Barrington is a medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Rhode Island. With a population of 16,272 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Barrington is the 21st largest community in Rhode Island.
Barrington home prices are not only among the most expensive in Rhode Island, but Barrington real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Barrington is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 92.39% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Barrington is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Barrington who work in management occupations (15.29%), healthcare (12.90%), and teaching (11.96%).
Of important note, Barrington is also a town of artists. Barrington has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Barrington’s character.
Also of interest is that Barrington has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.80% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
In addition, Barrington is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.
Barrington is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Barrington’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
One of the nice things about Barrington is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
Despite being a small town, Barrington has a lot of people using the bus to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the bus are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.
If knowledge is power, Barrington is a pretty powerful place. 67.21% of the adults in Barrington have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Barrington in 2010 was $59,464, which is wealthy relative to Rhode Island and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $237,856 for a family of four.
The people who call Barrington home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Barrington residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Barrington include English, Italian, German, and Portuguese.
The most common language spoken in Barrington is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.