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 81,073 people and 17 constituent neighborhoods, Cranston is the third largest community in Rhode Island.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Cranston is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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 (15.24%), sales jobs (11.23%), and management occupations (8.72%).

One of the nice things about Cranston 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.

The education level of Cranston citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 29.86% of adults in Cranston have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Cranston in 2010 was $29,697, 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 $118,788 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 12.85% 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.