Introduction to West Greenwich, Rhode Island

West Greenwich, Rhode Island, in Kent county, is 11 miles SW of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center) and 58 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town, which benefits from easy access to nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Providence - Fall River - Warwick metropolitan area, has a population of approximately 5,085.

West Greenwich History

West Greenwich was separated from the vacant Narragansett country tract by a deed in 1709. In 1740, a petition was submitted to Governor Richard Ward to establish a separate town. West Greenwich was incorporated as a town in 1741, by request of freemen in the area. It was named after Greenwich, Kent in England.

West Greenwich and Nearby Attractions

  • Tomaquag Museum
  • Goddard Memorial State Park
  • Hidden Meadows Farm
  • Museum of Natural History
  • Stepping Stone Ranch
  • Harmony Homestead

Things To Do In West Greenwich

While at West Greenwich, people may visit nearby museums like South County Museum, Tomaquag Museum, and the Museum of Natural History. Other interesting places include Leyden Tree Farm, Hidden Meadows Farm, Arcadia Management Area, and Step Stone Falls. There are recreational opportunities available at parks like Beavertail State Park, and Goddard Memorial State Park. Hopeville Pond State Park provides opportunities for camping, mountain biking, boating, fishing, hiking, and picnicking.

West Greenwich Transportation

New Bedford Regional airport is nearby.

West Greenwich Higher Education

Colleges near West Greenwich include Providence College, Rhode Island College, New England Institute of Technology, Brown University, and Bryant College.


Total Population 6,117
Male Share of the Population 50.2%
Female Share of the Population 49.8%
Senior Citizens 10.2%
Employed Population 16+ 2,906
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 57.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 35.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $96,765
% Above Poverty Level 97.7%
% Below Poverty Level 2.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 4.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.5%
% Using Public Transportation 1.4%


People Living Alone 19.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,406
Median House Value $300,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.5%
US/American 0.8%
English 15.4%
Irish 22.3%

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

West Greenwich Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 11 miles SW of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center)
Nearest Large City 58 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Kent
Metro Area Providence - Fall River - Warwick
Standard Zip Codes 02817
Phone Area Codes 401
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.62
Longitude -71.62

West Greenwich Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 10.5 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 16.3 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 17 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Coventry 34,981 $88,556
East Greenwich 13,114 $132,321
Exeter 6,691 $99,904
North Kingstown 26,310 $100,263
Richmond 7,624 $97,432
West Warwick 28,891 $65,802

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

West Greenwich Public Libraries

Louttit Memorial Library
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