Barrington, RI
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Living in Barrington


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 16,053 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Barrington is the 21st largest community in Rhode Island.

Housing costs in Barrington are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Rhode Island.

Barrington is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 91.14% 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 (13.78%), healthcare (12.25%), and sales jobs (10.10%).

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.

A relatively large number of people in Barrington telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.39% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

Because of many things, Barrington is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Barrington a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Barrington has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Barrington’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

Barrington is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

If knowledge is power, Barrington is a pretty powerful place. 68.08% 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 2018 was $61,553, which is wealthy relative to Rhode Island and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $246,212 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 Irish, Italian, English, German, and Portuguese.

The most common language spoken in Barrington is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.