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. Central Falls has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Central Falls is a blue-collar town, with 37.29% of people working in blue-collar occupations, while the average in America is just 27.7%. Overall, Central Falls is a city of service providers, production and manufacturing workers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Central Falls who work in maintenance occupations (15.43%), office and administrative support (10.32%), and food service (9.01%).

The population of Central Falls has a very low overall level of education: only 7.99% of people over 25 hold a 4-year college degree or higher.

The per capita income in Central Falls in 2010 was $14,008, which is low income relative to Rhode Island and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $56,032 for a family of four. Central Falls also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 31.73% 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 French , Portuguese, 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.