Beaufort County NC Information


Beaufort County Subdivisions

Beaufort County NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2023)


Total Population 43,912 (100%)
Population in Households 43,483 (99.0%)
Population in Families 35,382 (80.6%)
Population in Group Quarters1 429 ( 1.0%)
Population Density 53
Diversity Index2 58


Median Household Income $53,044
Average Household Income $74,247
% of Income for Mortgage4 21%
Per Capita Income $32,544
Wealth Index5 63
Socioeconomic Status Index6 Moderate (46.6)


Total HU (Housing Units) 24,045 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 13,552 (56.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,684 (23.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,809 (20.0%)
Median Home Value $183,980
Average Home Value $236,987
Housing Affordability Index3 119


Total Households 19,236
Average Household Size 2.26
Family Households 12,550
Average Family Size 3.00
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.
  6. The Socioeconomic Index ranges from zero (lowest relative status) to 100 (highest relative status). This measure quantifies disparities in social position of an area's inhabitants and is built from a broad range of demographic, housing, and socioeconomic inputs. More information on this measure can be found in Esri's SEI tutorial.


2020-2023 2023-2028
Population -0.51% -0.38%
Households -0.31% -0.17%
Families   -0.25%
Median Household Income   2.20%
Per Capita Income   2.87%
Owner Occupied HU   0.09%


Beaufort County NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Beaufort County to the other 100 counties and county equivalents in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2023 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 57 44th
Population Density # 80 22nd
Median Household Income # 56 45th
Housing Affordability Index # 58 58th
Per Capita Income # 39 62nd
Diversity Index # 48 53rd

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