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Rhode Island in Focus: Census Bureau Pre-Primary Snapshot

     Rhode Island, which is holding its presidential primaries on March 4, had a 2007 population of 1.1 million. The state has a higher percentage of people with a bachelor's degree or more and a higher median household income than the nation as a whole. About 64 percent of Rhode Island's voting-age citizens cast a ballot in the 2004 general election, not statistically different from the national rate.

     These and other statistics about Rhode Island's population on topics ranging from language spoken to commute times can be found in the American FactFinder section of the Census Bureau Web site <http://factfinder.census.gov/>. More information about the nation's voting record can be found in Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2004 at <http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/socdemo/voting/>.

      Highlights include the following:

 Selected Characteristics Rhode Island U.S.
 Median age 38.2 36.4
 Women 51.6% 50.7%
 White alone, not Hispanic or Latino 79.6% 66.4%
 Black alone 6.3% 12.8%
 Hispanic or Latino 11.0% 14.8%
 Median household income $51,814 $48,451
 Foreign born 12.6% 12.5%
 Persons below poverty 11.1% 13.3%
 Bachelor's degree or higher (age 25+) 29.6% 27.0%
 Median home value $295,700 $185,200

Source: U.S. Census Bureau Total Population Estimates (2007), State Population Estimates by Characteristics (2006), American Community Survey (2006).
Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | PIO@census.gov | Last Revised: February 10, 2014