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 (15.43%), sales jobs (10.61%), and food service (7.59%).

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.

In terms of college education, Pawtucket is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 17.44% of adults 25 and older in Pawtucket have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Pawtucket in 2010 was $21,239, which is low income relative to Rhode Island, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $84,956 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 20.64% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Pawtucket include Irish, Portuguese, French , and Italian.

In addition, Pawtucket has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (23.68%).

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