Beaufort, SC
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Beaufort is a somewhat small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of South Carolina. With a population of 13,306 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Beaufort is the 37th largest community in South Carolina.

Beaufort real estate is some of the most expensive in South Carolina, although Beaufort house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Beaufort is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Beaufort is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Beaufort who work in management occupations (13.10%), sales jobs (11.86%), and office and administrative support (11.56%).

There are quite a few people in the armed forces living in Beaufort, and when you visit or drive around town, you will see military people in and out of uniform, shopping, enjoying life, and being part of the community.

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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Beaufort spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.78 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

As is often the case in a small city, Beaufort doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

The education level of Beaufort citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 37.01% of adults in Beaufort have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Beaufort in 2010 was $24,912, which is upper middle income relative to South Carolina, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $99,648 for a family of four. However, Beaufort contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Beaufort is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. 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 English, Irish, Italian, and French .

The most common language spoken in Beaufort is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and West Germanic languages.