South Kingstown, RI
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South Kingstown 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 30,791 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, South Kingstown is the tenth largest community in Rhode Island.

Housing costs in South Kingstown 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.

South Kingstown is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 87.45% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, South Kingstown is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in South Kingstown who work in management occupations (11.77%), sales jobs (11.03%), and teaching (10.61%).

In addition, South Kingstown is a major college town that has a very high percentage of its residents over 18 years old who are college students. Naturally, collegiate life has a major influence on local South Kingstown culture, lifestyle and entertainment options. South Kingstown really pulses to the beat of the academic calendar. In South Kingstown every fall, returning students reinvigorate the community, who you will notice are all over town, buying groceries, out with friends, and getting acquainted or re-acquainted with each other and South Kingstown. One of the beneficial effects that colleges provide is that they tend to be lasting institutions that deliver direct economic benefits to the local economy in the form of such things as jobs for faculty and staff, and spending by students. South Kingstown benefits directly from this.

One of the nice things about South Kingstown 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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in South Kingstown use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of South Kingstown‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to South Kingstown, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. South Kingstown is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 51.58% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in South Kingstown in 2010 was $33,886, which is lower middle income relative to Rhode Island, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $135,544 for a family of four. However, South Kingstown contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

South Kingstown is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call South Kingstown home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of South Kingstown residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in South Kingstown include Italian, English, German, and French .

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