Barrington, RI


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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.

A relatively large number of people in Barrington telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.80% 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 educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.

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 is lower than average for the country.

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.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Barrington. 67.21% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

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.