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%).

Because South Kingstown has a very large number of students who are 18 years or older and in college, it is thought of as a college town. This has a major influence on local South Kingstown lifestyle, entertainment, and culture in general. Life in South Kingstown is very much tied to the academic calendar: when students return from the summer break in the fall, one will notice them out and about, buying groceries, out with friends, and generally getting re-acquainted with each other. In South Kingstown people study hard and play hard, and there is ample opportunity to do both.

South Kingstown 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.

For the size of the town, public transportation in South Kingstown is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For South Kingstown, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in South Kingstown. 51.58% 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 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.