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 7,812 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.
Charlestown is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Charlestown is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Charlestown who work in office and administrative support (14.70%), management occupations (7.87%), and sales jobs (7.28%).
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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
The citizens of Charlestown are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 37.57% of adults in Charlestown have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Charlestown in 2010 was $37,262, which is middle income relative to Rhode Island, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $149,048 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, German, and French.
The most common language spoken in Charlestown is English. Other important languages spoken here include Polish and Spanish.