Introduction to West Warwick, Rhode Island

West Warwick, Rhode Island, in Kent county, is 5 miles W of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center) and 51 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts.The town is included in the Providence - Fall River - Warwick metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 29,581 people lived in West Warwick.

West Warwick History

The town of West Warwick was originally part of the town of Warwick. It was incorporated as a separate town in 1913. The town is home to several of the United State's earliest textile mills. In fact, these mills played a significant role in the development of North America’s textile industry. The town received national attention on February 20, 2003, when a fire at the Station Nightclub killed 100 patrons.

West Warwick and nearby Attractions

  • Riverpoint Park
  • Roger Williams Park Zoo
  • Museum of Natural History
  • Goddard Memorial State Park
  • Fort Wetherill State Park

Things To Do In West Warwick

There are several parks and open spaces in West Warwick including Crompton Playground, Benny Magiera Memorial Ice Rink, Thomas Lamb Memorial Field House, and Brookside Avenue Playground. The town also has several churches such as the West Warwick Church of God, Saint John the Baptist Church, Christ the King Religious Church, and Riverpoint Congregational Church. You can enjoy shopping at the Cowessett Corners Shopping Center.

West Warwick Transportation

Theodore Francis Green State Airport is close to the town.

West Warwick Higher Education

Community College of Rhode Island and New England Institute of Technology are nearby.


Total Population 28,891
Male Share of the Population 47.6%
Female Share of the Population 52.4%
Senior Citizens 16.4%
Employed Population 16+ 14,659
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 41.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.8%
Median Earnings25+ $36,505
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,111
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,399


Median Family Income $65,802
% Above Poverty Level 84%
% Below Poverty Level 16%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.4%
% Using Public Transportation 2%


People Living Alone 34.9%
Median Gross Rent $906
Median House Value $184,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14%
US/American 0.5%
English 11.4%
Irish 18.8%

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

West Warwick Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles W of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center)
Nearest Large City 51 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Kent
Metro Area Providence - Fall River - Warwick
Standard Zip Codes 02893
Phone Area Codes 401
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.706
Longitude -71.523

West Warwick Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 4.7 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 37 F
Apr Temp 39 to 58 F
Jul Temp 64 to 83 F
Oct Temp 43 to 63 F
Annual Precip 46.4 inches
Distance 14.7 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 16.8 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Coventry 34,981 $88,556
Cranston 80,761 $78,125
East Greenwich 13,114 $132,321
Johnston 29,095 $84,741
Warwick 81,855 $82,937
West Greenwich 6,117 $96,765

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

West Warwick Public Libraries

West Warwick Public Library
West Warwick, Rhode Island
(401) 828-3750
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Student/teacher ratio: 14.2

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