Introduction to Smithfield, Rhode Island

Smithfield, Rhode Island is 9 miles W of Pawtucket, Rhode Island (center to center) and 39 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is located in Providence county and is part of the Providence - Fall River - Warwick metro area. The population of Smithfield is 20,613.

Smithfield History

The earliest settlers, who arrived in the beginning of the 17th century, named the area after Smithfield, London. It began as a farming community with an active Quaker community that extended to South Uxbridge. In the 1800s, many mills were built in the area. The Ku Klux Klan was active during the 1920s, and the town served as the venue for frequent KKK rallies.

Smithfield and Nearby Attractions

  • Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge
  • Smith-Appleby House Museum
  • Slater Mill Historic Site
  • Goddard Memorial State Park
  • Franklin Park Zoo
  • Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Things To Do In Smithfield

There are several historically significant sites and buildings in and around the town including the Georgiaville Historic District, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and many Victorian and Federal buildings. The Georgiaville Pond Beach is a popular recreational area. Well known attractions nearby include Fall River Carousel, Garden in the Woods, New England Aquarium, and Arnold Arboretum. Lincoln Woods State Park has an outdoor ice rink, a freshwater beach, fishing spots, and hiking trails. Linden Place in Bristol, near Smithfield, was built in 1810. This federal style mansion was the filming location for the movie, 'The Great Gatsby' in 1974.

Smithfield Transportation

Flights are available at Logan International Airport.

Smithfield Higher Education

Bryant College is the local college. Nearby colleges include Providence College and Rhode Island College


Total Population 21,513
Male Share of the Population 46.4%
Female Share of the Population 53.6%
Senior Citizens 18.1%
Employed Population 16+ 10,273
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 43.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 34.3%
Median Earnings25+ $46,364
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $31,250
Median Earnings With High School Degree $35,792


Median Family Income $81,790
% Above Poverty Level 95.8%
% Below Poverty Level 4.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%


People Living Alone 28.2%
Median Gross Rent $955
Median House Value $268,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.7%
US/American 0.3%
English 11.2%
Irish 20.2%

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

Smithfield Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 9 miles W of Pawtucket, Rhode Island (center to center)
Nearest Large City 39 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Providence
Metro Area Providence - Fall River - Warwick
Standard Zip Codes 02828, 02917
Phone Area Codes 401
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.921
Longitude -71.561

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 10.2 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 16 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 38 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 60 to 84 F
Oct Temp 37 to 64 F
Annual Precip 48.7 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Esmond (02917)

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 16,170 $80,000
Glocester 9,897 $90,960
Lincoln 21,396 $86,800
North Providence 32,291 $71,592
North Smithfield 12,159 $93,920
Woonsocket 41,213 $45,986

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

Smithfield Public Libraries

East Smithfield Public Library
Smithfield, Rhode Island
(401) 231-5150
Greenville Public Library
Smithfield, Rhode Island
(401) 949-3630
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Serves 851 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.8

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