Introduction to North Smithfield, Rhode Island

North Smithfield, Rhode Island, in Providence county, is 11 miles NW of Pawtucket, Rhode Island (center to center) and 36 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts.The town is conveniently located inside the Providence - Fall River - Warwick metropolitan area. There are an estimated 10,618 people in North Smithfield.

North Smithfield History

North Smithfield was settled by British colonists in the 17th century. It was named after Smithfield, England. The town was officially incorporated in 1871. A Quaker Colony was developed in the present day Town of North Smithfield in the early 18th century. The town also has several historic places such as the village of Slatersville, the first industrial mill village in America; Peleg Arnold Tavern, built in 1690; and the Forestdale Mill Village Historic District.

North Smithfield and nearby Attractions

  • Historic Union Village
  • Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor
  • Slatersville Village Green
  • Museum of Work and Culture
  • Smith-Ballou House
  • World War II Memorial State Park

Things To Do In North Smithfield

North Smithfield is home to the North Smithfield Wildlife Marsh. One can also visit the Slatersville Village Green, Forestdale Mill Village Historic District, and Union Village Historic District. The town also offers easy access to Lincoln Woods State Park, Museum of Work and Culture, World War II Memorial State Park, and Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor. The Slatersville Plaza Shopping Center and Park Square Plaza Shopping Center are the local shopping centers.

North Smithfield Transportation

Flights are available from Theodore Francis Green State Airport.

North Smithfield Higher Education

Opportunities for higher education are offered at Bryant College, Rhode Island College, Brown University, and several other colleges and universities.


Total Population 12,106
Male Share of the Population 45.5%
Female Share of the Population 54.5%
Senior Citizens 21.7%
Employed Population 16+ 6,289
Age of the Population 47


% of people married 54.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 28.6%
Median Earnings25+ $46,428
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $9,107
Median Earnings With High School Degree $33,351


Median Family Income $94,969
% Above Poverty Level 95.4%
% Below Poverty Level 4.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 4.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%


People Living Alone 24.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,033
Median House Value $281,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 6.3%
US/American 0.3%
English 12%
Irish 15.6%

North Smithfield Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 11 miles NW of Pawtucket, Rhode Island (center to center)
Nearest Large City 36 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Providence
Metro Area Providence - Fall River - Warwick
Standard Zip Codes 02896
P.O. Box Zip Codes 02824
Phone Area Codes 401
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.977
Longitude -71.561

North Smithfield Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 12.5 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
Distance 17.5 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 35 F
Apr Temp 33 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 51.2 inches
Station WALPOLE 2
Distance 20.6 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 36 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, North Smithfield, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Forestdale (02824)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Burrillville 16,108 $74,019
Cumberland 33,930 $89,092
Glocester 9,844 $90,177
Lincoln 21,300 $87,137
Smithfield 21,478 $86,485
Woonsocket 41,136 $45,277

North Smithfield Public Libraries

North Smithfield Public Library
North Smithfield, Rhode Island
(401) 767-2780

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Student/teacher ratio: 8.5

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