A historic yet affordable coastal town that accentuates the simple luxuries in life.

Overview for Beaufort, SC

12,899 people live in Beaufort, where the median age is 34.9 and the average individual income is $36,534. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

34.9 years

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Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


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Beaufort Real Estate

A historic yet affordable coastal town that accentuates the simple luxuries in life

Welcome to Beaufort

Welcome to the sun-soaked shores of the gorgeous Palmetto State. The city’s landscape is laid out almost like a miniature archipelago with a series of small islands that segment the region’s lush marshlands and sprawling beaches. The most prominent of these islands include Hunting Island, Lady’s Island, Fripp Island, along with St. Helena, Port Royal, Harbor, and Parris Islands. The city is beautifully interwoven, converging each island's natural and economic aspects into a cohesive slice of paradise.
Beaufort had to come from somewhere, and its origin story is rather interesting. Beaufort was established in 1711 and became the second town to be founded in South Carolina. As the town’s population size began to grow, rice and indigo plantations moved in alongside a variety of other businesses. This is only barely scratching the surface of Beaufort’s rich history. If you’re still feeling intrigued to learn more about South Carolina’s coastline, museums like the Beaufort History Museum can further delight your curiosity.

What to Love


Local Lifestyle - Living in Beaufort 

The people here are as welcoming as those incredible sunrises are seen emerging over the Atlantic. Today, the city hosts over 13,000 friendly faces, and it consistently serves as the perfect backdrop for this population’s many memories. So, whether you’re spending an afternoon experiencing the art found at the Thibault Gallery or digging into a fresh batch of the season’s bounty at the Shrimp Festival, Beaufort is sure to ensure you always feel right at home.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping in Beaufort 

No city is complete without its food. For some of you, this might be an essential factor when deciding where to set up shop or set a course when planning a vacation to your next summer home. Beaufort's various cuisines can be illustrated as vibrant and fresh. Up first, I couldn’t go without mentioning Breakwater and their thoughtful curation of southern dishes and wines. Perhaps instead, you’d love a day out at Plums with a friend for delicious seafood and live musical performances. Similarly, staying on the topic of seafood, there’s the Saltus River Grill for a subtle, fine dining experience with a focus on artfully crafted dishes.
Then for those craving something from across the pond along the shores of Italy, Hearth Pizza boasts a menu that combines a variety of tasty pizzas with traditional Italian cuisine. Lastly, Blacksheep rounds out this shortlist with its internationally inspired meals and desserts to fall in love with. It doesn’t have to stop there; the farmers' markets found along Calhoun Street will let you bring the bold flavors of Beaufort home for a cookout. Of course, that’s only but a taste of the skillfully prepared feasts found in Beaufort.

Things to Do in Beaufort 

For one, there are the ever-fascinating pieces on display throughout the Parris Island Museum for visitors to admire with their friends and families. Then, if you’re one with a passion for history, the Hunting Island Lighthouse regularly offers tours where you can imagine living the life of an often-underappreciated lighthouse keeper missing their bed back home.
How about a day out with the whole family at Lemon Island? It’s a wonderful spot for a hike. Connecting with nature beneath shimmering, vibrant skies. For a change of pace, if you or a family member is looking to pursue a career in the military, the nearby Parris Island Marine Corp training facility is an amazing spot to do so without even needing to journey far. There’s so much to enjoy here in Beaufort; the bustling Bay Street is great for those who love browsing shops and perusing around without a care in the world.

Schools in Beaufort 

The local Beaufort County School District is full of flourishing students and talented educators that are each well-prepared to continue broadening the horizons of the city’s many upcoming generations. A few of the region's lovely schools can be seen here below.

Demographics and Employment Data for Beaufort, SC

Beaufort has 5,005 households, with an average household size of 2.31. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Beaufort do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 12,899 people call Beaufort home. The population density is 527.9 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population


Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


Median Age

47.96 / 52.04%

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Schools in Beaufort, SC

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The following schools are within or nearby Beaufort. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
School rating
Mossy Oaks Elementary
PreK - 5th
Holy Trinity Classical Christian School
PreK - 10th
No rating available
St Peters Catholic School
PreK - 6th
No rating available
Lady's Island Middle
6th - 8th
9th - 12th
Beaufort Elementary
PreK - 5th
6th - 8th
Bridges Preparatory School
K - 12th

Around Beaufort, SC

There's plenty to do around Beaufort, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Somewhat Bikeable
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Olive The Above, Tout Sweet Macarons, and Bistro Ten.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining · $$ 2.59 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.92 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 4.01 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.14 miles 8 reviews 4.9/5 stars
Dining 2.11 miles 30 reviews 4.9/5 stars
Dining · $ 1.37 miles 13 reviews 4.8/5 stars

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