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 16,240 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 93.00% 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 (14.22%), teaching (12.86%), and healthcare (11.15%).

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.

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 very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Barrington really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Barrington perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

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. 67.18% 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 $55,429, which is wealthy relative to Rhode Island and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $221,716 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 Italian, English, German, and Portuguese.

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