Best Places to Live

Warwick, RI

Population: 81,855
LIV
SCORE
585
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Proud of its history as being the location of the Gaspee Affair in 1772 — a rebellion that helped kick off the American Revolution — Warwick earned a spot on this year’s list of the Top 100 Best Places to Live for its high scores in social-civic capital, economy and infrastructure.

With a local airport and railway, getting around is easy in this small town. And locals come together to celebrate its past throughout the spring and summer months with a variety of festivities. If you want to be part of a tight-knit community where people take pride in where they live, Warwick is an awesome option.

Local Obsession: The Gaspee Days! This series of events — including a block party, arts and crafts festival and The Gaspee Day Parade — celebrates the success of the Gaspee Affair.

Climate Described in 6 Words Or Less: Year-round chowder weather (often stormy).

Top Industries and Employers: The top industries in Warwick are health care, retail trade and manufacturing. The top employers are Kent Memorial Hospital, Citizens Bank and Warwick Call Center.

Local Dream Job: Instructor at Black Rock Sailing School

Quintessential Meal: Chowder! Head to dining landmark Iggy’s Doughboys & Chowder House for some of the best chowder and seafood you’ll ever have.

Favorite Weekend Activity: Spending a day out sailing — residents here revel in their time spent on or near the water.

After-Work Meetup Spot: Grab some nachos at Not Your Average Joe’s.

Best Brewery: Proclamation Ale Company. You’ll love its handcrafted beers and cool atmosphere.

Beloved Bookstore: Barrington Books carries the best book selection as well as cool gifts and toys.

Free Way to Have Fun: Check out the Warwick Neck Lighthouse and the Conimicut Lighthouse.

Hidden Gem: Horseback riding on the beach at C & L Stables.

- Annette Benedetti

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“Warwick is made up of a variety of small villages, each of which has their own unique qualities. Be it seaside or historical, you’re certain to find one that best suits your needs.”

Susan Folco
Tourism Coordinator and lifelong Warwick resident

Warwick, RI Ranking Data

Civic
85
Demographics
37
Economy
67
Education
47
Health
57
Housing
48
Infrastructure
65