In the town of Beaufort, population 4,039, approximately 91% of the residents are employed. A majority of the population commutes an average of 22 minutes to the workplace. The main occupations are in carpentry, professional and sales positions, with service occupations coming in a significant second. The leading industries of the area are tourism related, with arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services leading and retail services a close second. Also, educational, health and social services is also a very popular industry for the area. The median household income is about $33,000 with the median value of housing at $252,782. About 20% of the population is employed by the government .