Bluffton, South Carolina

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Population in 2019: 25,557 (80% urban, 20% rural).
Population change since 2000: +1904.5%
Males: 11,884  (46.5%)
Females: 13,673  (53.5%)
Median resident age:

38.9 years
South Carolina median age:

39.9 years

Zip codes: 29909, 29910, 29927.

Bluffton Zip Code Map
Estimated median household income in 2019: $89,417 (it was $43,281 in 2000)
Bluffton:

$89,417
SC:

$56,227

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $43,570 (it was $17,327 in 2000)

Bluffton town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $312,261 (it was $129,600 in 2000)
Bluffton:

$312,261
SC:

$179,800

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $440,513; detached houses: $506,501; townhouses or other attached units: $362,727; in 2-unit structures: $337,900; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $249,575; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $326,519; mobile homes: $52,598; occupied boats, rvs, vans, etc.: $75,277

Median gross rent in 2019: $1,728.

March 2019 cost of living index in Bluffton: 89.4 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 3.9%
(3.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 8.5% for Black residents, 2.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 10.9% for other race residents, 5.1% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Bluffton, SC (2019)
    • 15,54372.4%White alone
    • 3,61816.8%Hispanic
    • 1,4906.9%Black alone
    • 4652.2%Asian alone
    • 2251.0%Two or more races
    • 930.4%Other race alone
    • 540.3%American Indian alone
    • 60.03%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone

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



According to our research of South Carolina and other state lists, there were 2 registered sex offenders living in Bluffton, South Carolina as of May 10, 2021.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Bluffton is 8,089 to 1.
The ratio of registered sex offenders to all residents in this city is much lower than the state average.


Crime rates in Bluffton by year

Type

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(6.7)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(7.3)
1
(6.4)
2
(11.4)
0
(0.0)
1
(4.4)
1
(4.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
2
(84.1)
0
(0.0)
3
(68.4)
0
(0.0)
2
(13.4)
0
(0.0)
5
(38.9)
2
(15.3)
4
(29.1)
3
(19.1)
6
(34.3)
6
(30.0)
2
(8.9)
9
(36.3)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
7
(294.5)
10
(263.8)
16
(364.8)
13
(103.5)
6
(40.3)
4
(31.6)
15
(116.7)
13
(99.6)
9
(65.4)
6
(38.2)
5
(28.6)
5
(25.0)
5
(22.1)
10
(40.3)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
37
(1,557)
41
(1,082)
30
(684.0)
33
(262.8)
22
(147.7)
22
(173.6)
19
(147.8)
34
(260.6)
19
(138.1)
26
(165.7)
12
(68.6)
30
(149.8)
42
(186.0)
26
(104.8)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
80
(3,366)
52
(1,372)
66
(1,505)
60
(477.8)
72
(483.3)
60
(473.3)
72
(560.1)
61
(467.5)
79
(574.3)
65
(414.3)
39
(222.9)
33
(164.8)
25
(110.7)
35
(141.1)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
222
(9,340)
279
(7,360)
287
(6,544)
311
(2,477)
323
(2,168)
314
(2,477)
372
(2,894)
300
(2,299)
360
(2,617)
211
(1,345)
217
(1,240)
275
(1,373)
206
(912.4)
175
(705.3)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
21
(883.5)
17
(448.4)
13
(296.4)
22
(175.2)
21
(140.9)
16
(126.2)
17
(132.2)
18
(138.0)
22
(159.9)
16
(102.0)
11
(62.9)
22
(109.9)
21
(93.0)
10
(40.3)
Arson
(per 100,000)
6
(252.4)
4
(105.5)
5
(114.0)
4
(31.9)
4
(26.8)
0
(0.0)
4
(31.1)
4
(30.7)
3
(21.8)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(5.0)
1
(4.4)
3
(12.1)
City-Data.com crime index1146.8721.7691.7230.2197.6186.5261.2230.0242.7163.6142.8136.7111.5111.4

The City-Data.com crime index weighs serious crimes and violent crimes more heavily. Higher means more crime, U.S. average is 270.6. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

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City-data.com crime index in Bluffton, SC

Crime rate in Bluffton detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2019, including police officers: 57 (51 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.06
South Carolina average:

2.24
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Ancestries: American (14.2%), German (7.5%), Irish (7.3%), Italian (6.6%), English (5.4%), European (2.6%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated in 1852

Elevation: 25 feet

Land area: 34.0 square miles.

Population density: 752 people per square mile   (low).

Bluffton, South Carolina map

2,659 residents are foreign born (8.4% Latin America, 1.5% Europe).

