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.

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 ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

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.

Portsmouth is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 47.54% 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 $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.