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Bluffton, Indiana - Basic Facts

The City of Bluffton had a population of 9,899 as of July 1, 2017. Bluffton ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Indiana. See peer rankings below.

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, 2017.

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Bluffton, IN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 9,899
Daytime Population: Workers 8,343
Daytime Population: Residents 5,215
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 13,558
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.37
Population in Households 9,612
Population in Familes 7,489
Population in Group Qrtrs 287
Population Density2 1,204
Diversity Index3 20


Median Household Income $41,959
Average Household Income $55,884
Per Capita Income $23,853


Total Housing Units 4,606 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,686 (58.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,458 (31.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 462 (10.0%)
Median Home Value $94,501
Average Home Value $125,754


Total Households 4,144
Average Household Size 2.32
Family Households 2,562
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.0% 0.18%
Households 0.11% 0.25%
Families -0.12% 0.08%
Median Household Income   1.4%
Per Capita Income   2.52%

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, 2017 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 Density # 383 44th
Diversity Index # 160 77th
Median Household Income # 526 23rd
Per Capita Income # 341 50th

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