Best Places to Live in Rhode Island (2011)

This article, the thirty-sixth in a 50-state series, ranks the best places to live in Rhode Island based on three criteria: (1) median household income (adjusted for cost of living); (2) educational attainment (% of residents 25 years and over who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher); and (3) property crime rates per 1,000 residents (burglary and automobile thefts). For purposes of these rankings, “places” are incorporated municipalities with populations greater than 2,000.

Among the twenty best places to live in Rhode Island, ten are suburbs of Newport, eight are suburbs of Providence, and two are suburbs of Warwick. By county, seven of the best places to live in Rhode Island are located in Providence County, six in Washington County, two each in Bristol, Kent, and Newport counties, and one in Chittenden County.

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1. Best Places to Live in Rhode Island (2011) – Barrington, RI (Bristol County)

Population: 16,455

Median household income (adjusted for cost of living): $97,617
Bachelor’s degree or higher (25 years and over): 61.5%
Property crime rate per 1,000 residents (burglary and auto thefts): 2.57

Distance to Familiar Cities:

Providence, RI: 10 miles NNW
Warwick, RI: 19 miles SW

2. Best Places to Live in Rhode Island (2011) – East Greenwich, RI (Kent County)

Population: 13,385

Median household income (adjusted for cost of living): $92,060
Bachelor’s degree or higher (25 years and over): 58.1%
Property crime rate per 1,000 residents (burglary and auto thefts): 2.17

Distance to Familiar Cities:

Providence, RI: 15 miles NNE
Warwick, RI: 6 miles NE

3. Best Places to Live in Rhode Island (2011) – Exeter, RI (Washington County)

Population: 6,332

Median household income (adjusted for cost of living): $93,291
Bachelor’s degree or higher (25 years and over): 44.0%
Property crime rate per 1,000 residents (burglary and auto thefts): 3.61*

Distance to Familiar Cities:

Providence, RI: 22 miles NNE
Newport, RI: 16 miles SE

4. Best Places to Live in Rhode Island (2011) – Glocester, RI (Providence County)

Population: 10,529

Median household income (adjusted for cost of living): $81,751
Bachelor’s degree or higher (25 years and over): 30.5%
Property crime rate per 1,000 residents (burglary and auto thefts): 1.13

Distance to Familiar Cities:

Providence, RI: 20 miles SE
Worcester, MA: 32 miles NNW

5. Best Places to Live in Rhode Island (2011) – Smithfield, RI (Providence County)

Population: 21,254

Median household income (adjusted for cost of living): $74,650
Bachelor’s degree or higher (25 years and over): 35.3%
Property crime rate per 1,000 residents (burglary and auto thefts): 1.97

Distance to Familiar Cities:

Providence, RI: 11 miles SE
Warwick, RI: 56 miles NE

6. Best Places to Live in Rhode Island (2011) – Cumberland, RI (Providence County)

Population: 34,211

Median household income (adjusted for cost of living): $76,690
Bachelor’s degree or higher (25 years and over): 33.6%
Property crime rate per 1,000 residents (burglary and auto thefts): 2.61

Distance to Familiar Cities:

Providence, RI: 14 miles S
Boston, MA: 48 miles NE

7. Best Places to Live in Rhode Island (2011) – South Kingston, RI (Washington County)

Population: 29,243

Median household income (adjusted for cost of living): $69,046
Bachelor’s degree or higher (25 years and over): 49.5%
Property crime rate per 1,000 residents (burglary and auto thefts): 2.8

Distance to Familiar Cities:

Providence, RI: 35 miles N
Newport, RI: 19 miles NE

8. Best Places to Live in Rhode Island (2011) – Little Compton, RI (Newport County)

Population: 3,540

Median household income (adjusted for cost of living): $81,458
Bachelor’s degree or higher (25 years and over): 47.5%
Property crime rate per 1,000 residents (burglary and auto thefts): 4.27

Distance to Familiar Cities:

Providence, RI: 33 miles NW
Newport, RI: 24 miles W

9. Best Places to Live in Rhode Island (2011) – Jamestown, RI (Newport County)

Population: 5,513

Median household income (adjusted for cost of living): $67,164
Bachelor’s degree or higher (25 years and over): 58.1%
Property crime rate per 1,000 residents (burglary and auto thefts): 3.11

Distance to Familiar Cities:

Providence, RI: 32 miles N
Newport, RI: 5 miles ESE

10. Best Places to Live in Rhode Island (2011) – Scituate, RI (Providence County)

Population: 10,860

Median household income (adjusted for cost of living): $75,913
Bachelor’s degree or higher (25 years and over): 28.8%
Property crime rate per 1,000 residents (burglary and auto thefts): 1.84

Distance to Familiar Cities:

