Introduction to Newport, Rhode Island

Newport, Rhode Island, in Newport county, is 15 miles S of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center) and 61 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts.The city is included in the Providence - Fall River - Warwick metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 26,475 people lived in Newport.

Newport History

Newport was established in 1639. It was founded by William Coddington, Nicholas Easton, William Brenton, Jeremy Clark, John Clarke, Henry Bull, John Coggeshall, and Thomas Hazard. The city was named after Newport, England. It became the most important port of Rhode Island in the colonial period. The first public school was built in 1640. The Quaker meetinghouse of Newport, established in 1699, is Rhode Island's oldest house of worship. The city's first newspaper was published in 1732 and known as the "Rhode Island Gazette." Newport was incorporated in 1784.

Newport and nearby Attractions

  • Fort Adams State Park
  • Newport Mansions
  • Museum of Yachting
  • Touro Synagogue National Historic Site
  • Museum of Newport History
  • Fort Adams

Things To Do In Newport

Newport offers easy access to Easton Beach, Bailey Beach, Collins Beach, Gooseberry Beach, and Hazard Beach. One can also visit the Long Wharf Mall Shopping Center and Bellevue Shopping Center and enjoy a great shopping experience. The Belcourt Castle, Naval War College Museum, Newport Exploration Center Aquarium, and Newport Art Museum are also worth visiting.

Newport Transportation

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

Newport Higher Education

Salve Regina University is within the city. Other universities nearby are Roger Williams University and University of Rhode Island.


Total Population 24,599
Male Share of the Population 49.2%
Female Share of the Population 50.8%
Senior Citizens 14.6%
Employed Population 16+ 12,552
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 35.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 49.7%
Median Earnings25+ $42,699
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $14,112
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,224


Median Family Income $86,139
% Above Poverty Level 88.5%
% Below Poverty Level 11.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 7.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 16.3%
% Using Public Transportation 2.2%


People Living Alone 42.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,093
Median House Value $383,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 20.9%
US/American 0.3%
English 13.5%
Irish 26.4%

Newport Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 15 miles S of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center)
Nearest Large City 61 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts
County Newport
Metro Area Providence - Fall River - Warwick
Standard Zip Codes 02840, 02841
Phone Area Codes 401
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.49
Longitude -71.313

Newport Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 2 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 22 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 26.4 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 39 F
Apr Temp 41 to 53 F
Jul Temp 64 to 77 F
Oct Temp 49 to 62 F
Annual Precip 39.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Jamestown 5,444 $122,321
Little Compton 3,491 $108,438
Middletown 16,081 $86,890
Narragansett 15,786 $101,397
North Kingstown 26,404 $102,561
Portsmouth 17,352 $99,575

Newport Public Libraries

Newport Public Library
Newport, Rhode Island
(401) 847-8720

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Newport Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(401) 846-6400
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 13.4

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Historic Newport


Opera House c1905.

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Opera House c1905.

War College (Coasters Harbor) between 1890 and 1901

Marine Guard (War College at Coasters Harbor) between 1890 and 1901

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