Beaufort is a very small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 4,212 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Beaufort is the 195th largest community in North Carolina.
Beaufort real estate is some of the most expensive in North Carolina, although Beaufort house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Beaufort is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Beaufort is a town of service providers, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Beaufort who work in food service (19.91%), management occupations (15.72%), and sales jobs (10.60%).
Beaufort is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
The education level of Beaufort citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 22.97% of adults in Beaufort have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Beaufort in 2010 was $22,285, which is middle income relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $89,140 for a family of four. However, Beaufort contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Beaufort also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 35.52% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Beaufort is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Beaufort home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Beaufort residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Beaufort include Irish, German, Scottish, and French .
The most common language spoken in Beaufort is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.