Beaufort County, South Carolina

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Beaufort County, South Carolina
Seal of Beaufort County, South Carolina
Seal
Map of South Carolina highlighting Beaufort County
Location in the state of South Carolina
Map of the United States highlighting South Carolina
South Carolina's location in the U.S.
Founded 1769
Seat Beaufort
Largest city Hilton Head Island
Area
 • Total 923 sq mi (2,391 km2)
 • Land 587 sq mi (1,520 km2)
 • Water 336 sq mi (870 km2), 36.41%
Population
 • (2013) 171,838
 • Density 276/sq mi (106.7/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.bcgov.net

Beaufort County is a county in the U.S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2010 census, its population was 162,233.[1] Its county seat is Beaufort.[2]

Beaufort (/ˈbjuːfərt/ BEW-fərt) County is one of the South's fastest-growing counties,[citation needed] primarily because of development south of the Broad River clustered along the U.S. Highway 278 corridor. The northern portions of the county have also grown steadily, due in part to the strong military presence around the city of Beaufort. As defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort Metropolitan Statistical Area comprises Beaufort and Jasper counties. Beaufort County's population is over 70% urban.

The two portions of the county are physically connected via the Broad River Bridge, which carries South Carolina Highway 170. Despite the connectivity, often the "north of Broad" and "south of Broad" populations of the county find each other at odds over county-wide issues dealing with growth management.[citation needed]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 923.4 square miles (2,391.6 km2), of which 576.3 square miles (1,492.6 km2) is land and 347.1 square miles (899.0 km2) (37.6%) is water.[3]

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected areas[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 18,753
1800 20,428 8.9%
1810 25,887 26.7%
1820 32,199 24.4%
1830 37,032 15.0%
1840 35,794 −3.3%
1850 38,805 8.4%
1860 40,053 3.2%
1870 34,359 −14.2%
1880 30,176 −12.2%
1890 34,119 13.1%
1900 35,495 4.0%
1910 30,355 −14.5%
1920 22,269 −26.6%
1930 21,815 −2.0%
1940 22,037 1.0%
1950 26,993 22.5%
1960 44,187 63.7%
1970 51,136 15.7%
1980 65,364 27.8%
1990 86,425 32.2%
2000 120,937 39.9%
2010 162,233 34.1%
Est. 2013 171,838 5.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 120,937 people, 45,532 households, and 33,056 families residing in the county. The population density was 206 people per square mile (80/km²). There were 60,509 housing units at an average density of 103 per square mile (40/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 70.66% White, 23.98% Black or African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.79% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 2.84% from other races, and 1.41% from two or more races. 6.79% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 45,532 households out of which 30.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.20% were married couples living together, 11.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.40% were non-families. 21.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.30% under the age of 18, 12.00% from 18 to 24, 27.20% from 25 to 44, 22.10% from 45 to 64, and 15.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 102.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $46,992, and the median income for a family was $52,704. Males had a median income of $30,541 versus $25,284 for females. The per capita income for the county was $25,377. About 8.00% of families and 10.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.40% of those under age 18 and 6.70% of those age 65 or over.

Beaufort County is included within the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort Metropolitan Statistical Area. The 2012 estimated population for the MSA was 193,882.[6]

Communities[edit]

Cities and towns[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Named islands[edit]

Some islands are also towns.

Notable people[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  6. ^ "List of United States primary statistical areas". Retrieved 2013-03-29. 
  7. ^ [1] Accessed May 24, 2008.

Further reading[edit]

  • Lawrence S. Rowland; "The History of Beaufort County, South Carolina"; 1996, University of South Carolina Press, ISBN 1-57003-090-1.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 32°21′N 80°41′W / 32.35°N 80.69°W / 32.35; -80.69