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 30,788 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 86.24% 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 (12.50%), sales jobs (11.06%), and teaching (10.48%).
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.
South Kingstown, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the town.
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.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in South Kingstown. 52.27% 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 $35,782, 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 $143,128 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 Irish, Italian, English, German, and French.
The most common language spoken in South Kingstown is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.