Introduction to Beaufort, South Carolina

Beaufort, South Carolina, in Beaufort county, is 34 miles NE of Savannah, Georgia (center to center) and 156 miles N of Jacksonville, Florida. The city has a population of approximately 12,950.

Beaufort History

Before the white settlers arrived, the region was inhabited by small Native American tribes including the Yemasee, Coosaw, Coosawhatchie, Edisto, Ashepoo, Kiowa (Kiawah), Datha (Dataw), and Combahee tribes. The Spanish were the first Europeans to explore and establish a colony and Beaufort was chartered in 1711 as the second major settlement in South Carolina. It was named in honor of Henry Somerset, 2nd Duke of Beaufort.

Beaufort and Nearby Attractions

  • Historic Beaufort Foundation
  • Beaufort Arsenal Museum
  • Hunting Island State Park
  • John Mark Verdier House
  • Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
  • Edisto Island Serpentarium

Things To Do In Beaufort

Among popular attractions near Beaufort are the South Carolina Aquarium, Cypress Gardens, and Edisto Island Serpentarium. There are several museums located near Beaufort including Tybee Island Light Station, Davenport House Museum, Roundhouse Railroad Museum, and Telfair Museum of Art. A trip may be planned to places of historic interest, such as Fort McAllister State Historic Park, Fort Pulaski National Monument, Wormsloe State Historic Site, and Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Recreational opportunities for activities like camping, boating, fishing, hiking, and picnicking are available at Lake Warren State Park, Hunting Island State Park, and Edisto Beach State Park.

Beaufort Transportation

Flights are available from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.

Beaufort Higher Education

University of South Carolina and Technical College of the Lowcountry are located in Beaufort. Other colleges nearby include Savannah State University and Armstrong Atlantic State University.


Total Population 12,839
Male Share of the Population 49.2%
Female Share of the Population 50.8%
Senior Citizens 14.5%
Employed Population 16+ 6,111
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 47.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 37%
Median Earnings25+ $30,110
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $12,386
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,078


Median Family Income $55,244
% Above Poverty Level 79.3%
% Below Poverty Level 20.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 4.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.9%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 27.4%
Median Gross Rent $805
Median House Value $241,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 46.5%
US/American 0.1%
English 10.7%
Irish 9.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Beaufort Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 34 miles NE of Savannah, Georgia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 156 miles N of Jacksonville, Florida
County Beaufort
Standard Zip Codes 29902, 29906, 29907
P.O. Box Zip Codes 29901, 29903, 29904, 29905
Phone Area Codes 843
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.431
Longitude -80.67

Beaufort Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 2.8 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 58 F
Apr Temp 54 to 75 F
Jul Temp 74 to 90 F
Oct Temp 58 to 76 F
Annual Precip 49.7 inches
Distance 15.6 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 58 F
Apr Temp 53 to 74 F
Jul Temp 73 to 88 F
Oct Temp 57 to 76 F
Annual Precip 52.5 inches
Distance 20.3 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 61 F
Apr Temp 50 to 79 F
Jul Temp 69 to 93 F
Oct Temp 52 to 79 F
Annual Precip 52.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Beaufort, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Burton Branch (29902, 29906)

Ladies Island (29907)

Ladys Island (29907)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bluffton 14,607 $66,276
Edisto Beach 600 $93,125
Hilton Head Island 39,071 $85,051
Port Royal 11,513 $51,305
Ridgeland 4,030 $38,262
Yemassee 893 $57,750

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Beaufort Public Libraries

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Beaufort Hospitals

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(843) 522-5200
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 17.9

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Student/teacher ratio: 15.5

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