Reason To Live In Bluffton, SC

The city of Bluffton, South Carolina has boomed in the last 20 or so years. The population grew by almost 30,000 between the year 2000 to 2021. What could possibly be the reason? 

The one square mile of what is now called Old Town was previously about all there was to this sleepy little fishing village. Located just over a bridge from its popular neighbor, Hilton Head, family-friendly communities began popping up, causing Bluffton’s first population boom. Old Town is now at the center of not only family-friendly areas, but luxury communities, retirement areas, and tons of other incredible amenities. 

Looking for a reason to move to Bluffton, South Carolina? Here are the top 5 reasons to live here (in no particular order):

1. Fantastic Weather

The weather in Bluffton is generally very mild. The average temperature hovers around 76 degrees, which is very enticing. The winters are cooler, with January being the coldest month, but the average high is still in the upper 50’s and the average low reaches around the mid-40’s. 

July is usually the hottest month, with averages in the lower 90’s and mid-70’s. It has been known to reach over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, especially with the humidity, but with beaches and waterfront access, it is easy to find ways to cool down.

Snow is a very rare occurrence in Bluffton, seeing as the average temperature in the coldest month of the year rarely stays in the 30’s. Bluffton is in a hurricane zone, but being situated on a bluff and with lots of marshland around, the floodwater has somewhere to go and unless you own beachfront property, your home should be fairly protected. 

So if you’re looking for a fairly mild place (temperature-wise) to live year round, Bluffton, South Carolina is a beautiful choice.

2. Thriving Culture

With a median age 20 years younger than that of nearby Hilton Head Island, Bluffton has a thriving cultural life. Known for its art and eclectic culture, Bluffton also has an abundance of amenities, activities, dining and shopping available in multiple distinct areas of the town. 

Hosting more than three dozen festivals annually, Bluffton likes to show off its cultural vibe with style. Mayfest, also referred to as the Bluffton Village Festival, is the main event of the year. For more than 40 years, Mayfest has hosted events such as a pie eating contest, an ugly dog contest, and a derby hat parade. You’ll also need to bring your dancing shoes as the main stage will feature multiple local entertainment. Also featuring artists and food vendors, Mayfest has free admission and is fun for the whole family.

Designated as a cultural district by South Carolina, Bluffton has been recognized for the culture and art in the community. Boasting more than 120 cultural attractions including a farmers’ market, art galleries, and boutique shops, you’ll be hard pressed to run out of artistic options to explore.

3. Abundant Amenities

If you love the outdoors, Bluffton is an excellent place to live. With those mild temperatures year-round, you’ll be able to enjoy some of the country’s best golf courses, relax on one of a handful of local beaches (Alljoy Beach and Brighton Beach are small beaches along the May River and offer a public boat launch, but without direct access to the ocean. You may find that Hilton Head Island has more traditional beach options), explore the waterways via kayak, enjoy a bike ride on paved pathways, play tennis among other outdoor activities, or go fishing with a friend (or alone, if you prefer the peace and quiet). Bluffton has been a destination for relaxation for decades.

If the outdoors aren’t your style, one of the many cultural attractions can keep you indoors, but definitely not bored. From art galleries and boutique shops to 5-star restaurants, there is definitely something for everyone around Bluffton. 

4. Close Proximity

Not only does Bluffton have easy access to Hilton Head Island, it is just a short drive from Savannah, Georgia and just a bit further to Charleston, South Carolina. All of these locations offer even larger job pools, not to mention more cultural opportunities.

Hilton Head Island has beautiful beaches and is a major tourist hub, which means seasonally, it is hopping. While Hilton Head may offer more of an attraction for beaches, its higher median age, higher cost of living, and busyness during the tourist season makes Bluffton an ideal choice for living nearby in a quieter town and still having all the perks. 

Savannah, Georgia is only about a 30-45 minute drive from Bluffton, depending on traffic. If you’re looking for more of a thriving nightlife, Savannah may be a great option. A beautiful coastal town with tons of history, Savannah is a great destination for day trips or evening getaways.

5. Safe and Affordable

In comparison to nearby Hilton Head, Bluffton is a much more affordable community to live in. With a higher median income than average in the United States, the average home cost in Bluffton is only slightly higher than the country’s average, but much lower than Hilton Head Island, which is understandable with Hilton Head being a tourist destination and coastal town. 

Home to many family communities as well as luxury, gated, or retirement communities, Bluffton is a fairly safe place to live. The crime rate is 50% below the national average and the schools are rated highly as well. 

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