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Overview

Introduction to Jamestown, Rhode Island

Jamestown, Rhode Island, in Newport county, is 14 miles S of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center) and 61 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is included in the Providence - Fall River - Warwick metropolitan area.

Jamestown History

Original settlers of the area, who arrived at the end of the last ice age, established camps by the rivers and streams. By 1300 B.C., Jamestown was home to numerous Native Americans. Formerly known as Conanicut Island, the area was inhabited by the Narragansett Indians, who used the island as a sacred burial ground. The Indians sold it to the English in 1657 and it was incorporated as Jamestown in 1678. It was named in honor of James, Duke of York, who went on to become King James II in 1685.

Jamestown and Nearby Attractions

  • Beavertail State Park
  • Jamestown Museum
  • Sydney L. Wright Museum
  • Brenton Point State Park
  • Jamestown Windmill

Things To Do In Jamestown

People may visit popular historical sites and museums near Jamestown, like Watson Farm, Newport Art Museum, Jamestown Museum, and Sydney L. Wright Museum. There are several parks near Jamestown that offer opportunities for recreation including Fort Adams State Park, Beavertail State Park, and Brenton Point State Park. Opportunities to play golf are available at the Jamestown Golf Course.

Jamestown Transportation

Air transportation is available at New Bedford Regional airport.

Jamestown Higher Education

Colleges nearby include Salve Regina University, Bristol Community College, Roger Williams University, and The University of Rhode Island.

People

Total Population 5,464
Male Share of the Population 51.9%
Female Share of the Population 48.1%
Senior Citizens 19.1%
Employed Population 16+ 2,726
Age of the Population 50

Families

% of people married 60.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 64.2%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $101,834
% Above Poverty Level 93%
% Below Poverty Level 7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 7.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.5%
% Using Public Transportation 1.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 28.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,639
Median House Value $516,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.2%
US/American 0.5%
English 17%
Irish 27.7%

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

Jamestown Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 14 miles S of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center)
Nearest Large City 61 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts
County Newport
Metro Area Providence - Fall River - Warwick
Standard Zip Codes 02835
Phone Area Codes 401
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.496
Longitude -71.367

Jamestown Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station NEWPORT ROSE
Distance 0.9 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
Station NEW BEDFORD
Distance 24.4 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 56 F
Jul Temp 65 to 83 F
Oct Temp 46 to 63 F
Annual Precip 50.7 inches
Station BLOCK ISLAND STATE AP
Distance 25.4 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Kingston 6,969 $112,353
Middletown 16,057 $80,954
Narragansett 15,719 $106,961
Newport 24,459 $82,917
North Kingstown 26,310 $100,263
South Kingstown 30,577 $93,358

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

Jamestown Public Libraries

Library
Jamestown Philomenian Library
26 NORTH ROAD
Jamestown, Rhode Island
(401) 423-7280
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