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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    B+
Beaufort is a town in South Carolina with a population of 13,336. Beaufort is in Beaufort County. Living in Beaufort offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many families and young professionals live in Beaufort and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Beaufort are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$205,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$945
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    46%
  • Own
    54%
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Beaufort Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    409.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    7.2
    6.1
  • Rape
    35.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    129.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    560.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,477
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    136.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    15%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    12%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    9%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    14%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    35%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    24%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%

Working in Beaufort

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$49,583
National
$55,322
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You can read detailed reviews of Beaufort in many Southern mags or ones like USNews and World Report. All are positive; however, given the predicted sea rise levels, storm surge areas, and greater frequency of hurricanes for this area ( the county is half water, half land!), I will sell my house sometime in the next three years for cooler areas in the SE, higher ground. Also, as a diehard Southerner the area has attracted too many somewhat well-to-do and difficult to satisfy (overly critical about everything) NE, Midwest and lately even CA! transplants imo. They are slowly changing the culture here and not necessarily for the better! These transplants tend to drive up prices for everything incl services and even my black friends are concerned and not happy about it. The town is desperately trying to build more affordable housing thank God. The public schools struggle as well.
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I am currently enrolled at Beaufort High School as a senior. I have been living in Beaufort for over 13 years and absolutely love it! You can go basically anywhere in the town and see a view that will last a lifetime. The downtown area, while small, is great to grab a bite to eat and hangout. This town attracts a great amount of tourism due to its history and proximity to the beach. One downside to Beaufort would be the size. Beaufort it a small town with not too much to do. Another downside to Beaufort would be the public school system. I have been through this system and these schools have no care in the world about their students. But other than that Beaufort is pretty good.
Beaufort is a small little town that is slowly growing. Whether you're downtown or out on the barrier island beaches at Hunting Island, it feels like you are always on vacation. There are plenty of public school access no matter where you choose to live in town. The nightlife is amazing, especially if you spend it out on the waterfront. The first Friday of every month a local street is blocked off where all the downtown restaurants and shops are located. Shoppers can then walk up and down trying any sales and specials they have going on. There are plenty of places to live down here in Beaufort. From waterfront to land owning, we have it all. Not only is it family friendly with all the local parks and trails to ride but there is even a brand new glow in the dark mini gold course that juts opened up. And don't even worry about traveling hours to get from place to place. It is truly a wonderful town to visit and even live in.