Portsmouth, RI
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Portsmouth is a medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Rhode Island. With a population of 17,373 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Portsmouth is the 20th largest community in Rhode Island.

Housing costs in Portsmouth are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Rhode Island.

Portsmouth is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 85.71% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Portsmouth is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Portsmouth who work in sales jobs (12.47%), management occupations (10.97%), and office and administrative support (10.25%).

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

Portsmouth is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Portsmouth’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One of the nice things about Portsmouth 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.

Portsmouth is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 46.06% of adults in Portsmouth have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Portsmouth in 2010 was $43,035, which is wealthy relative to Rhode Island and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $172,140 for a family of four. However, Portsmouth contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Portsmouth home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Portsmouth residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Portsmouth include English, Portuguese, Italian, and French .

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

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