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Overview

Introduction to Kingston, Rhode Island

Kingston, Rhode Island, in Washington county, is 16 miles S of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center) and 65 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is located in the Providence - Fall River - Warwick metropolitan area.

Kingston History

Kingston, which was formerly known as Little Rest, was named in 1826, in honor of King Charles II of England. It was also the county seat for Washington County from 1752 to 1894. In 1974, a large part of Kingston became a National Register Historical District and was called Kingston Village Historical District.

Kingston and Nearby Attractions

  • University of Rhode Island Botanical Gardens
  • Fayerweather House Museum
  • Beavertail Lighthouse Museum
  • Lorenzo Kinney Azalea Gardens
  • Historic Kenyon Grist Mill
  • Peckham Farm Animal Center

Things To Do In Kingston

Beavertail State Park and Fort Wetherill State Park provides recreational opportunities, such as boating, hiking, camping, fishing, and picnicking. The University of Rhode Island Botanical Gardens is open to the public. Museums like Fayerweather House Museum and Beavertail Lighthouse Museum may also be visited. Local celebrations include the South County Hot-Air Balloon Festival, the Chamber Music Festival, and the Jazz and World Music Festival.

Kingston Transportation

New Bedford Regional airport is nearby.

Kingston Higher Education

The University of Rhode Island has its main campus located in Kingston. Other colleges and universities nearby include Salve Regina University, Roger Williams University, and Rhode Island College.

Demographics

People

Total Population6,983
Male Share of the Population47.2%
Female Share of the Population52.8%
Senior Citizens4.2%
Employed Population 16+2,491
Age of the Population20

Families

% of people married12.3%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher65.9%
Median Earnings25+$52,418
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$45,361

Wealth

Median Family Income$116,071
% Above Poverty Level76%
% Below Poverty Level24%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home6.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work32.3%
% Using Public Transportation2.3%

Housing

People Living Alone26.5%
Median Gross Rent$1,289
Median House Value$336,500

Ancestry

Italian19.5%
Irish16.1%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)16.1%
English6.6%
German6.5%
Polish5.6%
French Except Basque4.8%
Canadian4.3%
Portuguese2.7%
Scottish1.6%
Russian1.3%
African1%
West Indian1%
Swedish1%
US/American0.9%
Greek0.8%
Brazilian0.7%
Arab0.6%
Cape Verdean0.5%
Ukrainian0.5%
Norwegian0.4%
Lithuanian0.4%
Syrian0.4%
Romanian0.4%
Jamaican0.4%
Israeli0.3%
Haitian0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Lebanese0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Welsh0.2%
Albanian0.2%
Zimbabwean0.1%
Barbadian0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Czech0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Dutch0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Liberian0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
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Kingston Almanac

CategoryValue
County Washington County
Standard Zip Codes2881
Phone Area Codes401
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.48
Approximate Longitude-71.52

Kingston 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
Distance0.6 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
StationNEWPORT ROSE
Distance9.1 miles
Jan Temp23 to 38 F
Apr Temp39 to 54 F
Jul Temp64 to 78 F
Oct Temp48 to 62 F
Annual Precip46 inches
StationNORTH FOSTER 1 E
Distance27.8 miles
Jan Temp17 to 35 F
Apr Temp36 to 58 F
Jul Temp61 to 81 F
Oct Temp40 to 61 F
Annual Precip53.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income

Kingston Public Schools

The Compass School
537 Old North Road
ZIP: 2881
(401) 788-8322
Primary
Total Enrollment 167

Kingston Private Schools

Child Dev Center At University Of Rhode Island
10 Lower College Rd
ZIP: 2881
Elementary
Total Enrollment 14
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