Bristol County, RI

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Population

49,028

0.406% decline

Median Age

44.1


Median Household Income

$74,630

2.1% growth

Poverty Rate

7.05%


Number of Employees

25,027

0.004% decline

Median Property Value

$341,300

3.42% growth

About

In 2017, Bristol County, RI had a population of 49k people with a median age of 44.1 and a median household income of $74,630. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Bristol County, RI declined from 49,228 to 49,028, a -0.406% decrease and its median household income grew from $73,096 to $74,630, a 2.1% increase.

The population of Bristol County, RI is 92.7% White Alone, 2.72% Hispanic or Latino, and 2% Asian Alone. 12.5% of the people in Bristol County, RI speak a non-English language, and 97% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Bristol County, RI are Roger Williams University (1,136 degrees awarded in 2016) and Roger Williams University School of Law (86 degrees).

The median property value in Bristol County, RI is $341,300, and the homeownership rate is 69%. Most people in Bristol County, RI commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 24.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Bristol County, RI is 2 cars per household.

About the photo: Sunset over Bristol and Little Compton, RI

Economy

The economy of Bristol County, RI employs 25k people. The largest industries in Bristol County, RI are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,264 people), Educational Services (3,768 people), and Retail Trade (2,325 people), and the highest paying industries are Information ($78,869), Public Administration ($72,686), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($72,433).

Median household income in Bristol County, RI is $74,630. Males in Bristol County, RI have an average income that is 1.28 times higher than the average income of females, which is $52,765. The income inequality in Bristol County, RI (measured using the Gini index) is 0.463, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$74,630

2017 value

± $3,265

2.1%

1 Year Growth

± 5.84%

Households in Bristol County, RI have a median annual income of $74,630, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $73,096 in 2016, which represents a 2.1% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$67,678

Average Male Salary

± $3,488

$52,765

Average Female Salary

± $2,573

In 2017, full-time male employees in Bristol County, RI made 1.28 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $55,088 ± $13,113

  2. White

    $53,532 ± $2,161

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $49,001 ± $29,532

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Bristol County, RI workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.03 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Bristol County, RI by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Bristol County, RI is from Rhode Island.

0.463

2017 Wage GINI

0.462

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Rhode Island was 0.463 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.241% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Rhode Island was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Rhode Island in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Rhode Island across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 304

  2. Census Tract 303

  3. Census Tract 302

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Bristol County, RI was Census Tract 304 with a value of $142,228, followed by Census Tract 303 and Census Tract 302, with respective values of $121,328 and $91,458.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Bristol County, RI colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 55 - 64

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

7.05% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Bristol County, RI (3.2k out of 45.4k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 55 - 64, followed by Females 45 - 54 and then Females 75+.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    2,663 ± 378

  2. Black

    341 ± 159

  3. Hispanic

    176 ± 149

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Bristol County, RI is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

25k

2017 Value

± 977

-0.004%

1 Year decline

± 5.53%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Bristol County, RI declined at a rate of -0.004%, from 25k employees to 25k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Bristol County, RI, are Management Occupations (3,057 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,841 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,400 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Bristol County, RI.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Bristol County, RI, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (3,057 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,841 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,400 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Bristol County, RI has an unusually high number of residents working as Legal Occupations (1.89 times higher than expected), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.72 times), and Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (1.42 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Bristol County, RI, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($88,698), Management Occupations ($84,901), and Legal Occupations ($81,921).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

25k

2017 Value

± 977

-0.004%

1 Year decline

± 5.53%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Bristol County, RI declined at a rate of -0.004%, from 25k employees to 25k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Bristol County, RI, are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,264 people), Educational Services (3,768 people), and Retail Trade (2,325 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Bristol County, RI, though some of these residents may live in Bristol County, RI and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Bristol County, RI, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,264 people), Educational Services (3,768 people), and Retail Trade (2,325 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Bristol County, RI has an unusually high number of Educational Services (1.62 times higher than expected), Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.29 times), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1.23 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Bristol County, RI, by median earnings, are Information ($78,869), Public Administration ($72,686), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($72,433).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Rhode Island to other states, or from other states to Rhode Island.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $13.4B

  2. $6.99B

  3. $4.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Rhode Island product (by dollars) was Gasoline with $13.4B, followed by Mixed freight with $6.99B and Fuel oils and $4.5B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Rhode Island products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$48.1B

2015 Value

$56.6B

Projected 2045 Value

17.7% growth

In 2015, total outbound Rhode Island trade was $48.1B. This is expected to increase 17.7% to $56.6B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Rhode Island trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Rhode Island to other states, or from other states to Rhode Island.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $14.9B

  2. $2.86B

  3. $1.45B

In 2015, the top outbound Rhode Island domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Massachusetts with $14.9B, followed by Connecticut with $2.86B and New York and $1.45B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Rhode Island shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

95.8% of the population of Bristol County, RI has health coverage, with 55.6% on employee plans, 9.45% on Medicaid, 13.7% on Medicare, 15.9% on non-group plans, and 1.01% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Bristol County, RI was $9,551 in 2014. This is a 4.27% increase from the previous year ($9,160).

