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2.27% growth
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Median Household Income
3.82% growth
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Number of Employees
2.79% growth
Median Property Value
0.62% decline

About the photo: Sunset over The Battery and a row of Palmetto Trees, Charleston, South Carolina.


The economy of Beaufort County, SC employs 72,457 people. The economy of Beaufort County, SC is specialized in Arts, Entertainment, Recreation; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; and Admin., Support, Waste Management Services, which employ respectively 1.87; 1.75; and 1.74 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Beaufort County, SC are Retail trade (9,534), Accommodation & Food Service (8,914), and Healthcare & Social Assistance (8,896), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($83,000), Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction ($53,750), and Professional, Scientific, Tech Services ($50,383).

Median household income in Beaufort County, SC is $59,227. Males in Beaufort County, SC have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $43,208. The income inequality of Beaufort County, SC (measured using the Gini index) is 0.48 which is lower than the national average.


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Health & Safety

Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Beaufort County, SC. In Beaufort County, SC the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 65-74 and 65-74, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 71 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $8,384. Jasper County, SC has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in South Carolina.


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Beaufort County, SC is home to a population of 175,316 people, from which 94.1% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Beaufort County, SC is composed of 117,777 White residents (67.2%), 31,877 Black residents (18.2%), 19,775 Hispanic residents (11.3%), 3,189 Two+ residents (1.82%), and 2,102 Asian residents (1.2%). The most common foreign languages in Beaufort County, SC are Spanish (15,341 speakers), German (634 speakers), and French (633 speakers), but compared to other places, Beaufort County, SC has a relative high number of Hungarian (89 speakers), Other Indo-European (437 speakers), and Hebrew (173 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Beaufort County, SC awarded 796 degrees. The student population of Beaufort County, SC is skewed towards females, with 295 male students and 501 female students. Most students in Beaufort County, SC are White (478 and 60.1%), followed by Black or African American (232 and 29.1%), Hispanic or Latino (57 and 7.16%), and Two or more races (7 and 0.88%). The largest universities in Beaufort County, SC by number of graduates are Technical College of the Lowcountry (529 and 66.5%), University of South Carolina-Beaufort (267 and 33.5%), and N/A (N/A and N/A). The most popular majors in Beaufort County, SC are General Business Administration & Management (61 and 7.66%), General Hospitality Management (42 and 5.28%), and General Psychology (31 and 3.89%). The median tuition costs in Beaufort County, SC are N/A for private four year colleges, and $9,780 and $20,244 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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The median property value in Beaufort County, SC is $273,000, which is 1.33 times larger than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value decreased from $274,700 to $273,000, a 0.62% increase. The homeownership rate of Beaufort County, SC is 70.5%, which is higher than the national average of 63.6%. People in Beaufort County, SC have an average commute time of 20.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Beaufort County, SC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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