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Overview

Introduction to North Smithfield, Rhode Island

North Smithfield, Rhode Island, in Providence county, is 11 miles NW of Pawtucket, Rhode Island (center to center) and 36 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts.The town is conveniently located inside the Providence - Fall River - Warwick metropolitan area.

North Smithfield History

North Smithfield was settled by British colonists in the 17th century. It was named after Smithfield, England. The town was officially incorporated in 1871. A Quaker Colony was developed in the present day Town of North Smithfield in the early 18th century. The town also has several historic places such as the village of Slatersville, the first industrial mill village in America; Peleg Arnold Tavern, built in 1690; and the Forestdale Mill Village Historic District.

North Smithfield and nearby Attractions

  • Historic Union Village
  • Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor
  • Slatersville Village Green
  • Museum of Work and Culture
  • Smith-Ballou House
  • World War II Memorial State Park

Things To Do In North Smithfield

North Smithfield is home to the North Smithfield Wildlife Marsh. One can also visit the Slatersville Village Green, Forestdale Mill Village Historic District, and Union Village Historic District. The town also offers easy access to Lincoln Woods State Park, Museum of Work and Culture, World War II Memorial State Park, and Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor. The Slatersville Plaza Shopping Center and Park Square Plaza Shopping Center are the local shopping centers.

North Smithfield Transportation

Flights are available from Theodore Francis Green State Airport.

North Smithfield Higher Education

Opportunities for higher education are offered at Bryant College, Rhode Island College, Brown University, and several other colleges and universities.

Demographics

People

Total Population12,227
Male Share of the Population46.6%
Female Share of the Population53.4%
Senior Citizens21.3%
Employed Population 16+6,474
Age of the Population49

Families

% of people married56.1%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher30%
Median Earnings25+$48,915
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$27,083
Median Earnings With High School Degree$35,567

Wealth

Median Family Income$97,386
% Above Poverty Level96.8%
% Below Poverty Level3.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time27 minutes
% Working from Home5.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.5%
% Using Public Transportation0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone20.9%
Median Gross Rent$1,070
Median House Value$281,300

Ancestry

French Except Basque24.9%
Canadian18.1%
Irish14.1%
Italian13.2%
English10.2%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)8.2%
Portuguese5.9%
Polish5.1%
Scottish2.9%
Arab1.1%
African0.9%
Cape Verdean0.9%
Greek0.7%
Swedish0.5%
Russian0.5%
Syrian0.5%
Norwegian0.3%
Lebanese0.3%
Ukrainian0.3%
Dutch0.3%
Egyptian0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Moroccan0.2%
Swiss0.2%
German0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Macedonian0.1%
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North Smithfield Almanac

CategoryValue
County Providence County
Standard Zip Codes2896
Phone Area Codes401
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.95
Approximate Longitude-71.55

North Smithfield Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationNORTH FOSTER 1 E
Distance12.5 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
StationWEST THOMPSON LAKE
Distance17.5 miles
Jan Temp13 to 35 F
Apr Temp33 to 58 F
Jul Temp58 to 82 F
Oct Temp36 to 62 F
Annual Precip51.2 inches
StationWALPOLE 2
Distance20.6 miles
Jan Temp18 to 36 F
Apr Temp37 to 58 F
Jul Temp62 to 83 F
Oct Temp41 to 62 F
Annual Precip46.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Burrillville16,214$78,599
Cumberland34,285$94,212
Glocester9,934$100,882
Lincoln21,486$85,716
Smithfield21,561$90,111
Woonsocket41,272$47,682

North Smithfield Hospitals

Rehabilitation Hospital Of Rhode Island
(Proprietary)
116 Eddie Dowling Highway

North Smithfield Public Schools

North Smithfield Elementary
2214 Providence Pike
ZIP: 2896
(401) 765-2260
Primary
Total Enrollment 450
North Smitfield Hs
412 Greenville Road
ZIP: 2896
(401) 766-2500
High
Total Enrollment 522
North Smithfield Ms
1850 Providence Pike
ZIP: 2896
(401) 597-6100
Middle
Total Enrollment 442
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