Introduction to Middletown, Rhode Island

Middletown, Rhode Island, in Newport county, is 12 miles SE of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center) and 57 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts. The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Providence - Fall River - Warwick metropolitan area. Middletown contains a population of approximately 17,334.

Middletown History

Before European settlement, this area was inhabited mainly by Native Americans belonging to the Narragansetts and Wampanoags tribes. According to historical sources, the earliest European to make contact with the Indians living in this area was Giovanni da Verrazano. He arrived in 1524 and stayed only for some time. However, by 1614, Dutch traders began actively conducting business with the area's natives. Middletown was established as a distinct town in 1743.

Middletown and nearby Attractions

  • Sachuest Beach
  • Norman Bird Sanctuary
  • Whitehall Museum House
  • Prescott Farm
  • Green End Fort
  • Beavertail State Park

Things To Do In Middletown

Fort Adams State Park offers an excellent array of recreational opportunities on its 105-acres. It has facilities for swimming, picnicking, and fishing. During the summer months, it serves as the venue for entertaining concerts. Fort Adams is a historically significant structure. It is a pentagon shaped fort that was constructed in the 19th century. Beavertail Lighthouse Museum is one of several delightful museums in the neighborhood.

Middletown Transportation

Martha’s Vineyard Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Middletown Higher Education

Roger Williams University, University Of Rhode Island, and Community College of Rhode Island offer courses for higher studies.


Total Population 16,081
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 17.2%
Employed Population 16+ 7,644
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 54%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 40.9%
Median Earnings25+ $42,848
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $27,109
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,030


Median Family Income $86,890
% Above Poverty Level 92.9%
% Below Poverty Level 7.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 3.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.3%
% Using Public Transportation 1.5%


People Living Alone 28.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,206
Median House Value $335,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 21.4%
US/American 0.2%
English 14.2%
Irish 29.9%

Middletown Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 12 miles SE of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center)
Nearest Large City 57 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts
County Newport
Metro Area Providence - Fall River - Warwick
Standard Zip Codes 02840, 02842
Phone Area Codes 401
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.545
Longitude -71.291

Middletown Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 4.4 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 19.5 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
Distance 25.4 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 38 F
Apr Temp 37 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 63 F
Annual Precip 49.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Jamestown 5,444 $122,321
Little Compton 3,491 $108,438
Newport 24,599 $86,139
North Kingstown 26,404 $102,561
Portsmouth 17,352 $99,575
Tiverton 15,805 $85,807

Middletown Public Libraries

Middletown Public Library
Middletown, Rhode Island
(401) 846-1573

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Student/teacher ratio: 12.8

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