • Now married: 51.3%
  • Separated: 1.7%
  • Widowed: 4.5%
  • Divorced: 14.6%

2,087 residents are foreign born (12.0% Latin America).

This town:

15.5%
South Carolina:

4.8%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,545 (0.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $1,749 (0.6%)

Bluffton satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Savannah, GA (16.5 miles , pop. 131,510).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Jacksonville, FL (138.5 miles , pop. 735,617).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (626.8 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities: Hilton Head Island, SC (3.1 miles ), Hardeeville, SC (3.4 miles ), Talahi Island, GA (3.6 miles ), Whitemarsh Island, GA (3.7 miles ), Parris Island, SC (3.8 miles ), Tybee Island-Wilmington, GA (3.8 miles ), Tybee Island, GA (3.8 miles ), Shell Point, SC (3.9 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2012: 26 buildings, average cost: $324,900
  • 2013: 391 buildings, average cost: $410,700
  • 2014: 585 buildings, average cost: $365,000

Latitude: 32.21 N, Longitude: 80.90 W

Area code: 843

Bluffton household income distribution Bluffton home values distribution

Crime rates in Bluffton by Year
Type 2002 2003 2004
Murders 000
per 100,000 0.00.00.0
Rapes 102
per 100,000 76.60.0111.1
Robberies 025
per 100,000 0.0121.7277.8
Assaults 7716
per 100,000 536.4425.8888.9
Burglaries 182528
per 100,000 1,379.31,520.71,555.6
Thefts 325387
per 100,000 2,452.13,223.84,833.3
Auto thefts 374
per 100,000 229.9425.8222.2
Arson N/A00
per 100,000 N/A0.00.0
City-data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 321.9) 397.2407.1697.4

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City-data.com crime index counts serious crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

Crime rate in Bluffton detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2014, including police officers: 44 (40 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.91
South Carolina average:

2.19

Bluffton tourist attractions:

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

5.5%
South Carolina:

5.8%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (17%)
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Accommodation and food services (13%)
  • Public administration (9%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (7%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (7%)
  • Manufacturing (6%)
  • Retail trade (15%)
  • Health care and social assistance (14%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Other services, except public administration (8%)
  • Finance and insurance (7%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (7%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Management occupations (17%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (16%)
  • Sales and related occupations (13%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (11%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (6%)
  • Transportation occupations (5%)
  • Sales and related occupations (22%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (15%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (11%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (8%)
  • Management occupations (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (8%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (6%)

Work and jobs in Bluffton: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Bluffton, South Carolina

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Bluffton-area historical tornado activity is below South Carolina state average. It is 44% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/9/1998, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 23.6 miles away from the Bluffton town center killed 2 people and injured 17 people and caused $3 million in damages.

On 5/25/1970, a category F2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado 13.6 miles away from the town center caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Bluffton-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below South Carolina state average. It is 88% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 11/22/1974 at 05:25:55, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 64.7 miles away from the city center
On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG) earthquake occurred 147.2 miles away from Bluffton center
On 11/11/2002 at 23:39:29, a magnitude 4.4 (4.0 MB, 4.4 LG, Depth: 1.5 mi) earthquake occurred 57.7 miles away from the city center
On 8/21/1992 at 16:31:55, a magnitude 4.4 (4.1 MB, 4.1 LG, 4.4 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 73.7 miles away from the city center
On 4/17/1995 at 13:45:57, a magnitude 3.9 (3.9 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 70.1 miles away from Bluffton center
On 4/29/2003 at 08:59:39, a magnitude 4.9 (4.4 MB, 4.6 MW, 4.9 LG, Depth: 12.2 mi) earthquake occurred 315.6 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Beaufort County (4) is a lot smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 1
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 3, Drought: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Bluffton topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Bluffton:

  • CAREONE HOME HEALTH SERVICES, AN AMEDISYS COMPANY (23 PLANTATION PARK DRIVE, SUITE 503)
  • HOSPICE CARE OF THE LOWCOUNTRY (119 PALMETTO WAY PO BOX 3827)
  • NHC HEALTHCARE - BLUFFTON (3039 OKATIE HIGHWAY)

Amtrak station near Bluffton:

  • 18 miles: SAVANNAH (2611 SEABOARD COAST LINE DR.) . Services: ticket office, fully wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, vending machines, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, taxi stand.

