Introduction to Hopkinton, Rhode Island

Hopkinton, Rhode Island, in Washington county, is 25 miles SW of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center) and 72 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the New London - Norwich metropolitan area. Hopkinton has a population of approximately 7,836.

Hopkinton History

Hopkinton is named for one of the signatories of the Declaration of Independance, Stephen Hopkins. The historic town, which was incorporated in 1757, contains the villages of Rockville, Ashaway, Hope Valley, and Bradford. Among the notable residents of the town are Billy Gilman, the youngest country western star and John Wilbur, Quaker minister. The town is part of Washington County, which was originally known by the name Kings County and became Washington County in 1781. In Rhode Island, Washington County is also known by the name South County.

Hopkinton and Nearby Attractions

  • Enchanted Forest
  • Fort Griswold State Park
  • Tomaquag Museum
  • Monte Cristo Cottage
  • Mystic Aquarium
  • Roger Williams Park Zoo

Things To Do In Hopkinton

Some of the popular attractions near Hopkinton are Foxwoods Resort & Casino, Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, Essex Steam Train, and Fall River Carousel. Opportunities for recreation are available at Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge, Misquamicut State Beach, and Goddard Memorial State Park. Mountain biking, hiking, camping, and fishing may be enjoyed at Hopeville Pond State Park. The exhibits at Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center portray the life and history of Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. Museums including Prudence Crandall Museum, U.S. Coast Guard Museum, and South County Museum may also be visited.

Hopkinton Transportation

Flights are available at Westerly State Airport.

Hopkinton Higher Education

Colleges closest to Hopkinton include the University of Rhode Island, Mitchell College, and Three Rivers Community College.


Total Population 8,144
Male Share of the Population 52.1%
Female Share of the Population 47.9%
Senior Citizens 15.5%
Employed Population 16+ 4,803
Age of the Population 47


% of people married 55.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26.6%
Median Earnings25+ $40,152
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $32,153
Median Earnings With High School Degree $35,773


Median Family Income $82,628
% Above Poverty Level 96.2%
% Below Poverty Level 3.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 3.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%


People Living Alone 26.8%
Median Gross Rent $774
Median House Value $260,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 11%
US/American 0.9%
English 20.4%
Irish 16.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2014, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Hopkinton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 25 miles SW of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center)
Nearest Large City 72 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Washington
Metro Area New London - Norwich
Standard Zip Codes 02804, 02832, 02833
P.O. Box Zip Codes 02873
Phone Area Codes 401
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.461
Longitude -71.778

Hopkinton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 12.8 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 22.3 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 27 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Rockville (02873)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Charlestown 7,788 $80,318
Kingston 7,136 $121,875
Richmond 7,648 $100,795
South Kingstown 30,546 $96,414
West Greenwich 6,118 $93,207
Westerly 22,727 $73,132

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2014, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Hopkinton Public Libraries

Ashaway Free Library
Hopkinton, Rhode Island
(401) 377-2770
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Langworthy Public Library
Hopkinton, Rhode Island
(401) 539-2851
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