Port Royal, South Carolina

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Port Royal is a town in Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 3,950 at the 2000 census. Largely because of annexation of surrounding areas (including Parris Island), the population of the Port Royal town limits has more than doubled since 2000 (estimated 2004 pop.: 9,188). As defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, Port Royal is included within the Beaufort Urban Cluster and the larger Hilton Head IslandBeaufort Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Frenchman Jean Ribault explored the Port Royal Sound waterways and harbours in 1562, and founded the short-lived settlement of Charlesfort there. The area later became the site of a Spanish and still later Scottish colony during the 17th century. In 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation was first read at Christmas under the Proclamation tree in Port Royal. Port Royal hosts the Soft Shell Crab Festival every year in late April during the short soft shell crab season.

The famous hurricane scene from Forrest Gump was filmed in the town's dock area.



Port Royal is located at 32°23′12″N 80°42′18″W / 32.38667°N 80.705°W / 32.38667; -80.705 (32.386572, -80.705007)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 5.2 square miles (13.4 km²), of which, 3.9 square miles (10.0 km²) of it is land and 1.3 square miles (3.3 km²) of it (24.95%) is water.

Port Royal, SC was the site of the Naval Battle of Port Royal during the Civil War. Later during the war, it was the site of the Port Royal Experiment, which included most of the Sea Islands in Union hands.

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As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,950 people, 1,660 households, and 1,010 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,017.3 people per square mile (393.1/km²). There were 1,792 housing units at an average density of 461.5/sq mi (178.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 64.18% White, 29.16% African American, 0.46% Native American, 1.70% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 1.92% from other races, and 2.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.28% of the population.

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