College/University in Bluffton:

  • University of South Carolina-Beaufort (Full-time enrollment: 1,575; Location: 1 University Boulevard; Public; Website: www.uscb.edu)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Bluffton:

  • Savannah College of Art and Design (about 16 miles; Savannah, GA; Full-time enrollment: 9,964)
  • Savannah State University (about 17 miles; Savannah, GA; FT enrollment: 4,193)
  • Savannah Technical College (about 19 miles; Savannah, GA; FT enrollment: 3,677)
  • South University–Savannah Online (about 20 miles; Savannah, GA; FT enrollment: 13,512)
  • Armstrong Atlantic State University (about 23 miles; Savannah, GA; FT enrollment: 6,399)
  • Georgia Southern University (about 54 miles; Statesboro, GA; FT enrollment: 18,824)
  • Citadel Military College of South Carolina (about 68 miles; Charleston, SC; FT enrollment: 3,683)

Public high schools in Bluffton:

  • BLUFFTON HIGH (Students: 1,092, Location: 12 H. E. MCCRACKEN CIRCLE, Grades: 10-12)
  • H. E. MCCRACKEN MIDDLE (Location: 250 H. E. MCCRACKEN CIRCLE, Grades: 8-9)

Public elementary/middle schools in Bluffton:

Private elementary/middle schools in Bluffton:

  • ST GREGORY THE GREAT SCHOOL (Students: 224, Location: 323 FORDING ISLAND RD, Grades: PK-8)
  • MAY RIVER MONTESSORI SCHOOL (Students: 159, Location: 60 CALHOUN ST, Grades: PK-5)
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Notable location: Bluffton Police Department (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Bluffton include: Young Zion Church (A), Church of the Cross (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemetery: Moreland Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Swamps: Shoe Quarter Swamp (A), Mile Swamp (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Creek: Stony Creek (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Tourist attraction: Island Celebration Station - Bridge Center (Amusement & Theme Parks; 2 Highway 278) (1). Display/hide its approximate location on the map

Hotels: Fairfield Inn Sun City/Hilton Head (105 Okatie Center Blvd North) (1), Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites (35 Buffton Road) (2), Comfort Suites Bluffton (23 Towne Drive) (3). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Beaufort County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2013 was 58.1. This is better than average.

City:

58.1
U.S.:

74.7

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2013 was 3.07. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 7.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

3.07
U.S.:

1.91

Ozone [ppb] level in 2013 was 26.8. This is about average. Closest monitor was 2.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

26.8
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 15.8. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 14.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

15.8
U.S.:

20.0

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 9.08. This is about average. Closest monitor was 16.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

9.08
U.S.:

9.35

Lead (Pb) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 0.00199. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 13.3 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.00199
U.S.:

0.01376
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 16.1%
(5.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 32.8% for Black residents, 36.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 36.4% for American Indian residents, 49.3% for other race residents)
Average household size:
This town:  2.8 people
South Carolina:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:  75.2%
Whole state:  67.5%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:  7.2%
Whole state:  6.0%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.3% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.3% of all households

Bluffton, South Carolina environmental map by EPA

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Banks with most branches in Bluffton (2011 data):

