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.
Beaufort is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 85.11% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Beaufort is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Beaufort who work in food service (17.21%), management occupations (13.67%), and sales jobs (10.90%).
Because there are quite a few people attending college in Beaufort, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, Beaufort provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.
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.
Residents of the town have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 17.45 minutes getting to work every day.
The overall education level of Beaufort is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 25.13% of adults 25 and older in the town have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Beaufort in 2010 was $22,334, which is middle income relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $89,336 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 32.02% 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 Italian.
The most common language spoken in Beaufort is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.