Primary care physicians in Bristol County, RI see 552 patients per year on average, which represents a 4.55% increase from the previous year (528 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2726 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 539 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Providence County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (9.7%). Additionally, Kent County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (29.2%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

552 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Bristol County, RI see an average of 552 patients per year. This represents a 4.55% increase from the previous year (528 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Bristol County, RI in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$9,551

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,620

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,934

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,901

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Rhode Island (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.27%, from $9,160 to $9,551.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

4.24%

Uninsured

55.6%

Employer Coverage

9.45%

Medicaid

13.7%

Medicare

15.9%

Non-Group

1.01%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Bristol County, RI declined by 20.4% from 5.33% to 4.24%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Bristol County, RI changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 9.7% prevalence

  2. 9.4% prevalence

  3. 8.7% prevalence

Providence County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Rhode Island, at 9.7%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Rhode Island by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Bristol County, RI is home to a population of 49k people, from which 97% are citizens. As of 2017, 10.2% of Bristol County, RI residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Bristol County, RI is composed of 45.4k White Alone residents (92.7%), 1.34k Hispanic or Latino residents (2.72%), 980 Asian Alone residents (2%), 617 Black or African American Alone residents (1.26%), 606 Two or More Races residents (1.24%), 17 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0347%), 16 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0326%), and 10 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0204%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Bristol County, RI are Portuguese or Portuguese Creole (3,373 speakers), Spanish or Spanish Creole (543 speakers), and Chinese (364 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

42

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.6

56

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Bristol County, RI was 44.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 42, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 56. But people in Bristol County, RI are getting staying the same age. In 2016, the average age of all Bristol County, RI residents was 44.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

10.2%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

10.5%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 10.2% of Bristol County, RI residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Bristol County, RI was 10.5%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Dominican Republic

    24,773 ± 3,819 people

  2. Guatemala

    14,188 ± 2,905 people

  3. Portugal

    13,168 ± 2,800 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Bristol County, RI was Dominican Republic, the natal country of 24,773 Bristol County, RI residents, followed by Guatemala with 14,188 and Portugal with 13,168.

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Citizenship

97%

2017 Citizenship

96.9%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97% of Bristol County, RI residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Bristol County, RI was 96.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    45.4k ± 22

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    1.34k ± 195

  3. Asian Alone

    980 ± 101

In 2017, there were 34 times more White Alone residents (45.4k people) in Bristol County, RI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.34k Hispanic or Latino and 980 Asian Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Bristol County, RI as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Portuguese or Portuguese Creole

    3,373 speakers (7.14%)

  2. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    543 speakers (1.15%)

  3. Chinese

    364 speakers (0.771%)

12.5% of Bristol County, RI citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Bristol County, RI was Portuguese or Portuguese Creole. 7.14% of the overall population of Bristol County, RI are native Portuguese or Portuguese Creole speakers. 1.15% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole and 0.771% speak Portuguese or Portuguese Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    891 ± 156

  2. Korea

    440 ± 115

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    350 ± 137

Bristol County, RI has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.02 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Bristol County, RI awarded 1,222 degrees. The student population of Bristol County, RI is skewed towards women, with 2,574 male students and 3,050 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Bristol County, RI are White (911 and 76.8%), followed by Unknown (146 and 12.3%), Hispanic or Latino (63 and 5.31%), and Black or African American (25 and 2.11%).

The largest universities in Bristol County, RI by number of degrees awarded are Roger Williams University (1,136 and 93%) and Roger Williams University School of Law (86 and 7.04%).

The most popular majors in Bristol County, RI are Architecture (114 and 9.33%), Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration (93 and 7.61%), and Law (86 and 7.04%).

The median tuition costs in Bristol County, RI are $29,976 for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Bristol County, RI was General Marketing & Marketing Management with 69 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Bristol County, RI according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,136 degrees awarded

  2. 86 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$29,976

Median Private

In 2016, the Bristol County, RI institution with the largest number of graduating students was Roger Williams University with 1,136 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

615

Degrees Awarded to Men

607

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 615 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Bristol County, RI, which is 1.01 times more than the 607 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    911 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    146 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    63 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Bristol County, RI were to White students. These 911 degrees mean that there were 6.24 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 146 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Bristol County, RI was $341,300 in 2017, which is 1.57 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $330,000 to $341,300, a 3.42% increase. The homeownership rate in Bristol County, RI is 69%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Bristol County, RI have an average commute time of 24.5 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Bristol County, RI is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$74,630

Median Household Income

± $3,265

19.5k

Number of Households

± 861

In 2017, the median household income of the 19.5k households in Bristol County, RI grew to $74,630 from the previous year's value of $73,096.

The following chart displays the households in Bristol County, RI distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$341,300

2017 Median

± $6,770

$330,000

2016 Median

± $8,166

In 2017, the median property value in Bristol County, RI grew to to $341,300 from the previous year's value of $330,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Bristol County, RI compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Bristol County, RI the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Bristol County, RI distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Bristol County, RI the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

69%

2017 Homeownership

70.3%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 69% of the housing units in Bristol County, RI were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 70.3%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Bristol County, RI compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Bristol County, RI distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Bristol County, RI have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

24.5 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Bristol County, RI have a shorter commute time (24.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.64% of the workforce in Bristol County, RI have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    81.2%

  2. Carpooled

    6.48%

  3. Worked At Home

    5.28%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Bristol County, RI was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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