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Beaufort County Courthouse
Location within the U.S. state of North Carolina
North Carolina's location within the U.S.
|Named for||Henry, Duke of Beaufort|
|• Total||958 sq mi (2,480 km2)|
|• Land||827 sq mi (2,140 km2)|
|• Water||131 sq mi (340 km2) 14%%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||53.8/sq mi (20.8/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
Beaufort County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2020 Census, the population was 44,652. 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 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.
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.
- Washington County (northeast)
- Hyde County (east)
- Pamlico County (southeast)
- Craven County (southwest)
- Pitt County (west)
- Martin County (northwest)
- US 17
- US 264
- NC 32
- NC 33
- NC 45
- NC 92
- NC 99
- NC 102
- NC 171
- NC 306
|U.S. Decennial Census
Beaufort County comprises the Washington, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Greenville-Washington, NC Combined Statistical Area.
|Black or African American (non-Hispanic)||10,195||22.83%|
|Hispanic or Latino||3,433||7.69%|
As of the 2020 United States census, there were 44,652 people, 19,701 households, and 12,638 families residing in the county.
- Washington (county seat)
Other unincorporated communities
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)|
Beaufort County Schools is the local public school system.
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