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Overview

Introduction to Charlestown, Rhode Island

Charlestown, Rhode Island, in Washington county, is 24 miles SW of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center) and 73 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. Part of the surrounding Providence - Fall River - Warwick metro area, the town is not an isolated.

Charlestown History

Charlestown, which was incorporated in 1738, was named in honor of King Charles II. The area that is now Charlestown was initially part of Westerly town but was divided and the area that lies to the north of Pawcatuck River came to be known as Richmond town in 1747. Washington County, in which the town is located, was subjected to conflicting land claims in the late 1650s. These land claims over the Narragansett County were adjudicated by a royal commission under Charles II in 1664.

Charlestown and Nearby Attractions

  • Ninigret Park
  • Foster Cove Archeological Site
  • Smith Castle
  • Commodore Oliver Perry Farm
  • Mystic Aquarium
  • Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum

Things To Do In Charlestown

Roger Williams Park Zoo, Buttonwood Park Zoo, and Capron Park Zoo are great places to visit, especially with little kids. Other places of interest near Charlestown are Foxwoods Resort & Casino and Fall River Carousel. Scarborough North & South Beaches, Charlestown Breachway, and East Beach are popular places. Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge houses varied wildlife including a number of endangered plant and animal species. Recreational opportunities such as fishing, boating, hunting, birding, hiking, and wildlife viewing are also offered here. Historic sites near the town include Hammersmith Farm, Gilbert Stuart Birthplace, and Touro Synagogue National Historic Site.

Charlestown Transportation

Block Island State Airport is located nearby.

Charlestown Higher Education

University of Rhode Island, Salve Regina University, and Roger Williams University are universities closest to Charlestown.

Demographics

People

Total Population7,776
Male Share of the Population53.2%
Female Share of the Population46.8%
Senior Citizens21.3%
Employed Population 16+3,767
Age of the Population48

Families

% of people married61.5%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher39.5%
Median Earnings25+$40,250
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$34,470

Wealth

Median Family Income$86,250
% Above Poverty Level92%
% Below Poverty Level8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time27 minutes
% Working from Home4.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.9%
% Using Public Transportation0.8%

Housing

People Living Alone24.3%
Median Gross Rent$1,109
Median House Value$311,600

Ancestry

Irish27.7%
English23.8%
Italian16.3%
French Except Basque11.1%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)10.9%
German10.4%
Polish5.7%
Scottish5.2%
Canadian4%
Norwegian3.8%
Portuguese3.3%
Greek1.8%
Dutch1.5%
Finnish1.4%
Russian1.3%
Swedish1.1%
Czech0.8%
Swiss0.5%
Welsh0.4%
Lithuanian0.3%
Ukrainian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Arab0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
US/American0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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Charlestown Almanac

CategoryValue
County Washington County
Standard Zip Codes2813
Phone Area Codes401
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.38
Approximate Longitude-71.65

Charlestown Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationKINGSTON
Distance8.9 miles
Jan Temp19 to 38 F
Apr Temp36 to 57 F
Jul Temp60 to 81 F
Oct Temp40 to 64 F
Annual Precip51.8 inches
StationBLOCK ISLAND STATE AP
Distance15.3 miles
Jan Temp27 to 39 F
Apr Temp41 to 53 F
Jul Temp64 to 77 F
Oct Temp49 to 62 F
Annual Precip39.7 inches
StationNEWPORT ROSE
Distance17.2 miles
Jan Temp23 to 38 F
Apr Temp39 to 54 F
Jul Temp64 to 78 F
Oct Temp48 to 62 F
Annual Precip46 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Hopkinton8,113$87,109
Kingston6,891$112,188
Narragansett15,672$115,212
Richmond7,618$98,289
South Kingstown30,651$100,015
Westerly22,655$73,713

Charlestown Public Libraries

Cross` Mills Public Library
4417 OLD POST ROAD
Charlestown, Rhode Island
(401) 364-6211

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Charlestown Public Schools

Charlestown Elementary School
363 Carolina Back Road
ZIP: 2813
(401) 364-7716
Primary
Total Enrollment 281
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