  • TD Bank, National Association: Bluffton Hwy 278 Branch at 1021 Fording Island Road, branch established on 2008/01/28; Buckwalter Branch at 110 Buckwalter Parkway, branch established on 2008/03/31. Info updated 2010/10/04: Bank assets: $188,912.6 mil, Deposits: $153,149.8 mil, headquarters in Wilmington, DE, positive income, 1314 total offices, Holding Company: Toronto-Dominion Bank, The
  • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association: Okatie Town Center at 197 Okatie Village Drive, branch established on 1999/02/16; Blufton Branch at 11 Arley Way, branch established on 2001/01/08. Info updated 2011/04/05: Bank assets: $1,161,490.0 mil, Deposits: $905,653.0 mil, headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD, positive income, 6395 total offices, Holding Company: Wells Fargo & Company
  • SunTrust Bank: Sun City Branch at 21 William Pope Dr, branch established on 2003/06/02; Westbury Park Branch at 2 Westbury Parkway, branch established on 2003/06/02. Info updated 2010/05/27: Bank assets: $171,291.7 mil, Deposits: $129,833.2 mil, headquarters in Atlanta, GA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1716 total offices, Holding Company: Suntrust Banks, Inc.
  • CoastalStates Bank: Bluffton Village Branch at 7 Thurmond Way, branch established on 2006/12/26; Sun City Branch at 30 William Pope Drive, branch established on 2007/04/16. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $398.5 mil, Deposits: $289.6 mil, headquarters in Hilton Head Island, SC, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 5 total offices, Holding Company: Coastalsouth Bancshares, Inc.
  • Atlantic Community Bank: at 1 Sheridan Park Circle, branch established on 2006/01/26; Messenger Service at 1 Sheridan Park Circle, branch established on 2007/07/02. Info updated 2008/07/25: Bank assets: $92.5 mil, Deposits: $73.4 mil, local headquarters, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 3 total offices, Holding Company: Atlantic Bancshares, Inc.
  • First Citizens Bank and Trust Company, Inc.: Bluffton Branch at 1 Westbury Parkway, branch established on 2004/05/17. Info updated 2011/08/24: Bank assets: $8,104.0 mil, Deposits: $6,880.8 mil, headquarters in Columbia, SC, positive income, 197 total offices, Holding Company: First Citizens Bancorporation, Inc.
  • Tidelands Bank: Bluffton Branch at 52 Burnt Church Road, branch established on 2008/05/01. Info updated 2011/10/13: Bank assets: $532.3 mil, Deposits: $446.6 mil, headquarters in Mount Pleasant, SC, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 7 total offices, Holding Company: Tidelands Bancshares, Inc.
  • Bank of America, National Association: Bluffton Commons Branch at 101 Windrush Lane, branch established on 2004/08/09. Info updated 2009/11/18: Bank assets: $1,451,969.3 mil, Deposits: $1,077,176.8 mil, headquarters in Charlotte, NC, positive income, 5782 total offices, Holding Company: Bank Of America Corporation
  • SCBT National Association: Bluffton Branch at 1328 Fording Island Road, branch established on 1996/08/22. Info updated 2011/08/01: Bank assets: $3,893.8 mil, Deposits: $3,257.7 mil, headquarters in Orangeburg, SC, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 79 total offices, Holding Company: Scbt Financial Corporation
  • 9 other banks with 9 local branches

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

12.4
South Carolina average:

12.0

Bluffton travel time to work - commute Bluffton mode of transportation to work chart

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Religion statistics for Bluffton town (based on Beaufort County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant24,00276
Catholic16,1175
Mainline Protestant15,10226
Other2,76916
Black Protestant2,73216
Orthodox1401
None101,371-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 37
Beaufort County:

2.52 / 10,000 pop.
South Carolina:

1.99 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
This county:

0.14 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.15 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 8
Beaufort County:

0.55 / 10,000 pop.
South Carolina:

0.85 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 56
Beaufort County:

3.82 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.38 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 232
Here:

15.81 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.75 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

8.0%
South Carolina:

10.6%
Adult obesity rate:
Beaufort County:

20.1%
South Carolina:

29.4%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

11.6%
State:

13.4%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Here:

47.8%
South Carolina:

48.5%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Bluffton:

44.9%
South Carolina:

45.1%

Average BMI:
Bluffton:

29.2
South Carolina:

29.1

People feeling badly about themselves:
This city:

20.7%
South Carolina:

20.8%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Here:

11.0%
State:

11.2%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

6.7
South Carolina:

6.8

Overweight people:
Bluffton:

34.8%
State:

34.4%

General health condition:
This city:

54.9%
South Carolina:

54.9%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

80.5%
South Carolina:

79.5%

More about Health and Nutrition of Bluffton, SC Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2013)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 11$55,308$60,3360$0
Other Government Administration 19$85,384$53,9270$0
Judicial and Legal 3$11,804$47,2160$0
Police Protection - Officers 33$152,004$55,2740$0
Police - Other 3$10,485$41,9406$6,421
Streets and Highways 7$22,630$38,7940$0
Housing and Community Development(Local) 1$4,238$50,8560$0
Natural Resources 5$26,642$63,9410$0
Other and Unallocable 16$79,466$59,6000$0
Totals for Government 98$447,961$54,8526$6,421

