Retire in Bluffton

Best Retirement City - Bluffton

See why many believe that Bluffton is the best city to retire

For years, Bluffton SC was an unknown small town on the outskirts of Hilton Head Island. Recently, however, South Carolina natives and out of town retirees alike have been drawn to the area due to its temperate climate, accessibility to the ocean and unparalleled golf. Bluffton's direct Intercostal Waterway access makes for a boaters paradise, as well as for the availability of fresh, local seafood on most menus. As a Bluffton local said it best, "Be careful though, if you stay for a weekend, you might decide to stay for good. Don’t say we didn’t warn you." For future retirees, a major draw of Bluffton is an active adult community called Sun City, which is home to over 14,000 residents. The community spans over 5,000 acres, and includes golf courses, fitness centers, pools, walking trails, and much more. Residents who have recently relocated to the area find the variety of social activities to be a great way to meet new members of the community. Click on the above tabs to learn even more about what it's like to retire in Bluffton.

City Highlights

  1. Easy access to Hilton Head beach and golf
  2. Tax friendly
  3. Mild winters
  4. Small town feel
  5. Intercostal Waterway access

Potential Drawbacks

  1. Lacks big-city amenities
  2. Hurricane and earthquake risk

At a glance



Median age:


Median Household Income:

$ 60,038

Nearest City with Population of 200k+:

Jacksonville, FL

Population Growth Last 3 Years




Age Breakdown (%)

  • 55 and under
  • 55 to 64 years
  • 65 to 74 years
  • Over 75

Gender breakdown over 65 years (%)

  • Men
  • Women


Closest Airport:

Hilton Head Airport

Distance to Closest Airport:


Closest Major Airport:

Savannah International Airport

Distance to Closest Major Airport:


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