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 17,510 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.

Unlike some towns, Portsmouth isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Portsmouth are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Portsmouth is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Portsmouth who work in management occupations (12.84%), sales jobs (11.46%), and office and administrative support (11.43%).

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.

Because of many things, Portsmouth is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Portsmouth really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Portsmouth perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

Portsmouth 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.

The citizens of Portsmouth are among the most well-educated in the nation: 47.54% of adults in Portsmouth have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Portsmouth in 2010 was $49,386, which is wealthy relative to Rhode Island and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $197,544 for a family of four.

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 Irish, English, Portuguese, Italian, and German.

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