New Shoreham is a very small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Rhode Island. With a population of 1,045 people and just one neighborhood, New Shoreham is the 39th largest community in Rhode Island.
Real Estate Prices
New Shoreham home prices are not only among the most expensive in Rhode Island, but New Shoreham real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Occupations and Workforce
New Shoreham is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, New Shoreham is a town of managers, professionals and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in New Shoreham who work in management occupations (34.18%), teaching (8.01%) and food service (8.01%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 34.18% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Setting & Lifestyle
Another notable thing is that New Shoreham 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, New Shoreham’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.
In addition, New Shoreham is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.
It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) New Shoreham has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. New Shoreham has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in New Shoreham than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, New Shoreham may be for you.
One of the nice things about New Shoreham 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.
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 12.97 minutes getting to work every day.