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Overview

Introduction to Narragansett, Rhode Island

Narragansett, Rhode Island, in Washington county, is 17 miles S of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center) and 66 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts.The town is included in the Providence - Fall River - Warwick metropolitan area.

Narragansett History

Narragansett was originally inhabited by the Narragansett Indians. It was first settled by the Europeans in the late 1600s. The town derived its named from an Algonquian term meaning "back and forth." Some also believe the term means "people of the point." In the mid 1800s, the area became a popular summer recreation spot due to its various sandy beaches. The Narragansett's first hotel was built in 1856. The town was incorporated in 1901.

Narragansett and nearby Attractions

  • Narragansett Town Beach
  • South County Museum
  • Point Judith Lighthouse
  • Canonchet Farm
  • Roger W. Wheeler State Beach
  • Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge

Things To Do In Narragansett

Narragansett is home to several beaches and is famous for its summer recreation. Some of the beaches are Scarborough State Beach, Narragansett Town Beach, Roger Wheeler State Beach, Sand Hill Cove State Beach, Dunes Club Beach, Salty Brine State Beach, and Bonnet Shores Beach. One can also visit the South County Museum. Salt Pond Shopping Center is the local shopping center.

Narragansett Transportation

Theodore Francis Green State Airport can be reached within several minutes.

Narragansett Higher Education

University of Rhode Island, Roger Williams University, Community College of Rhode Island, and several other colleges and universities provide higher educational facilities.

Demographics

People

Total Population15,672
Male Share of the Population48.7%
Female Share of the Population51.3%
Senior Citizens20.6%
Employed Population 16+7,792
Age of the Population43

Families

% of people married44.1%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher60.5%
Median Earnings25+$51,500
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,232
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,227

Wealth

Median Family Income$115,212
% Above Poverty Level83.7%
% Below Poverty Level16.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time26 minutes
% Working from Home3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.8%
% Using Public Transportation1%

Housing

People Living Alone31.4%
Median Gross Rent$1,285
Median House Value$388,500

Ancestry

Irish27%
Italian23.8%
English16.2%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)6.7%
French Except Basque6.6%
Polish5%
Canadian3.7%
Swedish3.3%
Portuguese3.1%
Scottish2.6%
Greek2.1%
Lithuanian2.1%
Czech1.9%
Russian1.4%
US/American1%
Ukrainian0.9%
Arab0.7%
Dutch0.6%
Syrian0.5%
Belgian0.5%
Norwegian0.4%
Austrian0.4%
Romanian0.4%
Hungarian0.3%
Welsh0.2%
Turkish0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Swiss0.1%
Albanian0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Iraqi0.1%
Ghanaian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Slovak0.1%
African0.1%
Cape Verdean0.1%
German0.1%
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Narragansett Almanac

CategoryValue
County Washington County
Standard Zip Codes2882, 2879
Phone Area Codes401
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.39
Approximate Longitude-71.48

Narragansett 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
Distance4.4 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
Distance6.7 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
Distance31 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
Jamestown5,462$110,056
Kingston6,891$112,188
Newport24,570$81,806
North Kingstown26,232$103,960
Richmond7,618$98,289
South Kingstown30,651$100,015

Narragansett Public Libraries

Narragansett Public Library
35 KINGSTOWN ROAD
Narragansett, Rhode Island
(401) 789-9507

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Narragansett Public Schools

Narragansett Elementary
55 Mumford Road
ZIP: 2882
(401) 792-9420
Primary
Total Enrollment 505
Narragansett High School
245 South Pier Road
ZIP: 2882
(401) 792-9400
High
Total Enrollment 421
Narragansett Pier School
235 South Pier Road
ZIP: 2882
(401) 792-9430
Middle
Total Enrollment 405

Narragansett Private Schools

Ocean Tides School
635 Ocean Rd
ZIP: 2882
Secondary
Total Enrollment 62
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Historic Narragansett

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Hotel Gladstone between 1880 and 1899

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Hotel Gladstone between 1880 and 1899

Hotel Mathewson between 1880 and 1899

Hotel (New) Mathewson between 1900 and 1910

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