Pawtucket, RI
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Pawtucket is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Rhode Island. With a population of 71,591 people and 21 constituent neighborhoods, Pawtucket is the fourth largest community in Rhode Island. Pawtucket has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Pawtucket is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Pawtucket is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Pawtucket who work in office and administrative support (15.52%), sales jobs (10.35%), and food service (7.63%).

Pawtucket 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Pawtucket is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Pawtucket area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The education level of Pawtucket citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 18.17% of adults 25 and older in Pawtucket have a college degree.

The per capita income in Pawtucket in 2010 was $22,016, which is low income relative to Rhode Island, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $88,064 for a family of four. However, Pawtucket contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Pawtucket is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Pawtucket home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Pawtucket residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Pawtucket also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 22.06% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Pawtucket include Cape Verdean, Portuguese, French , and Italian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Pawtucket's cultural character, accounting for 24.30% of the city’s population.

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