Rhode Island : What you need to know

Living in Rhode Island allows diners to feast on fresh lobster, oysters and seafood throughout the year. Rhode Island’s 400 miles of coastline and collection of historic landmarks draw thousands of tourists each year. Events like Gaspee Days celebrate the historic role Rhode Island played the American Revolution. Providence, Warwick and Cranston are among the best places to live in Rhode Island. Fishing, tourism and banking drive the economy in Rhode Island.


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Rhode Island Profile

Quick Facts

Population 1053661
Latest Population Increase 0.04%
Median Household Income $1053661
Median Home Price $238000
Median Property Tax $1815
Median Rent $60.1

Employment Rate

  Employed 94.7%
  Unemployed 5.3%

Race

  Ethnicity White 81.1%
  Ethnicity Black 6.5%
  Ethnicity Asian 3.2%
  Ethnicity Hispanic 13.6%
  Ethnicity Indian 0.5%
  Ethnicity Other 5.8%

Employment Rate

  Employed 94.7%
  Unemployed 5.3%

Educational Levels

  Bachelor's Degree 19.1%
  Associate's Degree 8.5%
  Graduate or Professional Degree 12.8%
  High School Graduate 27.3%
  Some College, No Degree 18.5%
  Percent Bachelor's Degree or Higher 31.9%
  Percent High School Graduate or Higher 86.2%

Industry

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting and Mining 0.4%
Construction 5.2%
Manufacturing 10.9%
Wholesale Trade 2.6%
Retail Trade 12%
Transportation and Warehousing, and Utilities 3.7%
Information 1.6%
Finance and Insurance, and Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 6.8%
Professional, Scientific and Management and Administrative and Waste 9.7%
Educational Services and Health Care and Social Assistance 27.4%
Arts, Entertainment and recreation and Accommodation and food Services 10.9%
Other Services, Except Public Administration 4.6%
Public Administration 4.3%

Housing

  Homes Rent 60.1%
  Homes Owned 39.9%

Rhode Island Rankings


Best places to Live in Rhode Island
Title Population Median Home Price Median Household Income
Ashaway 1,108 $221,700 $83,631
Bradford 1,158 $215,600 $62,888
Carolina 787 $289,600 $83,594
Central Falls 19,378 $151,300 $29,108
Chepachet 1,656 $233,600 $78,750
Clayville 159 $225,000 $120,875
Cranston 80,761 $213,800 $59,701
Cumberland Hill 8,439 $240,600 $77,164
East Providence 47,266 $212,000 $51,051
Foster Center 325 $250,000 $0
Greene 863 $269,400 $97,500
Greenville 8,419 $258,300 $72,929
Harmony 876 $212,700 $82,857
Harrisville 1,833 $203,200 $32,260
Hope Valley 1,733 $294,400 $69,408
Kingston 6,969 $326,600 $71,786
Melville 1,327 $0 $52,024
Misquamicut 349 $552,100 $70,750
Narragansett Pier 3,957 $446,000 $56,711
Newport 24,459 $379,800 $57,218