Beaufort, NC Fast Facts

Beaufort is a peninsula sitting behind Shackleford Banks, Beaufort Inlet and the Atlantic Ocean. To the west is the Newport River and Morehead City. To the east is North River thoroughfare, Harker’s Island and Core Banks.

“Named by Travel and Leisure as “America’s Favorite Town” among other accolades, Beaufort brings even more to the table than meets the eye. Dock your boat at a downtown marina and walk from one charming boutique to the next. Take in some history at the Beaufort Historic Site and NC Maritime Museum or drop your kayak in Taylor’s Creek. Then, relish in it all with cocktails and award-winning seafood overlooking the water at sunset. It’s no wonder so many people call Beaufort their home away from home.” H/T Crystal Coast Tourism

Beaufort recently was designated as “America’s Coolest Small Town” and “Best Yachting Town”.


The population of Beaufort, NC is 4039 people. The population density is 875 people per square mile.

The average age of a Beaufort resident is 45 years old with 40 percent of the residence married.

The town boundaries of Beaufort encompass a land area of 4.62 sq. miles and a water area of 1 sq. miles.


There are a total of 2963 housing units in Beaufort. 40 percent are owner occupied, 30 percent renter occupied and 28 percent vacant/unoccupied. The average home value is $257,000 with the median home value at $200,000. The average household size is 2 people with a household income of $60,000.


Over the course of a year, the temperature typically varies from 36 degrees to 85 degrees and is rarely below 26 degrees or above 89 degrees.

The annual high temperature average is 69 degrees while the annual average low is 55. There is a 60 percent chance of sunshine on any given day. Total annual rainfall amounts equal 56 inches. August and September are the wettest months. Annual average snowfall are trace amounts.

On average Beaufort has 94 precipitation days and 211 sunny days. The warmest month is July with average high temperatures at 87 degrees. The coldest month is January with average lows at 36 degrees.


“North Carolina’s third oldest town, Beaufort lies on the coast bordering the southern tip of the Outer Banks. Originally a fishing village and port of safety dating from the late 1600’s, Beaufort has been visited by patriots, privateers, merchants, and skilled craftsmen who built Bahamian and West Indian style homes and public buildings. Approximately 150 of these restored historic homes proudly bear plaques noting names of earliest known owners and dates of original construction.

The Plan of Beaufort Towne, laid out in 1713, survives in a 12-block area which today is on the National Register of Historic Places. Located in the heart of this historic district is the Beaufort Historic Site, which depicts 18th and 19th century coastal Carolina. The two-acre site is open to the public and is staffed six days a week year-round, and seven days a week from June through August.” H/T Beaufort Historic Site

To find out more about Beaufort and all of the Crystal Coast contact Margaret Hitchcock with Hitchcock Realty. Margaret is a Realtor with over 10 years’ experience representing buyers and sellers along the Crystal Coast. Call Margaret today at (252) 269-2893 to find your home, vacation property, land or condominium.

Beaufort, NC Fast Facts

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