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Charlestown, RI
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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 7,997 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Charlestown is the 33rd 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 sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Charlestown who work in sales jobs (12.73%), office and administrative support (11.65%), and management occupations (11.53%).

Another notable thing is that Charlestown is a major vacation destination. Much of the town’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Charlestown’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much 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.

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.

In Charlestown, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.97 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.

The citizens of Charlestown are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 37.85% of adults in Charlestown have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Charlestown in 2018 was $47,174, 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 $188,696 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 Asian. Important ancestries of people in Charlestown include English, Irish, Italian, French, and German.

The most common language spoken in Charlestown is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.


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