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Beaufort County, North Carolina
Map

Location in the state of North Carolina
Map of the USA highlighting North Carolina
North Carolina's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1739
Seat Washington
Largest City Washington
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

958 sq mi (2,481 km²)
827 sq mi (2,142 km²)
131 sq mi (339 km²), 14%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

47,759
58/sq mi (22/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.co.beaufort.nc.us
Named for: Henry, Duke of Beaufort

Beaufort County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 47,759. Its county seat is Washington. The county was founded in 1705 as Pamptecough Precinct. Originally included in Bath County, it was renamed Beaufort Precinct in 1712 and became Beaufort County in 1739.

Beaufort County comprises the Washington, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Greenville-Washington, NC Combined Statistical Area.

History

Beaufort County was first called Pamptecough. The name was changed about 1712 to Beaufort, named for Henry Somerset-Scudamore, 3rd Duke of Beaufort, who became one of Carolina's Lords Proprietor around 1709.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 958 square miles (2,480 km2), of which 827 square miles (2,140 km2) is land and 131 square miles (340 km2) (14%) is water. It is the fifth-largest county in North Carolina by total area.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • US 17
  • US 264
  • NC 32
  • NC 33
  • NC 45
  • NC 92
  • NC 99
  • NC 102
  • NC 171
  • NC 306

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 5,405
1800 6,242 15.5%
1810 7,203 15.4%
1820 9,850 36.7%
1830 10,969 11.4%
1840 12,225 11.5%
1850 13,816 13.0%
1860 14,766 6.9%
1870 13,011 −11.9%
1880 17,474 34.3%
1890 21,072 20.6%
1900 26,404 25.3%
1910 30,877 16.9%
1920 31,024 0.5%
1930 35,026 12.9%
1940 36,431 4.0%
1950 37,134 1.9%
1960 36,014 −3.0%
1970 35,980 −0.1%
1980 40,355 12.2%
1990 42,283 4.8%
2000 44,958 6.3%
2010 47,759 6.2%
Est. 2015 47,651 −0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 44,958 people, 18,319 households, and 12,951 families residing in the county. The population density was 54 people per square mile (21/km²). There were 22,139 housing units at an average density of 27 per square mile (10/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 68.44% White, 29.03% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.42% from other races, and 0.71% from two or more races. 3.24% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 18,319 households out of which 28.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.60% were married couples living together, 13.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.30% were non-families. 25.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.40% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 26.10% from 25 to 44, 26.90% from 45 to 64, and 15.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 91.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,066, and the median income for a family was $37,893. Males had a median income of $30,483 versus $21,339 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,722. About 15.20% of families and 19.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.60% of those under age 18 and 19.30% of those age 65 or over.

As of 2010 the largest self-reported ancestry groups in Beaufort County, North Carolina were:

  • English - 14.4%
  • "American" - 11.9%
  • German - 6.6%
  • Irish - 6.0%
  • Scottish - 2.5%
  • French - 1.6%
  • Italian - 1.5%

Communities

City

Map of Beaufort County North Carolina With Municipal and Township Labels
Map of Beaufort County, North Carolina With Municipal and Township Labels

Towns

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities

Population ranking

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Beaufort County.

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2010 Census)
1 Washington City 9,744
2 River Road CDP 4,394
3 Belhaven Town 1,688
4 Chocowinity Town 820
5 Aurora Town 520
6 Washington Park Town 451
7 Bayview CDP 346
8 Bath Town 249
9 Pantego Town 179
10 Pinetown CDP 155

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