Beaufort County, South Carolina
|Beaufort County, South Carolina|
Location in the state of South Carolina
South Carolina's location in the U.S.
|Largest city||Hilton Head Island|
|• Total||923 sq mi (2,391 km2)|
|• Land||587 sq mi (1,520 km2)|
|• Water||336 sq mi (870 km2), 36.41%|
|• Density||276/sq mi (106.7/km²)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Beaufort (// BEW-fərt) County is one of the South's fastest-growing counties, 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, oftentimes 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.
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.
- Colleton County, South Carolina - north
- Jasper County, South Carolina - west
- Hampton County, South Carolina - northwest
||Hampton County||Colleton County|
|Jasper County||Atlantic Ocean|
National protected areas
- Ernest F. Hollings ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge (part)
- Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge
As of the census 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.
Cities and towns
Some islands are also towns.
- Robert Smalls, politician
- Pat Conroy, author
- Joe Frazier, boxer
- Candice Glover, American Idol Season 12 winner
- Bob Inglis, politician
- Greg Jones, football player
- James Saxon, football player
- Duncan Sheik, musician
- Wayne Simmons, football player
- Stan Smith, tennis player
- D. J. Trahan, golfer
- Kathryn R. Wall, American author of mystery novels
In popular culture
- "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 22, 2013.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved November 22, 2013.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
- "List of United States primary statistical areas". Retrieved 2013-03-29.
-  Accessed May 24, 2008.
- Lawrence S. Rowland; "The History of Beaufort County, South Carolina"; 1996, University of South Carolina Press, ISBN 1-57003-090-1.
- Beaufort County official website
- History and Nature of Beaufort County, South Carolina – Beaufort County Library
- Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce
- Hilton Head - Bluffton Chamber of Commerce
- Beaufort County Information Page, from SCIway.net
- Beaufort County Library
- Arts Council of Beaufort County
- The Beaufort Gazette - Daily newspaper circulating primarily "north of the Broad"
- The Island Packet - Daily newspaper circulating primarily "south of the Broad"