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%).
There are quite a few people in the armed forces living in Middletown, and when you visit or drive around town, you will see military people in and out of uniform, shopping, enjoying life, and being part of the community.
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.
Middletown 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.
Residents of the town have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 18.76 minutes getting to work every day.
Even though Middletown is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.
Middletown is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 40.94% of adults in Middletown have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.
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.