Introduction to Richmond, Rhode Island

Richmond, Rhode Island, in Washington county, is 19 miles SW of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center) and 67 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is in the New London - Norwich metropolitan area and has a population of 7,222.

Richmond History

Richmond was part of Westerly, Rhode Island from 1669 to 1747. This area was under dispute between the British colonies of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. In 1665, the charters of the three disputed colonies were dissolved by Charles II, the King of England and he renamed the area King's County. After King's County was organized into the town of Westerly in 1669, it was further organized into four areas, namely, Charlestown, Westerly, Richmond, and Hopkinton. In 1747, Richmond was incorporated as a distinct town.

Richmond and Nearby Attractions

  • Colt State Park
  • Fort Adams
  • Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
  • Mystic Aquarium
  • Fall River Carousel
  • Tomaquag Museum

Things To Do In Richmond

There are several museums in the area around Richmond, such as South County Museum, Smith Castle, Beavertail Lighthouse Museum, and Herreshoff Marine Museum. Activities like swimming, hiking, picnicking, camping, and fishing may be enjoyed at Hopeville Pond State Park, Fort Adams State Park, Burlingame State Park, and Fort Wetherill State Park. Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge is home to endangered animals, such as birds, and plants. Wildlife watching is a popular activity at the wildlife refuge. Other frequently visited destinations nearby are Foxwoods Resort & Casino, Capron Park Zoo, and Roger Williams Park Zoo.

Richmond Transportation

Air transportation is available at Westerly State Airport.

Richmond Higher Education

Johnson & Wales University, Salve Regina University, and the University of Rhode Island are located nearby.


Total Population 7,624
Male Share of the Population 48.2%
Female Share of the Population 51.8%
Senior Citizens 10.9%
Employed Population 16+ 4,200
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 64.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 37.8%
Median Earnings25+ $45,000
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $32,868
Median Earnings With High School Degree $35,614


Median Family Income $97,432
% Above Poverty Level 95.8%
% Below Poverty Level 4.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 15%
Median Gross Rent $1,099
Median House Value $273,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.4%
US/American 0.3%
English 20.2%
Irish 16.9%

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

Richmond Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 19 miles SW of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center)
Nearest Large City 67 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Washington
Metro Area New London - Norwich
Standard Zip Codes 02812, 02832, 02836, 02875, 02892, 02898
Phone Area Codes 401
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.48
Longitude -71.64

Richmond Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 5.5 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 15.1 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 26 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, Richmond, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Carolina (02812)

Kenyon (02836)

Shannock (02875)

West Kingston (02892)

Wyoming (02898)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Charlestown 7,772 $86,296
Exeter 6,691 $99,904
Hopkinton 8,123 $81,394
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/.

Richmond Public Libraries

Clark Memorial Library
Richmond, Rhode Island
(401) 364-6100
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Student/teacher ratio: 16.1


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