Cranston, RI
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Cranston is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Rhode Island. With a population of 81,034 people and 17 constituent neighborhoods, Cranston is the third largest community in Rhode Island.

Unlike some cities, Cranston isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Cranston are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Cranston is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Cranston who work in office and administrative support (15.09%), sales jobs (10.59%), and management occupations (9.31%).

Cranston 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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Cranston use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Cranston‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

In terms of college education, Cranston is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 30.64% of adults in Cranston have a college degree.

The per capita income in Cranston in 2010 was $30,553, which is low income relative to Rhode Island, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $122,212 for a family of four. However, Cranston contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Cranston is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Cranston home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Cranston residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Cranston also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 13.28% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Cranston include Irish, English, Portuguese, and French .

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