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. Much of the housing stock in Pawtucket was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Pawtucket is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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%).

One of the nice things about Pawtucket 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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Pawtucket use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Pawtucket‘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.

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.