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 7,773 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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Charlestown is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Charlestown is a town of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Charlestown who work in office and administrative support (11.25%), management occupations (9.16%), and sales jobs (7.80%).
Also of interest is that Charlestown has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Another notable thing is that Charlestown is an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the town’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially quieter place to live.
Because of many things, Charlestown 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, Charlestown really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Charlestown 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.
Charlestown 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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
The education level of Charlestown citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 39.48% of adults in Charlestown have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Charlestown in 2010 was $36,252, which is middle income relative to Rhode Island, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $145,008 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 English, Italian, French , and German.
The most common language spoken in Charlestown is English. Other important languages spoken here include Polish and Spanish.