Introduction to Barrington, Rhode Island

Barrington, Rhode Island, in Bristol county, is 6 miles NE of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center) and 44 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is considered part of the Providence - Fall River - Warwick metropolitan area. Barrington has a population of 16,819.

Barrington History

The area occupied by present day Barrington was originally part of a grant made by the King of England to members of the Mayflower party. Even now, certain parts of Barrington are known by names such as Prince's Hill, which reminds one of the land grant. The town was incorporated in 1667 and initially part of Swansea, Massachusetts. In 1711, its Baptist residents petitioned to separate from Swansea. This led to Barrington being incorporated in 1717 as an independent town.

Barrington and nearby Attractions

  • Osamequin Nature Trail
  • Veterans Memorial Park
  • Walker Farm
  • East Bay Bike Path
  • Peck Center Playground
  • Rhode Island Country Club

Things To Do In Barrington

The Town of Barrington includes four acres of waterfront that overlooks Narragansett Bay, a popular recreation spot for residents. The town parks include Haines Memorial Park which spreads over 75 acres, has picnic sites, athletic fields, a boat dock, and launching ramp.

Barrington Transportation

Logan International Airport is the nearest major airport.

Barrington Higher Education

Roger Williams University, Brown University, Johnson & Wales University, and Rhode Island School of Design provide programs for higher studies.


Total Population 16,290
Male Share of the Population 47%
Female Share of the Population 53%
Senior Citizens 16%
Employed Population 16+ 7,880
Age of the Population 45


% of people married 64.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 67.5%
Median Earnings25+ $61,530
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $53,438
Median Earnings With High School Degree $35,179


Median Family Income $128,802
% Above Poverty Level 98.2%
% Below Poverty Level 1.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 7.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation 2.7%


People Living Alone 22.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,325
Median House Value $399,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.3%
US/American 0.6%
English 17.5%
Irish 25%

Barrington Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles NE of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center)
Nearest Large City 44 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts
County Bristol
Metro Area Providence - Fall River - Warwick
Standard Zip Codes 02806
Phone Area Codes 401
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.74
Longitude -71.309

Barrington Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 6.6 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 37 F
Apr Temp 39 to 58 F
Jul Temp 64 to 83 F
Oct Temp 43 to 63 F
Annual Precip 46.4 inches
Distance 16.8 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 38 F
Apr Temp 39 to 54 F
Jul Temp 64 to 78 F
Oct Temp 48 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46 inches
Distance 20.5 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 38 F
Apr Temp 37 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 63 F
Annual Precip 49.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bristol 22,493 $82,603
Cranston 80,680 $75,923
East Providence 47,166 $63,484
Providence 178,562 $43,319
Warren 10,555 $66,287
Warwick 82,065 $78,263

Barrington Public Libraries

Barrington Public Library
Barrington, Rhode Island
(401) 247-1920
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Student/teacher ratio: 13.9

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