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.

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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

The education level of Portsmouth ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Portsmouth, 46.06% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

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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