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CITY GUIDE 2021: Bluffton - SMALL TOWN BIG REPUTATION

Bluffton is booming. The town has grown from one square mile when it was first incorporated to 54 square miles today. The town’s development exploded, bringing business and families to the Lowcountry — and it gave Bluffton its own identity.

The growth continues and makes Bluffton one of the prime destinations in the South.

There are shopping centers along U.S. 278, schools and athletic fields along McCracken Circle and dining and entertainment keep Calhoun Street and the Promenade vibrant.

The restaurants offer an eclectic mix of options, from fresh seafood to pub fare. The town serves some of the freshest dishes in the Lowcountry. Old Town is still the place to explore. A unique spot for a variety of experiences, Old Town features artisan shops, art galleries and fantastic eateries.

Old Town also includes the pre-Civil War Church of the Cross and the antebellum Heyward House.

Bluffton’s reputation is growing with its population. Consider some of its recent accolades: Safest city in South Carolina; Best city to raise a family in South Carolina; and ranked among the South’s best small towns.

The town is known for its iconic Bluffton Oyster Company, one of the last operating oyster factories on the East Coast and Palmetto Bluff, a community that boasts five-star Montage Palmetto Bluff and protected wilderness overlooking the May River.

Even though Bluffton is growing, it is still a small town, with a neighborly feel. You’ll know your neighbors. You’ll enjoy their company and enjoy peace of mind.

Living in Bluffton means living in great weather, and there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy. Parks host festivals, events, and public gatherings in every season.

During the summer, weekends are often spent at the May River sandbar, enjoying a picnic at Oyster Factory Park or kayaking.

Bluffton has big shopping, dining and entertainment with a smalltown feel. The town has year-round adventures and award-winning accommodations.

The Bluffton state of mind is real, and we love it. 

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BY THE NUMBERS

POPULATION
27,716

SQUARE MILES
54.65

BUSINESSES
3,325

AGE
Median Age: 37.5
Over 65: 15.7%

RACE
White: 81.5%
Black: 7.4%
Hispanic: 16.8%
Asian: 2.1%

INCOME
Per Capita: $38,778
Median household: $82,481
Below poverty level: 3.9%

EDUCATION
High school diploma: 94.7%
College degree: 45.8%

HOUSING
Median Rent: $1,747
Median Home Value: $290,800

NEW BUILDING PERMITS
Residential (Jan. 1-June 30 2021): 495
Residential (Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2020): 749
Commercial (Jan. 1-June 30, 2021): 19
Commercial (Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2020): 15

Sources: U.S. Census, town of Bluffton, DataUSA
(Median Age)

 

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