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.
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 professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Charlestown who work in office and administrative support (13.09%), management occupations (10.73%), and sales jobs (8.01%).
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 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 great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Charlestown a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Charlestown has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Charlestown’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Charlestown has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Charlestown a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.
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%): 38.28% of adults in Charlestown have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Charlestown in 2010 was $36,878, which is middle income relative to Rhode Island, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $147,512 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 Spanish and German.