Introduction to East Greenwich, Rhode Island

East Greenwich, Rhode Island, in Kent county, is 3 miles SW of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center) and 52 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts.The town is conveniently located inside the Providence - Fall River - Warwick metropolitan area. There are an estimated 12,948 people in East Greenwich.

East Greenwich History

East Greenwich was officially incorporated in 1677. The town was named after the town of Greenwich, England. The land was given to King Charles II of England in 1644 by the Pequot Indians. The Town Hall of East Greenwich was built in 1804 and was originally named as Kent County Courthouse. The town served as one of five capitals of Rhode Island until 1854. It is also the birthplace of the American Navy, which was established by a resolution passed on June 12, 1775, by the Rhode Island General Assembly.

East Greenwich and nearby Attractions

  • Varnum House Museum
  • England Wireless & Steam Museum
  • Roger Williams Park Zoo
  • Haines Memorial State Park
  • Yawgoo Valley
  • Goddard Memorial State Park

Things To Do In East Greenwich

While staying in East Greenwich, one can spend their leisure time at the Davis Memorial Wildlife Refuge. The East Greenwich Historic District is also worth visiting. It is also home to the New England Wireless and Steam Museum and Varnum Military Museum. The town has several houses of worship including East Greenwich Baptist Church, East Greenwich United Methodist Church, and Saint Lukes Episcopal Church.

East Greenwich Transportation

Theodore Francis Green State Airport is nearby.

East Greenwich Higher Education

Community College of Rhode Island and New England Institute of Technology are the nearest colleges.


Total Population 13,114
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 15.8%
Employed Population 16+ 6,094
Age of the Population 44


% of people married 58.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 59.4%
Median Earnings25+ $60,550
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $25,357
Median Earnings With High School Degree $36,463


Median Family Income $132,321
% Above Poverty Level 93.5%
% Below Poverty Level 6.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 5.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.6%
% Using Public Transportation 1.9%


People Living Alone 29.1%
Median Gross Rent $897
Median House Value $413,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.9%
US/American 0.6%
English 13.9%
Irish 25%

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

East Greenwich Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles SW of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center)
Nearest Large City 52 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Kent
Metro Area Providence - Fall River - Warwick
Standard Zip Codes 02818
Phone Area Codes 401
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.66
Longitude -71.456

East Greenwich Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 4.1 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 12.4 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 19.4 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cranston 80,761 $78,125
Exeter 6,691 $99,904
North Kingstown 26,310 $100,263
Warwick 81,855 $82,937
West Greenwich 6,117 $96,765
West Warwick 28,891 $65,802

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

East Greenwich Public Libraries

East Greenwich Free Library
East Greenwich, Rhode Island
(401) 884-9510
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East Greenwich High Schools

Serves 665 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.8

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