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Overview

Introduction to Middletown, Rhode Island

Middletown, Rhode Island, in Newport county, is 12 miles SE of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center) and 57 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts. The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Providence - Fall River - Warwick metropolitan area.

Middletown History

Before European settlement, this area was inhabited mainly by Native Americans belonging to the Narragansetts and Wampanoags tribes. According to historical sources, the earliest European to make contact with the Indians living in this area was Giovanni da Verrazano. He arrived in 1524 and stayed only for some time. However, by 1614, Dutch traders began actively conducting business with the area's natives. Middletown was established as a distinct town in 1743.

Middletown and nearby Attractions

  • Sachuest Beach
  • Norman Bird Sanctuary
  • Whitehall Museum House
  • Prescott Farm
  • Green End Fort
  • Beavertail State Park

Things To Do In Middletown

Fort Adams State Park offers an excellent array of recreational opportunities on its 105-acres. It has facilities for swimming, picnicking, and fishing. During the summer months, it serves as the venue for entertaining concerts. Fort Adams is a historically significant structure. It is a pentagon shaped fort that was constructed in the 19th century. Beavertail Lighthouse Museum is one of several delightful museums in the neighborhood.

Middletown Transportation

Martha’s Vineyard Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Middletown Higher Education

Roger Williams University, University Of Rhode Island, and Community College of Rhode Island offer courses for higher studies.

Demographics

People

Total Population16,042
Male Share of the Population48.4%
Female Share of the Population51.6%
Senior Citizens17.6%
Employed Population 16+8,016
Age of the Population42

Families

% of people married50%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher40.9%
Median Earnings25+$41,407
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$28,250
Median Earnings With High School Degree$34,053

Wealth

Median Family Income$80,037
% Above Poverty Level90.8%
% Below Poverty Level9.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home4%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.7%
% Using Public Transportation1.2%

Housing

People Living Alone28.5%
Median Gross Rent$1,211
Median House Value$337,600

Ancestry

Irish25.3%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)20%
Portuguese14%
English12.8%
Italian12.7%
German9%
French Except Basque5.2%
Polish3.3%
Scottish2.8%
Swedish2.4%
Canadian2.2%
African1.8%
Dutch1.5%
Cape Verdean1.2%
Russian1%
Ukrainian1%
Brazilian0.9%
Arab0.9%
Norwegian0.8%
Danishn0.7%
Lebanese0.7%
Greek0.7%
Welsh0.6%
Croatian0.6%
US/American0.5%
Bulgarian0.4%
Lithuanian0.3%
Iranian0.3%
Nigerian0.3%
Syrian0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Ghanaian0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Australian0.1%
Estonian0.1%
Israeli0.1%
New Zealand0.1%
Romanian0.1%
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Middletown Almanac

CategoryValue
County Newport County
Standard Zip Codes2842
Phone Area Codes401
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.51
Approximate Longitude-71.27

Middletown 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
Distance4.4 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
Distance19.5 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
StationROCHESTER
Distance25.4 miles
Jan Temp19 to 38 F
Apr Temp37 to 57 F
Jul Temp62 to 83 F
Oct Temp42 to 63 F
Annual Precip49.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Jamestown5,462$110,056
Little Compton3,494$110,069
Newport24,570$81,806
North Kingstown26,232$103,960
Portsmouth17,351$105,357
Tiverton15,795$83,056

Middletown Public Libraries

Middletown Public Library
700 WEST MAIN ROAD
Middletown, Rhode Island
(401) 846-1573

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Middletown Public Schools

Forest Avenue School
315 Forest Avenue
ZIP: 2842
(401) 849-9434
Primary
Total Enrollment 339
Middletown High School
130 Valley Road
ZIP: 2842
(401) 846-7250
High
Total Enrollment 653
Joseph H. Gaudet School
1113 Aquidneck Avenue
ZIP: 2842
(401) 846-6395
Middle
Total Enrollment 706
Joseph Gaudet Academy
1113 Aquidneck Ave.
ZIP: 2842
(401) 846-6395
Middle
Total Enrollment 168
Aquidneck School
70 Reservoir Avenue
ZIP: 2842
(401) 847-4921
Primary
Total Enrollment 386

Middletown Private Schools

St George's School
372 Purgatory Rd
ZIP: 2842
Secondary
Total Enrollment 360
All Saints Academy
915 W Main Rd
ZIP: 2842
Elementary
Total Enrollment 132
Newport Montessori
82 Valley Rd
ZIP: 2842
Elementary
Total Enrollment 7
Silveira Kindergarten & Nursery School
143 Peckham Ln
ZIP: 2842
Elementary
Total Enrollment 9
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