Newport, RI
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Newport is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Rhode Island. With a population of 24,779 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Newport is the 14th largest community in Rhode Island. Newport has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

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

Newport is a military town: the armed forces employs 9.33% of the workforce, making the military a major focus of life in the city. In the civilian sector, Accommodation and Healthcare are important in the local economy and are the city’s largest civilian employers, employing 15.12% and 14.49% of the civilian workforce respectively.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.94% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.

Newport is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Newport enrolled in college, Newport has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.

Newport 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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Newport use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Newport‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Newport. 50.90% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Newport in 2010 was $40,563, which is upper middle income relative to Rhode Island, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $162,252 for a family of four. However, Newport contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Newport is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Newport home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Newport residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Newport also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.72% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Newport include English, Italian, German, and Portuguese.

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