Introduction to South Kingstown, Rhode Island

South Kingstown, Rhode Island, in Washington county, is 18 miles S of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center) and 67 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts.The town is located in the Providence - Fall River - Warwick metropolitan area. South Kingstown has a population of 27,921.

South Kingstown History

South Kingstown was established in 1657. The town was incorporated in 1723. During King Phillip's War of 1675, South Kingstown was the site of the Great Swamp Fight. The town also has a number of National Historic Places such as Dewey Cottage, Kingston Village Historic District, Washington County Court House, and Silas Mumford Site.

South Kingstown and nearby Attractions

  • Tri-Pond Park
  • Museum of Primitive Art and Culture
  • Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge
  • Watson House
  • Commodore Oliver Perry Farm
  • Roger W. Wheeler State Beach

Things To Do In South Kingstown

While staying in South Kingstown, you can spend your leisure time at Roy Carpenters Beach, Willow Dell Beach, Browning Beach, East Matunuck State Beach, and South Kingstown Town Beach. You can also visit the Great Swamp Wildlife Reservation, Peace Dale Historic District, Truston Pond National Wildlife Refuge, and Kingston Village Historic District. The Wakefield Mall Shopping Center, Colonial Shopping Center, Belmont Shoppers Park Shopping Center, and Dale Carlia Shopping Center offer wonderful shopping experiences.

South Kingstown Transportation

Flights are available from Theodore Francis Green State Airport.

South Kingstown Higher Education

Higher educational facilities are provided at the University of Rhode Island, Roger Williams University, Community College of Rhode Island, and several other colleges and universities.


Total Population 30,546
Male Share of the Population 47.2%
Female Share of the Population 52.8%
Senior Citizens 16.1%
Employed Population 16+ 14,925
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 44.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 52.8%
Median Earnings25+ $46,165
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $29,375
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,016


Median Family Income $96,414
% Above Poverty Level 91.3%
% Below Poverty Level 8.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 4.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7.7%
% Using Public Transportation 2.5%


People Living Alone 28.2%
Median Gross Rent $982
Median House Value $337,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.1%
US/American 0.3%
English 15.8%
Irish 22.5%

South Kingstown Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 18 miles S of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center)
Nearest Large City 67 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts
County Washington
Metro Area Providence - Fall River - Warwick
Standard Zip Codes 02879, 02892
P.O. Box Zip Codes 02883
Phone Area Codes 401
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.45
Longitude -71.54

South 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 2.3 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 10.4 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 29.4 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, South Kingstown, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

East Matunuck (02879)

Green Hill (02879)

Jerusalem (02879)

Matunuck (02879)

Peace Dale (02879, 02883)

Wakefield (02879, 02883)

West Kingston (02892)

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 7,788 $80,318
Exeter 6,673 $106,435
Kingston 7,136 $121,875
Narragansett 15,786 $101,397
North Kingstown 26,404 $102,561
Richmond 7,648 $100,795

South Kingstown Public Libraries

South Kingstown Public Library
South Kingstown, Rhode Island
(401) 789-1555

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Student/teacher ratio: 13

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