Introduction to Kingston, Rhode Island

Kingston, Rhode Island, in Washington county, is 16 miles S of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center) and 65 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts. The town, which is located in the Providence - Fall River - Warwick metropolitan area, has a population of 5,446.

Kingston History

Kingston, which was formerly known as Little Rest, was named in 1826, in honor of King Charles II of England. It was also the county seat for Washington County from 1752 to 1894. In 1974, a large part of Kingston became a National Register Historical District and was called Kingston Village Historical District.

Kingston and Nearby Attractions

  • University of Rhode Island Botanical Gardens
  • Fayerweather House Museum
  • Beavertail Lighthouse Museum
  • Lorenzo Kinney Azalea Gardens
  • Historic Kenyon Grist Mill
  • Peckham Farm Animal Center

Things To Do In Kingston

Beavertail State Park and Fort Wetherill State Park provides recreational opportunities, such as boating, hiking, camping, fishing, and picnicking. The University of Rhode Island Botanical Gardens is open to the public. Museums like Fayerweather House Museum and Beavertail Lighthouse Museum may also be visited. Local celebrations include the South County Hot-Air Balloon Festival, the Chamber Music Festival, and the Jazz and World Music Festival.

Kingston Transportation

New Bedford Regional airport is nearby.

Kingston Higher Education

The University of Rhode Island has its main campus located in Kingston. Other colleges and universities nearby include Salve Regina University, Roger Williams University, and Rhode Island College.


Total Population 6,969
Male Share of the Population 45.9%
Female Share of the Population 54.1%
Senior Citizens 4.8%
Employed Population 16+ 2,542
Age of the Population 20


% of people married 13%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 63%
Median Earnings25+ $61,181
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $45,188


Median Family Income $112,353
% Above Poverty Level 76.7%
% Below Poverty Level 23.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 6.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 27.4%
% Using Public Transportation 1.9%


People Living Alone 31.9%
Median Gross Rent $948
Median House Value $326,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15.3%
US/American 0.3%
English 7.3%
Irish 16.3%

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

Kingston Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 16 miles S of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center)
Nearest Large City 65 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts
County Washington
Metro Area Providence - Fall River - Warwick
Standard Zip Codes 02881
Phone Area Codes 401
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.48
Longitude -71.523

Kingston Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.6 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 9.1 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 27.8 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, Kingston, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Wakefield (02881)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Exeter 6,691 $99,904
Jamestown 5,464 $101,834
Narragansett 15,719 $106,961
North Kingstown 26,310 $100,263
Richmond 7,624 $97,432
South Kingstown 30,577 $93,358

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

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