Introduction to North Kingstown, Rhode Island

North Kingstown, Rhode Island, in Washington county, is 9 miles S of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center) and 59 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts.Part of the surrounding Providence - Fall River - Warwick metro area, the town is not an isolated town. North Kingstown is home to some 26,326 residents.

North Kingstown History

North Kingstown was first settled in 1637 by Roger Williams. He established a temporary trading post in this area. It was originally part of Kings Towne, which was founded in 1674. It became a separate town in 1722. It was primarily an agricultural community. The Textile revolution began in this area in the 19th century. The town is the birthplace of Gilbert Stuart, the famous American portraitist.

North Kingstown and nearby Attractions

  • Casey Farm
  • Smith's Castle
  • Gilbert Stuart Birthplace
  • Quonset Aviation Museum
  • Seabee Museum and Memorial Park
  • Fort Wetherill State Park

Things To Do In North Kingstown

North Kingstown is home to Davis Memorial Wildlife Refuge and Devil's Foot Rock. You can also visit the Historic Wickford Village, Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum, and Smith's Castle. Golf lovers can spend their leisure time at the North Kingstown Municipal Golf Course. The Wickford Commons Mall, Kingstown Plaza Shopping Center, Yorktown Shopping Center, North Kingston Shopping Center, and Frenchtown Plaza Shopping Center are ideal places for shopping.

North Kingstown Transportation

Theodore Francis Green State Airport is the nearest airport.

North Kingstown Higher Education

Community College of Rhode Island, University of Rhode Island, and New England Institute of Technology are some of the nearby colleges and universities.


Total Population 26,310
Male Share of the Population 48.9%
Female Share of the Population 51.1%
Senior Citizens 16%
Employed Population 16+ 13,417
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 57%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 49.9%
Median Earnings25+ $50,011
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,122
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,309


Median Family Income $100,263
% Above Poverty Level 91.2%
% Below Poverty Level 8.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 4.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.3%
% Using Public Transportation 1.7%


People Living Alone 22.5%
Median Gross Rent $964
Median House Value $313,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.2%
US/American 0.5%
English 18.8%
Irish 28.2%

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

North Kingstown Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 9 miles S of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center)
Nearest Large City 59 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts
County Washington
Metro Area Providence - Fall River - Warwick
Standard Zip Codes 02852, 02874
P.O. Box Zip Codes 02854
Phone Area Codes 401
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.561
Longitude -71.466

North Kingstown Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 6.4 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 7.4 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 24.3 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, North Kingstown, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Saunderstown (02874)

Wickford (02852)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
East Greenwich 13,114 $132,321
Exeter 6,691 $99,904
Jamestown 5,464 $101,834
Kingston 6,969 $112,353
Narragansett 15,719 $106,961
South Kingstown 30,577 $93,358

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

North Kingstown Public Libraries

North Kingstown Free Library
North Kingstown, Rhode Island
(401) 294-3306
Willett Free Library
North Kingstown, Rhode Island
(401) 294-2081
Davisville Free Library
North Kingstown, Rhode Island
(401) 884-5524

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Student/teacher ratio: 13.7

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