Introduction to Tiverton, Rhode Island

Tiverton, Rhode Island, in Newport county, is 6 miles SW of Fall River, Massachusetts (center to center) and 51 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts.The town is located in the Providence - Fall River - Warwick metropolitan area. Tiverton has a population of 15,260.

Tiverton History

Tiverton was initially incorporated in 1694 and was part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. It was ceded to Rhode Island in 1746. Later in 1747, it was reincorporated as a town of Rhode Island. It was named after the Village of Tiverton in England. Although it was primarily a farming community, a small number of residents were also involved in fishing and boat construction. Another chief industrial pursuit of the area was the manufacturing of menhaden oil. Cotton and woolen mills were also established in the town in 1811.

Tiverton and nearby Attractions

  • Ruecker Wildlife Refuge
  • Chase-Cory House
  • Fort Barton
  • Marine Museum at Fall River
  • Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
  • Newport Butterfly Zoo

Things To Do In Tiverton

While in Tiverton, one can visit Fogland Beach, which provides an excellent windsurfing area. You can also enjoy a wonderful view of the Portsmouth shoreline and Sakonnet River from the beach. Grinnell's Beach is also worth visiting. The Seapowet Marsh and Point Fishing Area has various coastal habitats and is popular for shellfishing. Shopping can be enjoyed at the Grand Central Shopping Center.

Tiverton Transportation

Air transportation is available from Theodore Francis Green State Airport.

Tiverton Higher Education

Roger Williams University, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, and Bristol Community College are some of the nearby universities and colleges.


Total Population 15,805
Male Share of the Population 48.3%
Female Share of the Population 51.7%
Senior Citizens 20.5%
Employed Population 16+ 8,128
Age of the Population 48


% of people married 59.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 32%
Median Earnings25+ $44,912
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,227
Median Earnings With High School Degree $33,145


Median Family Income $85,807
% Above Poverty Level 94%
% Below Poverty Level 6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.9%


People Living Alone 25.8%
Median Gross Rent $880
Median House Value $264,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.6%
US/American 0%
English 14.2%
Irish 20.1%

Tiverton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles SW of Fall River, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 51 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts
County Newport
Metro Area Providence - Fall River - Warwick
Standard Zip Codes 02878
Phone Area Codes 401
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.625
Longitude -71.213

Tiverton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 11.2 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 14.5 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 56 F
Jul Temp 65 to 83 F
Oct Temp 46 to 63 F
Annual Precip 50.7 inches
Distance 18.8 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 38 F
Apr Temp 37 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 63 F
Annual Precip 49.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bristol 22,493 $82,603
Little Compton 3,491 $108,438
Middletown 16,081 $86,890
Newport 24,599 $86,139
Portsmouth 17,352 $99,575
Warren 10,555 $66,287

Tiverton Public Libraries

Essex Public Library
Tiverton, Rhode Island
(401) 625-6796
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Student/teacher ratio: 12.9

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