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