Westerly 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 22,693 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Westerly is the 16th largest community in Rhode Island.
Housing costs in Westerly 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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Westerly is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Westerly is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Westerly who work in office and administrative support (13.91%), management occupations (10.40%), and sales jobs (10.18%).
Also of interest is that Westerly has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One of the nice things about Westerly 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.
The overall education level of Westerly citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 31.89% of adults in Westerly have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.
The per capita income in Westerly in 2010 was $35,420, which is middle income relative to Rhode Island, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $141,680 for a family of four. However, Westerly contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Westerly home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Westerly residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Westerly include Irish, English, French , and German.
The most common language spoken in Westerly is English. Other important languages spoken here include Italian and Chinese.