Introduction to Burrillville, Rhode Island

Burrillville, Rhode Island, in Providence county, is 15 miles NW of Pawtucket, Rhode Island (center to center) and 40 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts.The town is included in the Providence - Fall River - Warwick metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 15,796 people lived in Burrillville.

Burrillville History

Burrillville was first settled around 1662. Originally, it was part of the Town of Glocester, which was incorporated in 1731. The Saulsbury family members and John Smith were some of the area's early settlers. On November 17, 1806, Burrillville was incorporated as a separate town. It was named after James Burrill, Jr., the then Attorney General of Rhode Island. Joktan Putnam became the first Town moderator.

Burrillville and nearby Attractions

  • Quaddick State Park
  • Museum of Work and Culture
  • Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor
  • Old Sturbridge Village
  • Slater Mill Historic Site
  • Smith-Appleby House Museum

Things To Do In Burrillville

You can visit Casimir Pulaski Memorial State Park while staying in Burrillville. One can also plan a trip to Spring Lake Beach, Gillerans Pond Beach, Flynns Beach, and YWCA Beach. You can enjoy fishing at the Round Top Fishing Area. The town also offers easy access to various museums and historic sites such as the Brooklyn Historical Society Museum, Prudence Crandall Museum, Huntington Homestead, Roger Williams National Memorial, and Museum of Work and Culture.

Burrillville Transportation

Flights can be availed from Worcester Regional Airport.

Burrillville Higher Education

Bryant College and Providence College are the nearest colleges.


Total Population 16,170
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 14.8%
Employed Population 16+ 7,823
Age of the Population 46


% of people married 51%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.7%
Median Earnings25+ $42,622
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $27,750
Median Earnings With High School Degree $36,609


Median Family Income $80,000
% Above Poverty Level 90.3%
% Below Poverty Level 9.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%


People Living Alone 24%
Median Gross Rent $916
Median House Value $227,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 5.9%
US/American 0%
English 13.6%
Irish 21.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Burrillville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 15 miles NW of Pawtucket, Rhode Island (center to center)
Nearest Large City 40 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Providence
Metro Area Providence - Fall River - Warwick
Standard Zip Codes 02830
Phone Area Codes 401
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.97
Longitude -71.65

Burrillville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 9.3 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 35 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 61 to 81 F
Oct Temp 40 to 61 F
Annual Precip 53.1 inches
Distance 23.8 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 31 F
Apr Temp 36 to 54 F
Jul Temp 61 to 79 F
Oct Temp 41 to 58 F
Annual Precip 49 inches
Station WALPOLE 2
Distance 24.6 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 36 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Burrillville, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Glendale (02826)

Mapleville (02839)

Oakland (02858)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Foster 4,671 $87,778
Glocester 9,897 $90,960
North Smithfield 12,159 $93,920
Scituate 10,450 $100,340
Smithfield 21,513 $81,790
Woonsocket 41,213 $45,986

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Burrillville Public Libraries

Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library
Burrillville, Rhode Island
(401) 568-8244

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