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.

Unlike some cities, Beaufort isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Beaufort are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Beaufort is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Beaufort who work in sales jobs (14.32%), management occupations (12.56%), and office and administrative support (12.18%).

There are many members of the armed forces living in Beaufort. You will notice when you visit or live here that some of the people you meet or see around town are employed by the armed services - even if they are not always in uniform.

One of the nice things about Beaufort is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

One of the benefits of Beaufort is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 19.15 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

Being a small city, Beaufort does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

The education level of Beaufort citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 39.36% of adults in Beaufort have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Beaufort in 2010 was $26,350, which is wealthy relative to South Carolina, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $105,400 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. Beaufort also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.24% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Beaufort include English, Irish, Italian, and Dutch.

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