Central Falls, RI
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Central Falls is a medium-sized city located in the state of Rhode Island. With a population of 19,303 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Central Falls is the 19th largest community in Rhode Island. Much of the housing stock in Central Falls was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Central Falls is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 38.76% of the Central Falls workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Central Falls is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Central Falls who work in maintenance occupations (14.10%), office and administrative support (10.70%), and sales jobs (8.83%).

For a small city, Central Falls has a lot of people who use public transit to get to work, and those that do mostly ride the bus. This suggests that a real need for low-cost transportation in Central Falls exists, and local transit is helping to meet that need.

The population of Central Falls has a very low overall level of education: only 8.86% of people over 25 hold a 4-year college degree or higher.

The per capita income in Central Falls in 2010 was $14,026, which is low income relative to Rhode Island and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $56,104 for a family of four. Central Falls also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 33.17% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Central Falls is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Central Falls home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Central Falls, accounting for 65.10% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Central Falls residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Central Falls include Portuguese, French , Irish, and Italian.

Central Falls also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 38.12%.

The most common language spoken in Central Falls is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Portuguese.