Beaufort County has a bustling economy, and remains a strong center for manufacturing ranging from world class power boats to automobile bodies. In addition, Beaufort county is home to major mining operations, near Aurora, that are responsible for production of a large amount of the phosphoric acid commonly used in soft drinks and other beverages.
Over 25% of the industry in Beaufort County is engaged in manufacturing activities, making job opportunities lucrative for a wide range of potential employees. The surrounding counties are home to other manufacturing, including biomedical, textile, paper, and lumber plants as well as the state of the art medical facilities located in nearby Pitt County.
Tourism is rapidly growing as families and retirees discover the natural beauty and luxury of the Beaufort County waterfront. With multiple boat access and a scenic waterway view, downtown Washington, North Carolina offers a great site for tourism in the heart of Beaufort County.
The Pamlico River provides a scenic crossway to the county, giving residents and visitors the chance to explore boating, kayaking, fishing, and other recreational activities along the creeks and streams connected to the Pamlico River. It is difficult to estimate revenues from growing recreational and tourist influx to Beaufort County, but it is certain that these factors play a vital role in maintaining the Beaufort County economy and contributing to the community's way of life.