Narragansett, Rhode Island

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Narragansett, Rhode Island

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.

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High Points

Narragansett strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Rhode Island):

Category Trophy
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% Narragansett College Educated Adults
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Narragansett Low Violent Crime
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Narragansett Well-Paid Single Women

Comparative Profile of Narragansett, Rhode Island

Comparing Narragansett to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Rhode Island (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Well-Paid Single Women 9 9
Well-Paid Single Men 8 8
Male Share of the Population 7 6
Age of the Population 5 3
Senior Citizens 5 5
Female Share of the Population 4 6
Racial Diversity 2 5
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 4 2
Portion of People Married 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 9 8
Median Family Income 8 8
People in Middle Class or Better 6 2
People Above Poverty 3 2

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 7 7
Public Transportation Use 7 7
Short Commute Times 3 3
Walking and Biking to Work 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 10
Housing Recently Built 7 9
People Living Alone 6 7
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 5 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 6
Affordability of Rents 3 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 9 7
Low Property Crime 8 5

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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

  • 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 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 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
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
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Narragansett Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 16,361 100%
Male 7,951 48.6%
Female 8,410 51.4%
Under 18 2,833 17.3%
18+ 13,528 82.7%
65+ 2,216 13.5%
Median Age 36.4
Average Family Size 2.86
White 15,680 95.8%
African-American 122 0.7%
Asian 124 0.8%
American Indian & Alaskan 148 0.9%
Other 55 0.3%
Mixed Race 229 1.4%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 204 1.2%

Estimated Narragansett Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 16,906
Growth 545
Growth % 3.3%

Narragansett Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Irish 26.9%
Italian 19.1%
English 12.7%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 5.5%
German 5.4%
French Canadian 4.4%
French (except Basque) 4.3%
US/American 3.5%
Polish 2.9%
Portuguese 2.2%
Scotch-Irish 2.2%
Scottish 2%
Swedish 1.7%
Russian 0.7%
Norwegian 0.5%
Dutch 0.5%
British 0.4%
Canadian 0.4%
European 0.4%
Armenian 0.4%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Greek 0.3%
Welsh 0.3%
Eastern European 0.2%
Finnish 0.2%
Northern European 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
Kenyan 0.2%
Iranian 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
Ukrainian 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Turkish 0.2%
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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 Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Narragansett 16,361 $67,571
Jamestown 5,622 $77,990
Kingston 5,446 $66,133
Newport 26,475 $54,116
North Kingstown 26,326 $69,559
Richmond 7,222 $64,688
South Kingstown 27,921 $67,912

Narragansett Public Libraries

Narragansett Public Library
Narragansett, Rhode Island
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Student/teacher ratio: 11

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