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Overview

Introduction to Jamestown, Rhode Island

Jamestown, Rhode Island, in Newport county, is 14 miles S of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center) and 61 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is included in the Providence - Fall River - Warwick metropolitan area.

Jamestown History

Original settlers of the area, who arrived at the end of the last ice age, established camps by the rivers and streams. By 1300 B.C., Jamestown was home to numerous Native Americans. Formerly known as Conanicut Island, the area was inhabited by the Narragansett Indians, who used the island as a sacred burial ground. The Indians sold it to the English in 1657 and it was incorporated as Jamestown in 1678. It was named in honor of James, Duke of York, who went on to become King James II in 1685.

Jamestown and Nearby Attractions

  • Beavertail State Park
  • Jamestown Museum
  • Sydney L. Wright Museum
  • Brenton Point State Park
  • Jamestown Windmill

Things To Do In Jamestown

People may visit popular historical sites and museums near Jamestown, like Watson Farm, Newport Art Museum, Jamestown Museum, and Sydney L. Wright Museum. There are several parks near Jamestown that offer opportunities for recreation including Fort Adams State Park, Beavertail State Park, and Brenton Point State Park. Opportunities to play golf are available at the Jamestown Golf Course.

Jamestown Transportation

Air transportation is available at New Bedford Regional airport.

Jamestown Higher Education

Colleges nearby include Salve Regina University, Bristol Community College, Roger Williams University, and The University of Rhode Island.

Demographics

People

Total Population5,462
Male Share of the Population49.3%
Female Share of the Population50.7%
Senior Citizens21.8%
Employed Population 16+2,521
Age of the Population52

Families

% of people married59.6%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher66.4%
Median Earnings25+$60,086
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$29,835

Wealth

Median Family Income$110,056
% Above Poverty Level93.5%
% Below Poverty Level6.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time30 minutes
% Working from Home11.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.9%
% Using Public Transportation3.2%

Housing

People Living Alone25.6%
Median Gross Rent$1,708
Median House Value$563,900

Ancestry

Irish25.2%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)21%
English16.7%
German12.1%
Italian9.7%
Portuguese7.6%
Canadian6.8%
French Except Basque2.9%
Polish2.6%
Scottish2.6%
Dutch1.6%
Swedish1.6%
Russian1.4%
Icelander0.7%
Finnish0.7%
Slovak0.6%
Hungarian0.5%
Lithuanian0.5%
Ukrainian0.4%
Swiss0.3%
Iranian0.3%
Danishn0.3%
Norwegian0.3%
Welsh0.2%
Czech0.2%
Greek0.2%
Slovene0.2%
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Jamestown Almanac

CategoryValue
County Newport County
Standard Zip Codes2835
Phone Area Codes401
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.48
Approximate Longitude-71.36

Jamestown Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationNEWPORT ROSE
Distance0.9 miles
Jan Temp23 to 38 F
Apr Temp39 to 54 F
Jul Temp64 to 78 F
Oct Temp48 to 62 F
Annual Precip46 inches
StationNEW BEDFORD
Distance24.4 miles
Jan Temp20 to 37 F
Apr Temp38 to 56 F
Jul Temp65 to 83 F
Oct Temp46 to 63 F
Annual Precip50.7 inches
StationBLOCK ISLAND STATE AP
Distance25.4 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Kingston6,891$112,188
Middletown16,042$80,037
Narragansett15,672$115,212
Newport24,570$81,806
North Kingstown26,232$103,960
South Kingstown30,651$100,015

Jamestown Public Libraries

Jamestown Philomenian Library
26 NORTH ROAD
Jamestown, Rhode Island
(401) 423-7280

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Jamestown Public Schools

Jamestown School-lawn
55 Lawn Avenue
ZIP: 2835
(401) 423-7010
Middle
Total Enrollment 204
Jamestown School-melrose
76 Melrose Avenue
ZIP: 2835
(401) 423-7020
Primary
Total Enrollment 293
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