Narragansett, RI
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Narragansett 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 15,504 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Narragansett is the 24th largest community in Rhode Island.

Narragansett home prices are not only among the most expensive in Rhode Island, but Narragansett real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Narragansett is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 89.58% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Narragansett is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Narragansett who work in management occupations (14.04%), sales jobs (13.94%), and healthcare (9.98%).

In addition, Narragansett is a college town. There are a lot of students in Narragansett attending college, and as a result Narragansett provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.

Another notable thing is that Narragansett is a major vacation destination. Much of the town’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Narragansett’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.

Narragansett, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the town.

Because of many things, Narragansett is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Narragansett really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Narragansett perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

Narragansett 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.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Narragansett, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Narragansett is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 58.25% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Narragansett in 2010 was $44,894, which is wealthy relative to Rhode Island and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $179,576 for a family of four. However, Narragansett contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Narragansett home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Narragansett residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Narragansett include Irish, Italian, English, German, and French.

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


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