Beaufort, NC

Beaufort, situated in Carteret County, is a small town made up of only 1 square mile...

2018 Best Guide to Beaufort, NC

June 6, 2018

Beaufort, the third-oldest town in North Carolina, is the county seat of Carteret County. It is home to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research, Duke University Marine Laboratory, and the North Carolina Maritime Museum.

Blackbeard the pirate beached his ship, the "Queen Anne's Revenge", close to modern day Beaufort Inlet in 1718. The ship is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1750, about three Spanish merchant ships ran aground in a hurricane. One of them being the "El Salvador" which sank close to Cape Lookout.

Beaufort, North Carolina was established in 1709.


The median resident age in Beaufort is 40 years. The median estimated household income is about $28,000 making it about $17,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $20,000. The average price for a home in Beaufort is about $187,000 (2013) which is $32,000 more than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $600 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Beaufort is 67% White, 24% Black, 5% Hispanic, and 4% two or more races. 83% of the population are high school graduates, with 24% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 39% are married, 18% are divorced, 3% are separated, 7% are widowed, leaving 33% that have never been married.

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Carteret County

Beaufort belongs to Carteret County in the south-eastern part of North Carolina. The County, named for Sir George Carteret or his heir John Carteret, is part of the Morehead City Micropolitan Statistical Area. Carteret County has a population of 67,000 and it's county seat Beaufort has a population of 4,000.

Carteret County, NC served as battleground for the War of Jenkin's Ear against Spanish pirates, and the Battle of Brandywine (Revolutionary War). Currently the Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue is located in Carteret and consists of 875 acres of land.

Carteret County borders Pamlico, Craven, Onslow, Hyde, and Jones counties. The third biggest county in North Carolina, Carteret is made up of 1341 square miles. 506 of which is land with the remaining 834 as water.


The Population of Beaufort, NC is about 520.


The elevation of Beaufort, NC is 10 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Beaufort, NC is 28516.

Area Code

The area code for Beaufort, NC is 252


Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Beaufort and Carteret County have voted mostly Republican, with 70% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 56% of the population are religiously unaffiliated (Nones). About 40% are protestants with Catholics making around 4%.


The unemployment rate for Beaufort is around 5% (2015), making it the same as the state average of around 5%. Manufacturing, accommodation/food, and retail make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Beaufort Observer and The Carteret County News-Times are the primary newspapers that cover the Carteret County area.