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 22,381 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Westerly is the 16th largest community 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 (13.17%), management occupations (10.80%), and sales jobs (9.23%).
Westerly 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.
The population of Westerly is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 34.81% of adults in Westerly have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Westerly in 2018 was $40,999, which is upper middle income relative to Rhode Island, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $163,996 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 Italian, Irish, English, German, and French.
The most common language spoken in Westerly is English. Other important languages spoken here include Polish and Italian.