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Overview

Introduction to Newport, Rhode Island

Newport, Rhode Island, in Newport county, is 15 miles S of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center) and 61 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts.The city is included in the Providence - Fall River - Warwick metropolitan area.

Newport History

Newport was established in 1639. It was founded by William Coddington, Nicholas Easton, William Brenton, Jeremy Clark, John Clarke, Henry Bull, John Coggeshall, and Thomas Hazard. The city was named after Newport, England. It became the most important port of Rhode Island in the colonial period. The first public school was built in 1640. The Quaker meetinghouse of Newport, established in 1699, is Rhode Island's oldest house of worship. The city's first newspaper was published in 1732 and known as the "Rhode Island Gazette." Newport was incorporated in 1784.

Newport and nearby Attractions

  • Fort Adams State Park
  • Newport Mansions
  • Museum of Yachting
  • Touro Synagogue National Historic Site
  • Museum of Newport History
  • Fort Adams

Things To Do In Newport

Newport offers easy access to Easton Beach, Bailey Beach, Collins Beach, Gooseberry Beach, and Hazard Beach. One can also visit the Long Wharf Mall Shopping Center and Bellevue Shopping Center and enjoy a great shopping experience. The Belcourt Castle, Naval War College Museum, Newport Exploration Center Aquarium, and Newport Art Museum are also worth visiting.

Newport Transportation

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

Newport Higher Education

Salve Regina University is within the city. Other universities nearby are Roger Williams University and University of Rhode Island.

People

Total Population 24,459
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 15.5%
Employed Population 16+ 13,513
Age of the Population 36

Families

% of people married 34.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 49.2%
Median Earnings25+ $40,499
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,239
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,825

Wealth

Median Family Income $82,917
% Above Poverty Level 84.9%
% Below Poverty Level 15.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 8.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 15.6%
% Using Public Transportation 2.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 43.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,032
Median House Value $379,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 21.3%
US/American 0.3%
English 12.9%
Irish 25.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Newport Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 15 miles S of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center)
Nearest Large City 61 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts
County Newport
Metro Area Providence - Fall River - Warwick
Standard Zip Codes 02840, 02841
Phone Area Codes 401
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.49
Longitude -71.313

Newport Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station NEWPORT ROSE
Distance 2 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 38 F
Apr Temp 39 to 54 F
Jul Temp 64 to 78 F
Oct Temp 48 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46 inches
Station NEW BEDFORD
Distance 22 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 56 F
Jul Temp 65 to 83 F
Oct Temp 46 to 63 F
Annual Precip 50.7 inches
Station BLOCK ISLAND STATE AP
Distance 26.4 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 39 F
Apr Temp 41 to 53 F
Jul Temp 64 to 77 F
Oct Temp 49 to 62 F
Annual Precip 39.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Jamestown 5,464 $101,834
Little Compton 3,504 $115,288
Middletown 16,057 $80,954
Narragansett 15,719 $106,961
North Kingstown 26,310 $100,263
Portsmouth 17,361 $100,359

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Newport Public Libraries

Library
Newport Public Library
300 SPRING STREET
Newport, Rhode Island
(401) 847-8720

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Newport Hospitals

NEWPORT HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
FRIENDSHIP STREET
(401) 846-6400
Emergency Service: Yes

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Newport High Schools

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ROGERS HIGH SCHOOL
WICKHAM ROAD
401-847-6235
Serves 792 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.4

NEWPORT AREA CAREER & TECH CTR
15 WICKHAM ROAD
401-849-3608
A Vocational School

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Opera House c1905.

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Opera House c1905.

War College (Coasters Harbor) between 1890 and 1901

Marine Guard (War College at Coasters Harbor) between 1890 and 1901

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