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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population24,570
Male Share of the Population48.3%
Female Share of the Population51.7%
Senior Citizens15.2%
Employed Population 16+13,807
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married34.8%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher50.9%
Median Earnings25+$41,402
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$17,953
Median Earnings With High School Degree$27,429

Wealth

Median Family Income$81,806
% Above Poverty Level86.7%
% Below Poverty Level13.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home8.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work16.2%
% Using Public Transportation2.5%

Housing

People Living Alone41.3%
Median Gross Rent$1,096
Median House Value$382,200

Ancestry

Irish26.7%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)21.3%
English13.6%
Italian12.3%
German9.8%
Portuguese7.5%
French Except Basque4.6%
Polish3.8%
Scottish3.4%
Canadian2.1%
Swedish1.9%
West Indian1.4%
Greek1.3%
African1.3%
Russian1.2%
Dutch1%
Welsh0.9%
Jamaican0.9%
Lithuanian0.7%
Cape Verdean0.6%
Norwegian0.6%
Ukrainian0.5%
Romanian0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
Brazilian0.4%
Arab0.4%
Austrian0.4%
Lebanese0.3%
British0.3%
Belgian0.2%
Senegalese0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Danishn0.2%
US/American0.2%
Swiss0.1%
Maltese0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
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Newport Almanac

CategoryValue
County Newport County
Standard Zip Codes2840, 2841
Phone Area Codes401
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.47
Approximate Longitude-71.3

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)

StationNEWPORT ROSE
Distance2 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
Distance22 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
Distance26.4 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
Jamestown5,462$110,056
Little Compton3,494$110,069
Middletown16,042$80,037
Narragansett15,672$115,212
North Kingstown26,232$103,960
Portsmouth17,351$105,357

Newport Public Libraries

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

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Newport Hospitals

Newport Hospital
(Non-profit)
11 Friendship Street
Naval Health Clinic New England, Newport
(Government - Federal)
43 Smith Road

Newport Public Schools

Claiborne Pell Elementary
35 Dexter Street
ZIP: 2840
(401) 842-1900
Primary
Total Enrollment 890
Frank E. Thompson Middle
55 Broadway
ZIP: 2840
(401) 847-1493
Middle
Total Enrollment 574
Newport Area Career Tech Ctr
15 Wickham Road
ZIP: 2840
(401) 849-3608
Rogers High School
15 Wickham Road
ZIP: 2840
(401) 847-6235
High
Total Enrollment 568

Newport Private Schools

Cluny School
75 Brenton Rd
ZIP: 2840
Elementary
Total Enrollment 194
St Michaels Country Day School
180 Rhode Island Ave
ZIP: 2840
Elementary
Total Enrollment 207
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Historic Newport

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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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