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  • Bluffton… a Way of Life AND a State of Mind!

    Welcome to Bluffton, where many not only say Bluffton is a way of life but will also tell you that Bluffton is a state of mind!

    Both ways, you'll find that Bluffton- with its historic past, its quiet peaceful atmosphere, its breath-taking river bluff and estuary, and its healthy climate- will continue to charm you. We invite you to adopt the Bluffton State of Mind and explore all that Bluffton has to offer.

    Bluffton… More than a Gateway to Hilton Head Island

    In the early 1800s, our town was first known as "May River".  Later, it was "Kirk's Bluff" until 1853 when the town of "Bluffton" became chartered. The name "Bluffton" came about as a compromise between the Kirk and Pope families and refers to the high banks on which the town stands.

    Bluffton has quickly evolved from its original one-square mile town, centered around Calhoun Street, which many today refer to as "Old Town Bluffton". Our little town now includes almost 53 square miles size.  As a result of this rapid development, Bluffton has evolved into the premier economic driving force in the region, featuring a high quality educational system from grade school to higher education, as well as our unique diverse culture and lifestyle.

    We’re historic, too! On July 31, 1844 an estimated 500 people gathered around a now famous oak tree (The Secession Oak) to hear Robert Barnwell Rhett's speech to encourage the South to secede from the Union, triggering what is now known as the “Bluffton Movement”. The Succession Oak is located on private property near the Stock Farm development on Highway 46.

    Shopping and Dining… Something for Everyone

    As you walk Bluffton’s friendly streets, you’ll appreciate Bluffton’s eclectic blend of colorful and creative art galleries, get a taste of our town’s history and enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in charming settings.

    Bluffton restaurants truly offer diverse fare. Whether you’re in the mood for gourmet cuisine, fresh seafood or casual pub fare, you’ll find it all in Bluffton. Bluffton’s dining scene has grown dramatically in recent years, offering a fresh taste of Lowcountry living at its finest.

    You’ll find shopping for bargains in a modern setting at Bluffton's two Factory Outlet malls. You’ll also find many other brand name shopping establishments and “unique boutiques” located throughout the town. Don’t miss historic Old Town Bluffton near the May River for some of the most unique shopping and dining in our area.

    Parks, Recreation & Leisure… More Something for Everyone

    Bluffton is home to wonderful parks with many different recreational activities.  Whether you’re looking for a relaxing bench with cool river breezes or the excitement of a skate park or baseball game, you’ll love our wonderful parks. Bluffton parks and amenities include:
    Buckwalter Recreation Center
    (843)255-6710
    905 Buckwalter Parkway
    Bluffton, SC 29910 
    Buckwalter Soccer Complex
    (843)255-6710
    905 Buckwalter Parkway
    Bluffton, SC 29910
     
    Bluffton Gym
    (843)255-6770
    61A Ulmer Road Bluffton, SC 29910
    Monday - Friday, 2:30PM - 6:00PM
    Bluffton Indoor Pool
    (843)706-2285
    55 Prichard Street Bluffton, SC 29910
     
    Oscar J. Frazier Park
    10 Recreation Court Bluffton, SC 29910
     
    Oyster Factory Park
    63 Wharf Street Bluffton, SC 29910
     
    Pinckney Colony Preserve 
    Pinckney Colony Road & Highway 278
    Bluffton, SC 29910
    Nature Trail
    Buckwalter Trail
    Buckwalter Place, Bluffton SC
    Nature Trail
     
    DuBois Park
    Boundary St.
    Bluffton, SC 29910
     
    New River Trailhead Park
    3829 Okatie Highway
    Bluffton, SC 29910

    Demographic & Economic Statistics for the Region in Comparison

    Population Statistics Bluffton Hilton Head Beaufort Beaufort County Overall
    Population 15,199 40,039 13,130 175,852
    % Male 49.5% 50.8% 50.5% 49.4%
    % Female 50.5% 49.2% 49.4% 50.6%
    Median Age 33.8 53.7 35.1 40.0
    Average Household Income $59,835 $69,536 $50,529 $57,122
    Cost of Living Index (U.S Average is 100) 89.6 94.7 88.6 91.4
    Average Home Value $208,720 $431,805 $243,619 $265,600
    Average Construction Cost $365,000 $588,085 $329,700 $384,100
    Average Rent $1,260 $988 $800 $885
    Property Tax % $1,545 $1,950 $1,400 $1,541

     

    Common Industries

    Construction: 17%
    Retail trade: 13%
    Accommodation/restaurant: 13%
    Public administration: 9%
    Administrative: 7%
    Manufacturing: 6%

    Type of workers

    Private wage/salary: 72%
    Government: 9%
    Self-employed, not incorporated: 19%

    Bluffton compared to South Carolina state average:

    • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
    • Bluffton had the largest population growth in South Carolina from the 2010 census.
    • 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.

     

    * For more information please contact the Chamber office at 843-757-1010 or email info@blufftonchamberofcommerce.org

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