Introduction to Charlestown, Rhode Island

Charlestown, Rhode Island, in Washington county, is 24 miles SW of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center) and 73 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. Part of the surrounding Providence - Fall River - Warwick metro area, the town is not an isolated and is home to some 7,859 residents.

Charlestown History

Charlestown, which was incorporated in 1738, was named in honor of King Charles II. The area that is now Charlestown was initially part of Westerly town but was divided and the area that lies to the north of Pawcatuck River came to be known as Richmond town in 1747. Washington County, in which the town is located, was subjected to conflicting land claims in the late 1650s. These land claims over the Narragansett County were adjudicated by a royal commission under Charles II in 1664.

Charlestown and Nearby Attractions

  • Ninigret Park
  • Foster Cove Archeological Site
  • Smith Castle
  • Commodore Oliver Perry Farm
  • Mystic Aquarium
  • Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum

Things To Do In Charlestown

Roger Williams Park Zoo, Buttonwood Park Zoo, and Capron Park Zoo may be visited, especially with little kids. Other places of interest near Charlestown are Foxwoods Resort & Casino and Fall River Carousel. Scarborough North & South Beaches, Charlestown Breachway, and East Beach are popular places that may be visited. Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge houses varied wildlife including a number of endangered plant and animal species. Recreational opprtunities such as fishing, boating, hunting, birding, hiking, and wildlife viewing are also offered here. Historic sites near the town include Hammersmith Farm, Gilbert Stuart Birthplace, and Touro Synagogue National Historic Site.

Charlestown Transportation

Block Island State Airport is located nearby.

Charlestown Higher Education

University of Rhode Island, Salve Regina University, and Roger Williams University are universities closest to Charlestown.


Total Population 7,772
Male Share of the Population 52.5%
Female Share of the Population 47.5%
Senior Citizens 20%
Employed Population 16+ 3,695
Age of the Population 47


% of people married 64.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 38.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $86,296
% Above Poverty Level 87.5%
% Below Poverty Level 12.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 6.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.8%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%


People Living Alone 19.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,168
Median House Value $297,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12%
US/American 0.1%
English 22.1%
Irish 27.4%

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

Charlestown Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 24 miles SW of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center)
Nearest Large City 73 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Washington
Metro Area Providence - Fall River - Warwick
Standard Zip Codes 02813
Phone Area Codes 401
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.383
Longitude -71.642

Charlestown Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 8.9 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 38 F
Apr Temp 36 to 57 F
Jul Temp 60 to 81 F
Oct Temp 40 to 64 F
Annual Precip 51.8 inches
Distance 15.3 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 39 F
Apr Temp 41 to 53 F
Jul Temp 64 to 77 F
Oct Temp 49 to 62 F
Annual Precip 39.7 inches
Distance 17.2 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Kenyon (02836)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Hopkinton 8,123 $81,394
Kingston 6,969 $112,353
Narragansett 15,719 $106,961
Richmond 7,624 $97,432
South Kingstown 30,577 $93,358
Westerly 22,683 $73,108

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

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Cross' Mills Public Library
Charlestown, Rhode Island
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