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Bluffton, Indiana - Basic Facts

The City of Bluffton had a population of 9,847 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Bluffton is located at latitude 40.7435 and longitude -85.1721 in Wells County. The formal boundaries for the City of Bluffton (see map below) encompass a land area of 8.22 sq. miles and a water area of 0.13 sq. miles. Wells County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 827 feet.

The City of Bluffton (GNIS ID: 2394209) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Bluffton is located within Township of Lancaster, a minor civil division (MCD) of Wells County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Bluffton population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Bluffton, IN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 9,847
Population in Households 9,560
Population in Familes 7,465
Population in Group Qrtrs 287
Population Density1 1,197
Diversity Index2 18


Total Households 4,132
Average Household Size 2.31
Family Households 2,570
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 4,578 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,675 (58.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,457 (31.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 446 ( 9.7%)
Median Home Value $92,448
Average Home Value $120,064


Median Household Income $40,912
Average Household Income $53,131
Per Capita Income $22,773
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.08% 0.1%
Households 0.08% 0.22%
Families -0.09% 0.09%
Median Household Income   1.75%
Per Capita Income   1.76%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Bluffton, IN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Bluffton to the other 680 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Indiana by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 82 88th
Population Density1 # 386 43rd
Diversity Index2 # 173 74th
Median Household Income # 518 24th
Per Capita Income # 347 49th

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