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Overview

Introduction to Narragansett, Rhode Island

Narragansett, Rhode Island, in Washington county, is 17 miles S of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center) and 66 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts.The town is included in the Providence - Fall River - Warwick metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 16,361 people lived in Narragansett.

Narragansett History

Narragansett was originally inhabited by the Narragansett Indians. It was first settled by the Europeans in the late 1600s. The town derived its named from an Algonquian term meaning "back and fort." Some also believe the term means "people of the point." In the mid 1800s, the area became a popular summer recreation spot due to its various sandy beaches. The Narragansett's first hotel was built in 1856. The town was incorporated in 1901.

Narragansett and nearby Attractions

  • Narragansett Town Beach
  • South County Museum
  • Point Judith Lighthouse
  • Canonchet Farm
  • Roger W. Wheeler State Beach
  • Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge

Things To Do In Narragansett

Narragansett is home to several beaches and is famous for its summer recreation. Some of the beaches are Scarborough State Beach, Narragansett Town Beach, Roger Wheeler State Beach, Sand Hill Cove State Beach, Dunes Club Beach, Salty Brine State Beach, and Bonnet Shores Beach. One can also visit the South County Museum. Salt Pond Shopping Center is the local shopping center.

Narragansett Transportation

Theodore Francis Green State Airport can be reached within several minutes.

Narragansett Higher Education

University of Rhode Island, Roger Williams University, Community College of Rhode Island, and several other colleges and universities provide higher educational facilities.

People

Total Population 15,719
Male Share of the Population 50.4%
Female Share of the Population 49.6%
Senior Citizens 21.2%
Employed Population 16+ 8,204
Age of the Population 43

Families

% of people married 43.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 60%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $106,961
% Above Poverty Level 84.5%
% Below Poverty Level 15.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 3.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 34.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,176
Median House Value $384,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 6%
US/American 0.2%
English 16.1%
Irish 27.9%

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

Narragansett Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 17 miles S of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center)
Nearest Large City 66 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts
County Washington
Metro Area Providence - Fall River - Warwick
Standard Zip Codes 02874, 02879, 02882
Phone Area Codes 401
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.45
Longitude -71.461

Narragansett 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 KINGSTON
Distance 4.4 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
Station NEWPORT ROSE
Distance 6.7 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 NORTH FOSTER 1 E
Distance 31 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, Narragansett, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bonnet Shores (02882)

East Matunuck (02879)

Galilee (02882)

Green Hill (02879)

Jerusalem (02879)

Matunuck (02879)

Peace Dale (02879)

Point Judith (02882)

Saunderstown (02874)

Wakefield (02879)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Jamestown 5,464 $101,834
Kingston 6,969 $112,353
Newport 24,459 $82,917
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/.

Narragansett Public Libraries

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Narragansett Public Library
35 KINGSTOWN ROAD
Narragansett, Rhode Island
(401) 789-9507

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Narragansett High Schools

NARRAGANSETT HIGH SCHOOL
245 SOUTH PIER ROAD
401-792-9400
Serves 506 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11

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Historic Narragansett

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Hotel Gladstone between 1880 and 1899

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Hotel Gladstone between 1880 and 1899

Hotel Mathewson between 1880 and 1899

Hotel (New) Mathewson between 1900 and 1910

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