Bluffton government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Central Staff Services: $445,000 ($29.28)
    Police Protection: $400,000 ($26.32)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $83,000 ($5.46)
    Regular Highways: $74,000 ($4.87)
    Solid Waste Management: $48,000 ($3.16)
    Financial Administration: $14,000 ($0.92)
    General Public Buildings: $10,000 ($0.66)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $34,000 ($2.24)
    General - Other: $20,000 ($1.32)
    Regular Highways: $19,000 ($1.25)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $548,000 ($36.06)

Bluffton government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - All Other: $40,000 ($2.63)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $174,000 ($11.45)
    Interest Earnings: $17,000 ($1.12)
    Rents: $9,000 ($0.59)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Support: $38,000 ($2.50)
  • Tax - NEC: $393,000 ($25.86)
    Property: $234,000 ($15.40)
    Public Utilities: $30,000 ($1.97)

Bluffton government finances - Debt in 2002 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt Issue, Unspecified - Other NEC: $226,000 ($14.87)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $19,000 ($1.25)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Other, NEC: $177,000 ($11.65)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $30,000 ($1.97)

Bluffton government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $340,000 ($22.37)

8.74% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($60,777 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.74%
South Carolina average:

6.90%

0.25% of residents moved from foreign countries ($1,054 average AGI)
Beaufort County:

0.25%
South Carolina average:

0.07%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Jasper County, SC  0.46% ($30,768 average AGI)
from Onslow County, NC  0.26% ($39,738)
from Chatham County, GA  0.24% ($32,432)


8.36% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($42,894 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.36%
South Carolina average:

6.53%

0.31% of residents moved to foreign countries ($1,588 average AGI)
Beaufort County:

0.31%
South Carolina average:

0.09%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Jasper County, SC  0.50% ($31,894 average AGI)
to Onslow County, NC  0.32% ($44,011)
to Chatham County, GA  0.25% ($39,068)

Strongest AM radio stations in Bluffton:

  • WBMQ (630 AM; 5 kW; SAVANNAH, GA; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WJLG (900 AM; 4 kW; SAVANNAH, GA; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WTKS (1290 AM; 5 kW; SAVANNAH, GA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WFXH (1130 AM; 1 kW; HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • WNFO (1430 AM; daytime; 1 kW; RIDGELAND, SC)
  • WIQB (1050 AM; 25 kW; CONWAY, SC; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WSOK (1230 AM; 1 kW; SAVANNAH, GA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WOKV (690 AM; 50 kW; JACKSONVILLE, FL; Owner: COX RADIO, INC.)
  • WBAJ (890 AM; daytime; 50 kW; BLYTHEWOOD, SC; Owner: FAMILY FIRST)
  • WCEO (840 AM; daytime; 50 kW; COLUMBIA, SC; Owner: EASTERN BROADCASTING GROUP, INC.)
  • WHGM (1400 AM; 1 kW; SAVANNAH, GA; Owner: WHGM RADIO, INC.)
  • WVGB (1490 AM; 1 kW; BEAUFORT, SC; Owner: VIVIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WMAC (940 AM; 50 kW; MACON, GA; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Bluffton:

  • WGZR (106.9 FM; BLUFFTON, SC; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • WFXH-FM (106.1 FM; HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • WLOW (107.9 FM; PORT ROYAL, SC; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • WYKZ (98.7 FM; BEAUFORT, SC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WLFS (91.9 FM; PORT WENTWORTH, GA; Owner: RADIO TRAINING NETWORK, INC)
  • W218BX (91.5 FM; BLUFFTON, SC; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • WZAT (102.1 FM; SAVANNAH, GA; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WAEV (97.3 FM; SAVANNAH, GA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WQBT (94.1 FM; SAVANNAH, GA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WJZX (99.7 FM; HOLLYWOOD, SC; Owner: APEX BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WSVH (91.1 FM; SAVANNAH, GA; Owner: GEORGIA PUBLIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION)
  • WJCL-FM (96.5 FM; SAVANNAH, GA; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WIXV (95.5 FM; SAVANNAH, GA; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WEAS-FM (93.1 FM; SAVANNAH, GA; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WLXP (88.1 FM; SAVANNAH, GA; Owner: CHRISTIAN MULTIMEDIA NETWORK, INC.)
  • WSIS (103.9 FM; SPRINGFIELD, GA; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WWVV (104.9 FM; RIDGELAND, SC; Owner: MONTEREY LICENSES, LLC)
  • WJWJ-FM (89.9 FM; BEAUFORT, SC; Owner: SOUTH CAROLINA EDUCATIONAL TV COMMISSION)
  • WAGP (88.7 FM; BEAUFORT, SC; Owner: COMMUNITY BROADCASTING CORP. OF BEAUFORT, INC)
  • WGZO (103.1 FM; PARRIS ISLAND, SC; Owner: ZIP COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Bluffton:

