Beaufort, South Carolina, was founded in 1711 on Port Royal Island, at the heart of the Sea Islands in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Renowned for maintaining its traditional Southern charm, the city is a favorite of vacationers and residents who flock to the area.
Beaufort, the second-oldest city in South Carolina, has earned a reputation as a welcoming, friendly community that is rich in history.
Living in Beaufort South Carolina
Beaufort, South Carolina is a Southern coastal town designated as a National Historic Landmark district. Beaufort real estate buyers have many housing options to choose from, including charming older historic homes in beautiful waterfront settings to newer homes built in the suburbs. Beaufort is filled with Southern charm and modern amenities. Many of the streets in Beaufort end with waterfront views.
The Beaufort real estate market is holding steady. The average home price of a single family home is currently $269,000. The median new Beaufort home for sale price is $235,900 and the median foreclosure price is $132,230.
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Schools in Beaufort South Carolina
Below are schools in the Beaufort area. You can compare these schools or view the map to the right for individual school locations and contact information.
- Beaufort Elementary School
- Whale Branch Elementary
- Ladys Island Middle School
- Whale Branch Middle
- University of South Carolina
- Beaufort Middle School
- Coosa Elementary School
- Whale Branch High School
- Beaufort High School
- Mossy Oaks Elementary School
- Port Royal Elementary School
- St. Peters Catholic School
- Battery Creek High School
Beaufort South Carolina History
The city of Beaufort, South Carolina boasts a long, rich history. The region was first settled as a French colony after it was founded by Jean Ribaut in 1562. The area in and around Beaufort, South Carolina later became the first Scottish settlement in what is today the United States in 1682, only to be destroyed by Spanish forces in 1684.
Beaufort, South Carolina is the second-oldest city in South Carolina, behind Charleston. The Treaty of Beaufort setting the boundary between South Carolina and Georgia was signed in the city in 1787.
Beaufort is also a center for the Gullah culture and language. St. Helena Island, which is considered one of the last strongholds of the Gullah people who are direct descendents of West African slaves, sits just a few miles from Beaufort, South Carolina.
Today, Beaufort has a substantial Marine Corps presence and is home to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort and Naval Hospital – Beaufort.
Historic Forts in Beaufort:
- Fort Beauregard
Location: Bay Point (North-South War Fort)
- Fort Charles
Location: Parris Island (A French Fort)
- Fort Frederick
Location: Port Royal (A Colonial Fort)
- Fort Fremont
Location: Land’s End on St. Helena Island (A Spanish-American Fort)
- Fort Lyttleton
Location: Beaufort (A Pre-Revolutionary Fort)
- Fort Marion
Location: Spanish Point in Beaufort (A Post Revolutionary Fort)
- Fort San Felipe
Location: Parris Island (A Spanish Fort)
- Fort San Marcos
Location: Parris Island (A Spanish Fort)
Historical Points of Interest
- Heyward House Historic Center – (843) 757-6293
- The John Mark Verdier House – (843) 379-6335
- The Parris Island Museum – (843) 228-2951
- Penn Center Historic District – (843) 838-2432
Beaufort South Carolina, Demographics
As of the 2000 United States Census, the population of Beaufort, South Carolina was 12,950 people, with 4,598 households and 3,034 families. The population density of the city was 695.7 people per square mile.
The racial makeup of Beaufort, South Carolina was 46.41% White, 59.14% African American, 0.32% Native American, 1.07% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 1.98% from other races, and 1.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race comprised 4.39% of the population.
The age of Beaufort, South Carolina residents was spread out, with 21.6% under the age of 18, 19.5% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 17.8% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 114.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 117.6 males.
The median income for a Beaufort, South Carolina household was $36,532, and the median income for a family was $42,894. Males had a median income of $22,465 versus $23,474 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,501. About 11.5% of families and 13.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.3% of those under age 18 and 11.1% of those ages 65 or over.