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 17,226 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 sales jobs (12.30%), management occupations (11.40%), and office and administrative support (10.34%).
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 great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Portsmouth a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Portsmouth has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local 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.
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.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Portsmouth. 52.35% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.
The per capita income in Portsmouth in 2018 was $55,858, which is wealthy relative to Rhode Island and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $223,432 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 Black or African-American. 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 German/Yiddish.