  • W35AY (Channel 35; HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC; Owner: MYRON K. HINES)
  • WGSA-CA (Channel 50; SAVANNAH, GA; Owner: SOUTHERN TV CORPORATION)
  • W53BX (Channel 53; HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC; Owner: WHHI-TV, INC.)
  • WSAV-TV (Channel 3; SAVANNAH, GA; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WTOC-TV (Channel 11; SAVANNAH, GA; Owner: RAYCOM AMERICA, INC.)
  • WTGS (Channel 28; HARDEEVILLE, SC; Owner: BLUENOSE BROADCASTING OF SAVANNAH LLC)
  • WJCL (Channel 22; SAVANNAH, GA; Owner: PIEDMONT TELEVISION OF SAVANNAH LICENSE LLC)
  • W19CH (Channel 19; BEAUFORT, SC; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • W55AW (Channel 55; SAVANNAH, GA; Owner: CHANNEL AMERICA LPTV LIC. SUBSIDIARY)
  • WXSX-LP (Channel 13; SAVANNAH, GA; Owner: THE BOX WORLDWIDE LLC)
  • WJWJ-TV (Channel 16; BEAUFORT, SC; Owner: SOUTH CAROLINA EDUCATIONAL TV COMMISSION)
  • W57CT (Channel 57; SAVANNAH, GA; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • W32BJ (Channel 32; BEAUFORT, ETC., SC; Owner: SOUTHERN TV CORPORATION)
  • WVAN-TV (Channel 9; SAVANNAH, GA; Owner: GEORGIA PUBLIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION)
  • Bluffton, South Carolina
  • Fatal accident count13
  • Vehicles involved in fatal accidents21
  • Fatal accidents involving drunken persons:5
  • Fatalities16
  • Persons involved in fatal accidents31
  • Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents2
  • South Carolina average
  • Fatal accident count98
  • Vehicles involved in fatal accidents148
  • Fatal accidents involving drunken persons34
  • Fatalities107
  • Persons involved in fatal accidents252
  • Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents16
See more detailed statistics of Bluffton fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2014 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 2Number of bridges
  • 5m16ftTotal length
  • 2,825Total average daily traffic
  • 189Total average daily truck traffic
  • 3,616Total future (year 2033) average daily traffic
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Bluffton)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 97 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers: 5 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Bluffton, SC)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 25 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 10 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 4 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 149 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Bluffton)

FAA Registered Aircraft: 17 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Bluffton)

Drinking water stations with addresses in Bluffton and their reported violations in the past:

PALM KEY (2750031) (Population served: 128, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In NOV-2005, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif received (NOV-13-2005), St Public Notif requested (DEC-20-2005), St Violation/Reminder Notice (DEC-20-2005), St Compliance achieved (DEC-31-2005)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In OCT-01-2004, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JAN-04-2005), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JAN-04-2005), St Public Notif received (JUL-01-2005), St Compliance achieved (JAN-10-2006)
LAKEVIEW MHP (0760001) (Population served: 114, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In OCT-2013, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (DEC-04-2013), St Violation/Reminder Notice (DEC-04-2013), St Public Notif requested (DEC-04-2013), St Show-cause Hearing (DEC-20-2013), St Compliance achieved (FEB-05-2014), St Public Notif received (MAR-01-2014)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In SEP-2013, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (OCT-23-2013), St Violation/Reminder Notice (OCT-23-2013), St Formal NOV issued (DEC-04-2013), St Show-cause Hearing (DEC-20-2013), St Compliance achieved (FEB-05-2014), St Public Notif received (MAR-01-2014)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring, Source Water (GWR) - In OCT-01-2013, Contaminant: E. COLI. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (OCT-23-2013), St Violation/Reminder Notice (OCT-23-2013), St Formal NOV issued (DEC-04-2013), St Show-cause Hearing (DEC-20-2013), St Compliance achieved (FEB-05-2014)
  • Monitoring, Source Water (GWR) - In SEP-01-2013, Contaminant: E. COLI. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (OCT-01-2013), St Violation/Reminder Notice (OCT-01-2013), St Formal NOV issued (DEC-04-2013), St Show-cause Hearing (DEC-20-2013), St Compliance achieved (FEB-05-2014)
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In OCT-01-2005, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (DEC-14-2007), St Compliance achieved (JAN-01-2009)
  • One routine major monitoring violation
BEAUFORT MHP (0760016) (Population served: 107, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring, Source Water (GWR) - In AUG-01-2013, Contaminant: E. COLI. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (OCT-11-2013), St Violation/Reminder Notice (OCT-11-2013), St Compliance achieved (DEC-01-2013)
BREEZY KNOLL ASSOCIATION (Serves CT, Population served: 100, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 3 regular monitoring violations