This town:

12.4%
South Carolina:

5.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $1,965 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $1,875 (0.6%)

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 )

Latitude: 32.21 N, Longitude: 80.90 W

Area code: 843

Distribution of median household income in Bluffton, SC in 2019
Distribution of house value in Bluffton, SC in 2019
Bluffton satellite photo by USGS

Bluffton tourist attractions:

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
  • 2015: 810 buildings, average cost: $343,300
  • 2016: 891 buildings, average cost: $343,300
  • 2017: 1036 buildings, average cost: $343,300
  • 2018: 1167 buildings, average cost: $343,300
  • 2019: 1190 buildings, average cost: $343,300
Number of permits per 10,000 Bluffton, SC residents
Average permit cost in Bluffton, SC
Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

3.3%
South Carolina:

4.1%
Most common industries in Bluffton, SC (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Construction (24.8%)
  • Accommodation & food services (8.7%)
  • Educational services (4.9%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (4.5%)
  • Health care (4.1%)
  • Real estate & rental & leasing (4.1%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (3.9%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (39.9%)
  • Public administration (5.7%)
  • Accommodation & food services (5.2%)
  • Building material & garden equipment & supplies dealers (4.6%)
  • Wood products (4.6%)
  • Utilities (4.4%)
  • Repair & maintenance (4.4%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Accommodation & food services (12.7%)
  • Health care (8.6%)
  • Construction (7.8%)
  • Educational services (7.8%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (5.8%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (5.5%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (5.2%)
Most common occupations in Bluffton, SC (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Painters and paperhangers (6.3%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (5.6%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4.8%)
  • Carpenters (4.4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3.5%)
  • Woodworkers (3.1%)
  • Accountants and auditors (3.1%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Painters and paperhangers (11.9%)
  • Carpenters (8.2%)
  • Top executives (5.4%)
  • Supervisors, construction and extraction workers (5.2%)
  • Woodworkers (5.2%)
  • Construction laborers (4.6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4.4%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (9.5%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (7.8%)
  • Accountants and auditors (6.6%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6.1%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (4.3%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (4.3%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (3.7%)

Average climate in Bluffton, South Carolina

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Bluffton, South Carolina environmental map by EPA

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI SO2 Ozone PM10 PM2.5 Pb
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 58.3. This is better than average.

City:

58.3
U.S.:

74.2
Sulfur Dioxide Level

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2018 was 1.28. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 7.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

1.28
U.S.:

1.79
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 27.4. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 2.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

27.4
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2005 was 25.2. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 14.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

25.2
U.S.:

19.6
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 8.40. This is about average. Closest monitor was 16.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

8.40
U.S.:

8.46
Lead Level

Lead (Pb) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 0.00682. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 13.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.00682
U.S.:

0.00984

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 significantly above South Carolina state average. It is 49% 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 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 11/11/2002 at 23:39:29, a magnitude 4.0 (4.0 MB, Depth: 1.5 mi) earthquake occurred 57.7 miles away from the city center
On 8/9/2020 at 12:07:37, a magnitude 5.1 (5.1 MW, Depth: 4.7 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 295.1 miles away from Bluffton 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 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 (12) is smaller than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 3
Emergencies Declared: 6

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 7, Floods: 2, Storms: 2, Drought: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Other: 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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Points of interest:

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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

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
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

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

For population 15 years and over in Bluffton:

Marital status in Bluffton, SC
  • Never married: 30.0%
  • Now married: 57.9%
  • Separated: 1.4%
  • Widowed: 3.8%
  • Divorced: 6.9%

For population 25 years and over in Bluffton:

  • High school or higher: 94.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 45.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 17.7%
  • Unemployed: 6.7%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 23.0 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

10.2
South Carolina average:

11.4

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2019
Means of transportation to work in 2019 - Bluffton
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Religion statistics for Bluffton, SC (based on Beaufort County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant24,00276
Catholic16,1175
Mainline Protestant15,10226
Other2,76916
Black Protestant2,73216
Orthodox1401
None101,371-
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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 2017)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Police Protection - Officers 50$246,714$59,2110$0
Other Government Administration 22$125,366$68,3811$516
Other and Unallocable 14$76,997$65,9971$788
Financial Administration 11$54,553$59,5122$2,742
Natural Resources 6$28,429$56,8580$0
Police - Other 5$19,271$46,2506$6,858
Streets and Highways 4$17,008$51,0240$0
Judicial and Legal 3$12,965$51,8600$0
Housing and Community Development (Local) 1$3,468$41,6160$0
Totals for Government 116$584,771$60,49410$10,904

Bluffton government finances - Expenditure in 2018 (per resident):

