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 30,348 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 87.39% 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 sales jobs (12.10%), management occupations (11.81%), and teaching (10.91%).
South Kingstown is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in South Kingstown have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. South Kingstown’s economy is one such example of 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. 55.69% 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 2018 was $38,927, which is middle income relative to Rhode Island, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $155,708 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 Asian. 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 Chinese.