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 professionals, service providers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Charlestown who work in management occupations (11.11%), office and administrative support (9.31%), and sales jobs (8.63%).
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 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.
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 citizens of Charlestown are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 37.95% of adults in Charlestown have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Charlestown in 2018 was $44,597, 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 $178,388 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, Irish, Italian, German, and French.
The most common language spoken in Charlestown is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.