Middletown is a medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Rhode Island. With a population of 15,973 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Middletown is the 22nd largest community in Rhode Island.
Housing costs in Middletown 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.
Middletown is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 86.73% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Middletown is a town of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Middletown who work in office and administrative support (11.42%), food service (10.85%), and sales jobs (10.34%).
Middletown is home to a number of people employed in the armed forces. When you visit or walk around Middletown, some of the people you will bump into will be military people In and out of uniform, jogging, shopping and generally out and about town.
Also of interest is that Middletown has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One of the nice things about Middletown 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.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Middletown spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.76 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the town are less than they would otherwise be.
Despite being a small town, Middletown 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 education level of Middletown ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Middletown, 40.94% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
The per capita income in Middletown in 2010 was $34,796, which is middle income relative to Rhode Island, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $139,184 for a family of four. However, Middletown contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Middletown is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Middletown home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Middletown residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Middletown include Portuguese, English, Italian, and German.
The most common language spoken in Middletown is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.