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Newport, RI
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Living in Newport


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 25,163 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Newport is the 14th largest community in Rhode Island. Much of the housing stock in Newport was built prior to World War II, 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 11.97% of the workforce, making the military a major focus of life in the city. In the civilian sector, Healthcare and Accommodation are important in the local economy and are the city’s largest civilian employers, employing 15.19% and 14.77% of the civilian workforce respectively.

Also of interest is that Newport has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 13.13% 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.

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

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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

If knowledge is power, Newport is a pretty powerful place. 53.38% of the adults in Newport have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Newport in 2018 was $44,429, 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 $177,716 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. Important ancestries of people in Newport include Irish, English, Italian, German, and Portuguese.

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