Providence, RI: 13 miles ENE
Warwick, RI: 18 miles SE

11. Best Places to Live in Rhode Island (2011) – North Smithfield, RI (Providence County)

Population: 11,341

Median household income (adjusted for cost of living): $81,551
Bachelor’s degree or higher (25 years and over): 28.4%
Property crime rate per 1,000 residents (burglary and auto thefts): 3.01

Distance to Familiar Cities:

Providence, RI: 14 miles SSE
Warwick, RI: 55 miles NE

12. Best Places to Live in Rhode Island (2011) – West Greenwich, RI (Kent County)

Population: 6,249

Median household income (adjusted for cost of living): $86,507
Bachelor’s degree or higher (25 years and over): 29.6%
Property crime rate per 1,000 residents (burglary and auto thefts): 3.98

Distance to Familiar Cities:

Providence, RI: 27 miles NE
Warwick, RI: 21 miles NE

13. Best Places to Live in Rhode Island (2011) – Portsmouth, RI (Chittenden County)

Population: 17,006

Median household income (adjusted for cost of living): $64,914
Bachelor’s degree or higher (25 years and over): 46.0%
Property crime rate per 1,000 residents (burglary and auto thefts): 3.61

Distance to Familiar Cities:

Providence, RI: 25 miles NNE
Newport, RI: 9 miles SSW

14. Best Places to Live in Rhode Island (2011) – Charlestown, RI (Washington County)

Population: 8,135

Median household income (adjusted for cost of living): $74,005
Bachelor’s degree or higher (25 years and over): 38.2%
Property crime rate per 1,000 residents (burglary and auto thefts): 4.09

Distance to Familiar Cities:

Providence, RI: 38 miles NNE
Newport, RI: 28 miles NE

15. Best Places to Live in Rhode Island (2011) – North Kingston, RI (Washington County)

Population: 26,710

Median household income (adjusted for cost of living): $71,776
Bachelor’s degree or higher (25 years and over): 45.7%
Property crime rate per 1,000 residents (burglary and auto thefts): 4.13

Distance to Familiar Cities:

Providence, RI: 30 miles NNE
Newport, RI: 16 miles E

16. Best Places to Live in Rhode Island (2011) – Richmond, RI (Washington County)

Population: 7,668

Median household income (adjusted for cost of living): $78,820
Bachelor’s degree or higher (25 years and over): 31.8%
Property crime rate per 1,000 residents (burglary and auto thefts): 4.44

Distance to Familiar Cities:

Providence, RI: 34 miles NE
Newport, RI: 26 miles E

17. Best Places to Live in Rhode Island (2011) – Foster, RI (Providence County)

Population: 4,499

Median household income (adjusted for cost of living): $75,495
Bachelor’s degree or higher (25 years and over): 32.8%
Property crime rate per 1,000 residents (burglary and auto thefts): 4.63

Distance to Familiar Cities:

Providence, RI: 20 miles E
Warwick, RI: 26 miles SE

18. Best Places to Live in Rhode Island (2011) – Bristol, RI (Bristol County)

Population: 22,502

Median household income (adjusted for cost of living): $64,792
Bachelor’s degree or higher (25 years and over): 31.8%
Property crime rate per 1,000 residents (burglary and auto thefts): 3.07

Distance to Familiar Cities:

Providence, RI: 16 miles NNW
Newport, RI: 15 miles SSW

19. Best Places to Live in Rhode Island (2011) – Lincoln, RI (Providence County)

Population: 22,010

Median household income (adjusted for cost of living): $72,164
Bachelor’s degree or higher (25 years and over): 32.1%
Property crime rate per 1,000 residents (burglary and auto thefts): 4.29

Distance to Familiar Cities:

Providence, RI: 9 miles SSE
Boston, MA: 44 miles NE

20. Best Places to Live in Rhode Island (2011) – Narragansett, RI (Washington County)

Population: 16,578

Median household income (adjusted for cost of living): $49,747
Bachelor’s degree or higher (25 years and over): 48.3%
Property crime rate per 1,000 residents (burglary and auto thefts): 5.4

Distance to Familiar Cities:

Providence, RI: 31 miles N
Newport, RI: 15 miles NE

*In some cases, municipalities do not report their crime statistics to the FBI or they contract for services with the state or a county law enforcement agency. For those towns, crime rates are extrapolated from municipal, county, state, or contiguous municipality data.

The sources used in support of this article include the latest 1, 3, and 5-year estimates from the U.S. Census and the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report.

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Source(s):

“All Cities in Rhode Island” City-Data.com
“2009 ACS 1-year Estimates,” U.S. Census Bureau
“2007-2009 ACS 3-year Estimates,” U.S. Census Bureau
“2006-2008 ACS 3-year Estimates,” U.S. Census Bureau
“2005-2009 ACS 5-Year Estimates,” U.S. Census Bureau
“Uniform Crime Report,” Federal Bureau of Investigation