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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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Quick Facts about RI

Population 1,053,661
Latest Population Increase 0.00%
Median Household Income $56,852
Median Home Price $238,000
Median Property Tax $1,815
Median Rent $60

Employment Rate in RI

  Employed 94.7%
  Unemployed 5.3%

Race in RI

  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 in RI

  Employed 94.7%
  Unemployed 5.3%

Educational Levels in RI

  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 in RI

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 in RI

  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
Providence 178,680 $177,100 $37,501
Warwick 81,855 $195,700 $66,044
Cranston 80,761 $213,800 $59,701
Pawtucket 71,395 $170,200 $41,789
East Providence 47,266 $212,000 $51,051
Woonsocket 41,213 $159,900 $36,420
Newport 24,459 $379,800 $57,218
Central Falls 19,378 $151,300 $29,108
Westerly 17,957 $279,200 $58,499
Valley Falls 12,088 $218,500 $58,281
Newport East 11,091 $298,200 $61,364
Wakefield-Peacedale 8,862 $297,400 $64,497
Cumberland Hill 8,439 $240,600 $77,164
Greenville 8,419 $258,300 $72,929
Tiverton 7,407 $249,100 $69,054
Kingston 6,969 $326,600 $71,786
Pascoag 4,583 $202,900 $51,291
Narragansett Pier 3,957 $446,000 $56,711
Harrisville 1,833 $203,200 $32,260
Hope Valley 1,733 $294,400 $69,408