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 132
  • Hazardous Condition: 53
  • Service Call: 5
  • Good Intent Call: 11

Incident types - Bluffton

See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Bluffton, SC

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Bluffton, South Carolina:

  • Comfort Suites, 23 Towne Dr, Bluffton, South Carolina 29910 , Phone: (843) 815-1700, Fax: (843) 815-1701
  • Candlewood Suites Bluffton, 5 Young Clyde Ct, Bluffton, South Carolina 29909 , Phone: (843) 705-9600, Fax: (843) 705-9601
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 35 Bluffton Rd, Bluffton, South Carolina 29910 , Phone: (866) 757-2002, Fax: (843) 757-2425
All 3 fire-safe hotels and motels in Bluffton, South Carolina
Most common first names in Bluffton, SC among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Robert5474.0 years
William5372.8 years
John5175.7 years
James4674.1 years
Mary3279.3 years
Joseph2473.2 years
George2478.3 years
Thomas2165.9 years
Richard2069.8 years
Margaret2079.0 years
Most common last names in Bluffton, SC among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith3170.9 years
Brown2875.8 years
Hamilton2669.7 years
Johnson2176.3 years
Mitchell1671.8 years
Pinckney1572.3 years
Bush1366.1 years
Frazier1373.1 years
Graves1177.7 years
Jenkins1167.4 years

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (85%)
  • Utility gas (14%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1%)
Businesses in Bluffton, SC
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1Kroger1
Advance Auto Parts1Lane Bryant1
American Eagle Outfitters1Levi Strauss & Co.1
Ann Taylor2Lowe's1
Ashley Furniture1Marriott1
BMW1MasterBrand Cabinets4
Banana Republic1McDonald's1
Bed Bath & Beyond1Motherhood Maternity1
Blockbuster1New Balance1
Brooks Brothers1Nike5
CVS1Old Navy1
Chick-Fil-A1Outback1
Chico's1Outback Steakhouse1
Circle K2Pac Sun1
Clarks1Papa John's Pizza1
Comfort Suites1Payless1
Cricket Wireless2PetSmart1
Curves1Pier 1 Imports1
DHL1Pizza Hut1
Dairy Queen1Publix Super Markets2
Domino's Pizza1Quiznos1
Eddie Bauer1Rue211
Ethan Allen1SONIC Drive-In1
Famous Footwear2Skechers USA1
FedEx8Soma Intimates1
Firestone Complete Auto Care1Sprint Nextel1
GNC1Staples1
Gymboree1Starbucks3
H&R Block2Suburban1
Havertys Furniture1Subway3
Hilton1Taco Bell1
Holiday Inn2Talbots1
Home Depot1Target1
Honda1Tire Kingdom1
IHOP1Toyota1
IZOD1U-Haul4
J.Crew1UPS8
Journeys1Vans1
Just Tires1Verizon Wireless1
Justice1Walgreens1
KFC1

Bluffton compared to South Carolina state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Median age below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students significantly above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.

Bluffton on our top lists:

  • #16 on the list of "Top 100 fastest growing cities from 2000 to 2014"
  • #85 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Sales and related occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #91 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the highest city-data.com crime index, excludes tourist destinations and others with a lot of outsiders visiting based on city industries data (population 5,000+)"
  • #94 on the list of "Top 100 cities with newest houses"
  • #18 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that exercised in the past month"
  • #20 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #21 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest average weight of females"
  • #39 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest decrease in the number of births per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop 50,000+)"
  • #41 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that drank alcohol in the past 30 days"
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