Overview

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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population13,336
Male Share of the Population48%
Female Share of the Population52%
Senior Citizens16%
Employed Population 16+6,288
Age of the Population35

Families

% of people married44.5%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher27.8%
Median Earnings25+$34,172
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$17,143
Median Earnings With High School Degree$21,954

Wealth

Median Family Income$60,615
% Above Poverty Level79.2%
% Below Poverty Level20.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time15 minutes
% Working from Home6.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.6%
% Using Public Transportation0.3%

Housing

People Living Alone29.1%
Median Gross Rent$945
Median House Value$205,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)38.5%
German14.6%
Irish11.4%
English10.6%
Italian7.2%
Polish4.1%
French Except Basque3.2%
Dutch2.7%
African2.5%
Scottish2%
West Indian1.8%
Jamaican0.8%
Hungarian0.8%
Ukrainian0.8%
Welsh0.5%
Swedish0.4%
Belizean0.3%
Russian0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Norwegian0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Greek0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Belgian0.1%
US/American0.1%
Australian0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
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Beaufort Almanac

CategoryValue
County Beaufort County
Standard Zip Codes29902, 29906, 29907
P.O. Box Zip Codes29904, 29901, 29903, 29905
Phone Area Codes843
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude32.33
Approximate Longitude-80.68

Beaufort Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationBEAUFORT WWTP
Distance2.8 miles
Jan Temp39 to 58 F
Apr Temp54 to 75 F
Jul Temp74 to 90 F
Oct Temp58 to 76 F
Annual Precip49.7 inches
StationHILTON HEAD
Distance15.6 miles
Jan Temp37 to 58 F
Apr Temp53 to 74 F
Jul Temp73 to 88 F
Oct Temp57 to 76 F
Annual Precip52.5 inches
StationYEMASSEE
Distance20.3 miles
Jan Temp36 to 61 F
Apr Temp50 to 79 F
Jul Temp69 to 93 F
Oct Temp52 to 79 F
Annual Precip52.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bluffton18,835$83,077
Edisto Beach574$93,571
Hilton Head Island39,820$98,855
Port Royal12,446$48,903
Ridgeland3,948$31,267
Yemassee985$60,714

Beaufort Public Libraries

Beaufort County Library
311 SCOTT STREET
Beaufort, South Carolina
(843) 255-6430

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Beaufort Hospitals

Naval Hospital Beaufort
(Government - Federal)
1 Pinckney Blvd
Beaufort Memorial Hospital
(Government - Local)
955 Ribaut Rd
(843) 522-5200

Beaufort Public Schools

Bridges Preparatory
1100 Boundary Street
ZIP: 29901
(843) 982-7737
Primary
Total Enrollment 437
Lowcountry Montessori School
15 Celadon Drive
ZIP: 29901
(843) 322-0577
Other
Total Enrollment 248
Beaufort Middle
2501 Mossy Oaks Boulevard
ZIP: 29902
(843) 322-5665
Middle
Total Enrollment 558
Mossy Oaks Elementary
2510 Mossy Oaks Boulevard
ZIP: 29902
(843) 322-2951
Primary
Total Enrollment 403
Battery Creek High
1 Blue Dolphin Drive
ZIP: 29906
(843) 322-5545
High
Total Enrollment 832
Beaufort Elementary
1800 Prince Street
ZIP: 29906
(843) 322-2679
Primary
Total Enrollment 537
Broad River Elementary
474 Broad River Road
ZIP: 29906
(843) 322-8410
Primary
Total Enrollment 528
Charles F Bolden Elementary/middle
2 Albacore St.
ZIP: 29906
(843) 846-9283
Joseph S. Shanklin Elementary
121 Morrall Drive
ZIP: 29906
(843) 466-3461
Primary
Total Enrollment 481
Middleton S. Elliott Elementary School
345 Elliott Dr
ZIP: 29906
(912) 408-3380
Riverview Charter School
81 Savannah Highway
ZIP: 29906
(843) 379-0133
Primary
Total Enrollment 532
Robert E. Galer Elementary School
221 E. Cardinal Lane
ZIP: 29906
(912) 369-6691
Robert Smalls International Academy
43 W. K. Alston Drive
ZIP: 29906
(843) 322-2535
Primary
Total Enrollment 751
Robert Smalls Middle
43 W. K. Alston Boulevard
ZIP: 29906
(843) 322-2535
Beaufort High
84 Sea Island Parkway
ZIP: 29907
(843) 322-2110
High
Total Enrollment 1365
Coosa Elementary
45 Middle Road
ZIP: 29907
(843) 322-6146
Primary
Total Enrollment 477
Lady's Island Elementary
73 Chowan Creek Bluff
ZIP: 29907
(843) 322-2292
Primary
Total Enrollment 330
Lady's Island Middle
30 Cougar Drive
ZIP: 29907
(843) 322-3167
Middle
Total Enrollment 541

Beaufort Private Schools

Beaufort Christian School
378 Parris Island Gtwy
ZIP: 29906
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 85
Beaufort Academy
240 Sams Point Rd
ZIP: 29907
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 245
Ec Montessori & Grade School
15 Celadon Dr
ZIP: 29907
Elementary
Total Enrollment 44
St Peters Catholic School
70 Ladys Island Dr
ZIP: 29907
Elementary
Total Enrollment 147
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