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $4,575,000 ($179.01)
    Sewerage: $802,000 ($31.38)
    Parks and Recreation: $464,000 ($18.16)
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $5,797,000 ($226.83)
    Central Staff Services: $3,039,000 ($118.91)
    General - Other: $1,861,000 ($72.82)
    General Public Buildings: $1,027,000 ($40.18)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $884,000 ($34.59)
    Housing and Community Development: $877,000 ($34.32)
    Sewerage: $741,000 ($28.99)
    Financial Administration: $736,000 ($28.80)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $326,000 ($12.76)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $603,000 ($23.59)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Central Staff Services: $3,115,000 ($121.88)
    Police Protection: $39,000 ($1.53)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $7,906,000 ($309.35)

Bluffton government finances - Revenue in 2018 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $1,351,000 ($52.86)
    Other: $926,000 ($36.23)
    Parks and Recreation: $57,000 ($2.23)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $435,000 ($17.02)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $506,000 ($19.80)
  • Miscellaneous - Fines and Forfeits: $282,000 ($11.03)
    Special Assessments: $221,000 ($8.65)
    General Revenue - Other: $139,000 ($5.44)
    Rents: $71,000 ($2.78)
    Donations From Private Sources: $67,000 ($2.62)
    Interest Earnings: $40,000 ($1.57)
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $441,000 ($17.26)
    General Local Government Support: $284,000 ($11.11)
    Housing and Community Development: $7,000 ($0.27)
  • Tax - Property: $7,667,000 ($300.00)
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $4,360,000 ($170.60)
    Other Selective Sales: $3,186,000 ($124.66)
    Other License: $2,786,000 ($109.01)
    Public Utility License: $2,370,000 ($92.73)
    Alcoholic Beverage License: $82,000 ($3.21)

Bluffton government finances - Debt in 2018 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $15,078,000 ($589.98)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $13,726,000 ($537.07)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,944,000 ($76.07)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $592,000 ($23.16)

Bluffton government finances - Cash and Securities in 2018 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $27,118,000 ($1061.08)

9.83% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($99,794 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.83%
South Carolina average:

7.95%

0.18% of residents moved from foreign countries ($893 average AGI)
Beaufort County:

0.18%
South Carolina average:

0.07%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Jasper County, SC  0.52% ($53,335 average AGI)
from Chatham County, GA  0.29% ($64,385)
from San Diego County, CA  0.20% ($56,688)


8.17% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($58,175 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.17%
South Carolina average:

6.98%

0.19% of residents moved to foreign countries ($1,008 average AGI)
Beaufort County:

0.19%
South Carolina average:

0.07%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Jasper County, SC  0.53% ($46,131 average AGI)
to Charleston County, SC  0.29% ($48,000)
to Chatham County, GA  0.28% ($37,611)
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

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 count41
  • Vehicles involved in fatal accidents68
  • Fatal accidents involving drunk persons:17
  • Fatalities45
  • Persons involved in fatal accidents95
  • Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents7
  • South Carolina average
  • Fatal accident count16657
  • Vehicles involved in fatal accidents24578
  • Fatal accidents involving drunk persons6542
  • Fatalities18168
  • Persons involved in fatal accidents39121
  • Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents2558
See more detailed statistics of Bluffton fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2019 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 9Number of bridges
  • 187ft / 56.8mTotal length
  • 98,435Total average daily traffic
  • 6,149Total average daily truck traffic
  • 120,065Total future (year 2037) 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: 113 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Bluffton, SC)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 5 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 29 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 14 (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: 198 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Bluffton)

FAA Registered Aircraft: 51 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Bluffton)

2004 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year According to the data from the years 2004 - 2018 the average number of fire incidents per year is 109. The highest number of reported fire incidents - 163 took place in 2016, and the least - 0 in 2007. The data has a dropping trend.
    Fire incident types in Bluffton, SC When looking into fire subcategories, the most reports belonged to: Outside Fires (52.5%), and Structure Fires (30.8%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Bluffton, SC
    • 85552.5%Outside Fires
    • 50230.8%Structure Fires
    • 25415.6%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 181.1%Other
See full 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
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Bluffton, SC
  • 72.6%Electricity
  • 26.3%Utility gas
  • 0.5%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.2%Wood
  • 0.2%Solar energy
  • 0.1%Other fuel
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Bluffton, SC
  • 92.9%Electricity
  • 5.1%Utility gas
  • 1.1%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.9%No fuel used


Bluffton compared to South Carolina state average:

  • Median household income above state average.
  • Median house value above state average.
  • Unemployed percentage 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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