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The 2000 Census showed that Beaufort County had a population of 120,937 people. This represented 3.01% of the total population of South Carolina, making it the state's 12th most populous county (out of 46 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Beaufort had a population of 155,215 people. This is an increase of 28.34% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010162,233+34.15%+4.52% since 2009
2009155,215+28.34%+2.01% since 2008
2008152,164+25.82%+2.83% since 2007
2007147,970+22.35%+2.62% since 2006
2006144,190+19.23%+3.39% since 2005
2005139,458+15.31%+3.36% since 2004
2004134,926+11.57%+2.99% since 2003
2003131,014+8.33%+1.92% since 2002
2002128,547+6.29%+3.01% since 2001
2001124,794+3.19%+3.19% since 2000
2000120,937The Last Census

Beaufort County had 60,509 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Beaufort County has a total area<3> of 922 square miles [2,390 km²]. Of this total, 586 square miles [1,519 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (36.41%) being water (336 square miles [870 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Beaufort County had a population density of 206.1 people per square mile [79.6 people/km²], making it the state's 9th most densely populated county (out of 46 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Beaufort County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Beaufort and the state of South Carolina.

Click here for the Beaufort County QuickFact (QF-45013).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Beaufort County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Hilton Head IslandQF-453404534,24933,8621.14%

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Beaufort County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
ColletonQF-45029   N39,24638,2642.57%
HamptonQF-45049   NW21,01421,386-1.74%
JasperQF-45053   W23,22120,67812.3%

The Atlantic Ocean lies to the east.

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Beaufort. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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