Information About Rhode Island

The total estimated population is 1,048,319. Density is low at 1,003 person per square mile.

Races of Residents

Population by Race: White: 1,020,068; Black: 891,191; Two or More Races: 52,616; American Indian: 46,908; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 23,665; Asian: 5,121; Other Race: 567; Hispanic Population: Hispanic or Latino: 1,048,319 (100%); Not Hispanic or Latino: 0 (0%)

There are 119,277 foreign born residents, of which 47.1% are naturalized citizens.

Most Common Birthplaces

Foreign Born: Portugal: 21,016; Dominican Republic: 16,382; Guatemala: 9,049; Colombia: 6,496; Italy: 4,502; Canada: 4,015; Cambodia: 3,335; U.S. Born: This State: 643,912; Northeast: 193,239; South: 32,599; Midwest: 23,191; West: 17,115;

Most Common Foreign Birthplaces in Rhode Island Most Common US Birthplaces in Rhode Island

The sex distribution is 48% male and 52% female. The median age is 37 years.

Age Distribution

There are 68,641 married couples with children and 53,428 single-parent households (819 men, 52,609 women).

The median household income is $42,090 in 1999 dollars.

Median Household Income Comparisons

U.S.: $41,994; Rhode Island: $42,090;

12% of the population lives below the poverty line.

Poverty Level Comparisons

U.S.: 12%; Rhode Island: 12%;

Household Income Distribution

In thousands of dollars.

Work Type and Occupations

Work Type: Private wage and salary: 351,961; Government: 69,098; Self-employed: 26,125; Unpaid family work: 1,843; Occupation: Management, professional, and related: 169,994; Sales and office: 135,754; Professional and related: 107,713; Office and administrative support: 80,794; Service: 78,539; Production, transportation, and material moving: 76,292;

Work Types in Rhode Island Common Occupations in Rhode Island

The average commute time is 24 minutes to and from work.

Transportation to Work

Car or truck (drove alone): 393,322; Car or truck (carpooled): 51,004; Walked: 18,717; Public transportation: 12,197; Worked at home: 10,995; Bicycle: 1,338; Motorcycle: 214;

Transportation to work methods in Rhode Island

Educational Attainment

Percent of population in Rhode Island.

There are 439,837 housing units, of which 253,884 are single family homes.

Owner vs. Renter Occupied Housing

All Housing Units: Owner: 245,156; Renter: 163,268; Vacant: 31,413; Owner-Occupied: Mortgaged: 172,734; Not Mortgaged: 72,422;

Owner vs. Renter Occupied Housing in Rhode Island

The median single family home value is $133,000.

Median Monthly Cost for Mortgaged Homes

U.S.: $1,088; Rhode Island: $1,205;

Median Rent for Rental Units

U.S.: $519; Rhode Island: $477;

The average household size is 2 and the median number of rooms in housing units is 5.

Housing Units By Year Built

1939 or earlier: 129,217; 1940 to 1949: 43,195; 1950 to 1959: 62,514; 1960 to 1969: 56,989; 1970 to 1979: 58,999; 1980 to 1989: 50,618; 1990 to 1994: 20,326; 1995 to 1998: 13,645; 1999 to March 2000: 4,334;

0.8% of homes lack plumbing and 1.5% lack telephone service.

Commonly Used Home Heating Fuel

Utility Gas: 189,128; Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.: 171,856; Electricity: 31,191; Bottled, tank, or LP gas: 10,262;