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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. 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.

The armed forces are a huge part of the life in Newport, employing 9.33% of the workforce. While it is a military town, the civilian sector still plays an important role in the local economy, where the Accommodation and Healthcare industries employ 15.12% and 14.49% of the civilian workforce, respectively.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.94% 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 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.

One of the nice things about Newport 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.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Newport, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Newport is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 50.90% 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 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.