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Overview

Introduction to Johnston, Rhode Island

Johnston, Rhode Island, in Providence county, is 4 miles NW of Cranston, Rhode Island (center to center) and 43 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts.The town is part of the Providence - Fall River - Warwick metropolitan statistical area (MSA). About 28,195 people live in Johnston.

Johnston History

Johnston was initially part of the town of Providence. Later in 1758, it was separated from the town and incorporated on March 6, 1759. It was named after August Johnston, the colonial attorney general. The town's first meeting was held on April 18, 1759, in order to elect the officers. The meeting was held at the house of Benjamin Belknap.

Johnston and nearby Attractions

  • State of Rhode Island Fort Adams State Park
  • Providence Children's Museum
  • Snake Den State Park
  • Roger Williams Park Zoo
  • Smith-Appleby House Museum
  • Lincoln Woods State Park

Things To Do In Johnston

Johnston is home to Clemence Irons House, a stone-ender museum constructed in 1691. The town also has several parks such as the Johnston Memorial Park, Woodlake Park Complex, Dyerville State Park, and Woonasquatucket Park. The Westgate Shopping Center, Town Hall Center Shopping Center, and Lexington Building Shopping Center are some of the local shopping centers. The Recreation Department of Johnston also organizes several special events and programs throughout the year.

Johnston Transportation

You can reach Theodore Francis Green State Airport within several minutes.

Johnston Higher Education

Rhode Island College, Bryant College, and Providence College are close to the town.

People

Total Population 29,095
Male Share of the Population 47.3%
Female Share of the Population 52.7%
Senior Citizens 20%
Employed Population 16+ 15,109
Age of the Population 45

Families

% of people married 46.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22.9%
Median Earnings25+ $41,908
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $28,062
Median Earnings With High School Degree $33,685

Wealth

Median Family Income $84,741
% Above Poverty Level 91.9%
% Below Poverty Level 8.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 1.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 32.6%
Median Gross Rent $887
Median House Value $212,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.3%
US/American 0.3%
English 7%
Irish 15.2%

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

Johnston Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles NW of Cranston, Rhode Island (center to center)
Nearest Large City 43 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Providence
Metro Area Providence - Fall River - Warwick
Standard Zip Codes 02919
Phone Area Codes 401
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.82
Longitude -71.5

Johnston 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 PROVIDENCE GREEN AP
Distance 7.9 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
Station NORTH FOSTER 1 E
Distance 12.2 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
Station WEST THOMPSON LAKE
Distance 22.5 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 35 F
Apr Temp 33 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 51.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cranston 80,761 $78,125
East Providence 47,266 $62,457
North Providence 32,291 $71,592
Pawtucket 71,395 $49,440
Providence 178,680 $44,342
Scituate 10,450 $100,340

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

Johnston Public Libraries

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Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library
1 MEMORIAL AVENUE
Johnston, Rhode Island
(401) 231-4980

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JOHNSTON SENIOR HIGH
345 CHERRY HILL ROAD
401-233-1920
Serves 873 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.3

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