Exeter, Rhode Island

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Exeter, Rhode Island

Introduction to Exeter, Rhode Island

Exeter, Rhode Island, in Washington county, is 10 miles SW of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center) and 59 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town, which is in the Providence - Fall River - Warwick area, has 6,045 residents.

Exeter History

The area was formally home to the Narragansett Indians. The town of Exeter, which was named after the cathedral city and county town of Exeter in Devon, England, is known to be one of the sites for examples of vampire exhumation. In the 1800s, factories and mills operated in Exeter, but today the region is mainly rural.

Exeter and Nearby Attractions

  • Yawgoo Valley
  • Tomaquag Indian Memorial Museum
  • Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge
  • South County Museum
  • Queen's Fort
  • Fall River Carousel

Things To Do In Exeter

Some of the popular parks near Exeter are Fort Wetherill State Park, Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge, and Beavertail State Park. Museums like Tomaquag Indian Memorial Museum and South County Museum are other notable attractions. A trip may be planned to Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum located on Bristol Harbor. A visit to Roger Williams Park Zoo would make a good family outing.

Exeter Transportation

Flights are available from New Bedford Regional airport.

Exeter Higher Education

Colleges and universities in proximity to the town include University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, Bryant College, Brown University, and Providence College.

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High Points

Exeter strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Rhode Island):

Category Trophy
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 10% Exeter Median Family Income
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% Exeter People in Middle Class or Better

Comparative Profile of Exeter, Rhode Island

Comparing Exeter to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Rhode Island (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 8 8
Well-Paid Single Men 7 6
Well-Paid Single Women 7 5
Age of the Population 7 4
Female Share of the Population 3 3
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 5
Senior Citizens 3 2
Racial Diversity 2 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 9
Average Household Size 8 10


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 9 10
People in Middle Class or Better 9 9
College Educated Adults 8 7
People Above Poverty 7 5

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 7 8
Working at Home 7 7
Public Transportation Use 7 5
Short Commute Times 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 6
Housing Recently Built 9 10
Affordability of Rents 5 6
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 2
People Living Alone 2 1

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Exeter Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 10 miles SW of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center)
Nearest Large City 59 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Washington
Metro Area Providence - Fall River - Warwick
Standard Zip Codes 02822
Phone Area Codes 401
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.577
Longitude -71.538

Exeter Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 6.5 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 11.1 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 21.4 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
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Exeter Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 6,045 100%
Male 2,972 49.2%
Female 3,073 50.8%
Under 18 1,589 26.3%
18+ 4,456 73.7%
65+ 589 9.7%
Median Age 38.1
Average Family Size 3.15
White 5,825 96.4%
African-American 40 0.7%
Asian 45 0.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 36 0.6%
Other 20 0.3%
Mixed Race 78 1.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 77 1.3%

Estimated Exeter Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 6,298
Growth 253
Growth % 4.2%

Exeter Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
English 21.4%
Irish 15.8%
Italian 15.1%
French (except Basque) 8%
German 7.5%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.6%
US/American 4.2%
French Canadian 4%
Swedish 3.5%
Portuguese 3.1%
Polish 1.9%
Scottish 1.8%
Dutch 1.3%
Scotch-Irish 1.3%
Russian 1%
Norwegian 0.9%
Greek 0.6%
Danish 0.6%
Canadian 0.4%
European 0.3%
Swiss 0.3%
Armenian 0.3%
Scandinavian 0.3%
Ukrainian 0.3%
Cape Verdean 0.3%
Brazilian 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Finnish 0.2%
Slovene 0.2%
Cypriot 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Escoheag (02822)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Exeter 6,045 $74,157
East Greenwich 12,948 $90,221
Kingston 5,446 $66,133
North Kingstown 26,326 $69,559
Richmond 7,222 $64,688
South Kingstown 27,921 $67,912
West Greenwich 5,085 $71,332
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