About Beaufort County, SC

Nestled between Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia - Beaufort County is rich with history, culture and outdoor beauty. Beaufort County is composed of hundreds of barrier and sea islands and its warm climate, pristine beaches, vibrant Gullah traditions and true southern hospitality welcome visitors from all over the world throughout the year. Beaufort County is home to the famous Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot and the internationally known luxury resort of Hilton Head Island. Gorgeous private islands, abundant waterways and nature preserves embellish the landscape. Vast expanses of marshlands and lush maritime forests create spectacular scenic vistas and rich habitat for egrets, herons, pelicans, dolphins and other wildlife species.

Vision Statement

Beaufort County will continue to be one of the most desirable places in the United States to live, work, and enjoy a sense of community in a culturally diverse coastal setting.

Mission Statement

Beaufort County government exists to serve the people of Beaufort County in a cost-effective manner, so all our citizens may enjoy and appreciate a protected quality of life, natural and developed resources in a coastal environment, a diverse heritage, and economic well-being.

Heritage By The Sea

Beaufort County has 44 different departments, each with a different mission. Included under the County umbrella are departments such as the Airports, Animal Shelter and Control, the Assessor, County Council, the Courts, the Detention Center, Emergency Management, Finance, Libraries, Mosquito Control, Parks and Leisure Services, Public Works, Solid Waste and Recycling, Veterans Affairs and Zoning, among many others.

The departments are broken down into seven sections on the Website – Administration, Public Service, Public Safety, Technology, Libraries and Education, Legal and Courts and Transportation. This differs from the organizational structure(Chart).

Beaufort County History