Charlestown is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Rhode Island. With a population of 7,826 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Charlestown is the 32nd largest community in Rhode Island.
Housing costs in Charlestown 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.
Unlike some towns, Charlestown isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Charlestown are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Charlestown is a town of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Charlestown who work in office and administrative support (10.62%), sales jobs (7.79%), and teaching (7.79%).
Another notable thing is that Charlestown is an extremely popular vacation destination. A significant portion of the population is seasonal. During the vacation season, the town experiences a large influx of people who take up residence in second homes they own in the area. As the vacation season ends, the population drops again, leaving behind a substantially quieter and smaller town.
Charlestown is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Charlestown’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
One of the nice things about Charlestown is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
The education level of Charlestown citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 37.19% of adults in Charlestown have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Charlestown in 2018 was $42,612, which is upper middle income relative to Rhode Island, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $170,448 for a family of four. However, Charlestown contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Charlestown home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Charlestown residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Charlestown include Irish, English, Italian, French, and German.
The most common language spoken in Charlestown is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.