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Beaufort, South Carolina
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Welcome to Beaufort ...

The city of Beaufort is located in Beaufort County<1> and is the County Seat for Beaufort County.

The pronunciation of Beaufort: BYOO-fort<2>

When the people of Beaufort refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Beaufortian<3>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Beaufort has a population of 13,217 people<4> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Beaufort.

Beaufort is near sea level<5>.

Time Zone: Beaufort lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Beaufort is within the boundaries of the (843) area code.

The ZIP codes for Beaufort: 29901-29907<6>

Websites for Beaufort ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Beaufort had an population of 13,217 people. This is an increase of 6.93% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 2.06% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Beaufort had a population of 12,361 people (which is 7.62% of the total population of Beaufort County). This makes Beaufort the county's 3rd most populous community.

The population of Beaufort represents 0.27% of the total population of South Carolina (which has 4,625,364 people), making it the state's 32nd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 12,361 people, the population of Beaufort decreased 4.55% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 12,950 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Beaufort.

Communities Also Named Beaufort ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are two South Carolina communities named Beaufort: This one is located in Beaufort County and the other is located in Lancaster County.

Beyond South Carolina, there are 7 communities that are also named Beaufort - they are located in Michigan, Missouri, New Brunswick, New Jersey, North Carolina and Quebec.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Beaufort.

Communities near Beaufort ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Beaufort.

  • Hilton Head Island [Beaufort County]
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    • Hilton Head Island [Beaufort County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<7> to the south of Beaufort
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 39,619 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hilton Head Island
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hilton Head Island<8>
  • Bluffton [Beaufort County]
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    • Bluffton [Beaufort County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<7> to the southwest of Beaufort
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 28,230 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bluffton
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bluffton<8>
  • Ridgeland [Jasper County]
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    • Ridgeland [Jasper County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<7> to the west of Beaufort
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,868 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ridgeland
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ridgeland<8>
  • Battery Marina Village [Beaufort County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Battery Marina Village
    • Battery Marina Village [Beaufort County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<7> to the southwest of Beaufort
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Battery Marina Village have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Battery Marina Village
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Shell Point [Beaufort County]
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      • Shell Point [Beaufort County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<7> to the southwest of Beaufort
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Shell Point have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shell Point
    • Laurel Bay [Beaufort County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Laurel Bay
      • Laurel Bay [Beaufort County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<7> to the west of Beaufort
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Laurel Bay
    • Dale [Beaufort County]
    • Lobeco [Beaufort County]
    • Seabrook [Beaufort County]
    • Sheldon [Beaufort County]

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Beaufort. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Beaufort.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Beaufort. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Beaufort.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Beaufort. Our list includes 20 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Beaufort.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Beaufort ...

Looking for more information about Beaufort? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Beaufort, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Beaufort.

Adding Beaufort to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Beaufort in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Beaufort was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Beaufort on a map titled Rand McNally Map of South Carolina (1911).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Beaufort on our Genealogy Page.

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The official website for State of South Carolina:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of South Carolina's counties, including Beaufort, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The pronunciation we've provided is our attempt to give a phonetic pronunciation for Beaufort. While it might not be exactly right, hopefully it will be close. If we have it wrong or there's a better way to pronounce the name, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
<3>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Beaufort refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Beaufort may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<4>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Beaufort.
<5>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Beaufort - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<6>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Beaufort). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Beaufort or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Beaufort includes: 29901, 29902, 29903, 29904, 29905, 29906 & 29907.
<7>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Beaufort) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Beaufort. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from BeaufortOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Beaufort. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.4397, Longitude: -80.6784    
<8>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<9>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






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