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 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 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.
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.
Despite being a small town, Charlestown has a lot of people using the bus to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the bus are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.
The population of Charlestown is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 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.