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Overview

Introduction to Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Portsmouth, Rhode Island, in Newport county, is 8 miles SW of Fall River, Massachusetts (center to center) and 53 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts.

Portsmouth History

A group of religious dissenters settled Portsmouth in 1638. They came from Boston Colony and included Dr. John Clarke, Anne Hutchinson, and William Coddington. The area was originally called Pocasset by the native Indians. It was officially named Portsmouth in May, 1639. It was named after Portsmouth in New Hampshire, England. The town was formally established by the signatories of the Portsmouth Compact.

Portsmouth and nearby Attractions

  • Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Sanctuary
  • Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
  • Fort Wetherill State Park
  • Herreshoff Marine Museum
  • Green Valley Country Club
  • Watson Farm

Things To Do In Portsmouth

Portsmouth is home to several historic sites including the Battle of Rhode Island Site, a partially preserved area where the Battle of Rhode Island was fought in 1778. The Colt State Park spreads over 464 acres and has beautiful manicured lawns, flowering bushes, and fruit trees. The Herreshoff Marine Museum is another interesting place with exhibits of the original Herreshoff boats, steam engines, photographs, and artifacts.

Portsmouth Transportation

Flights can be availed from Logan International Airport.

Portsmouth Higher Education

Facilities for higher education can be availed from Roger Williams University, Community College of Rhode Island, and Bristol Community College.

Demographics

People

Total Population17,351
Male Share of the Population50%
Female Share of the Population50%
Senior Citizens20.9%
Employed Population 16+8,432
Age of the Population47

Families

% of people married56.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher48.3%
Median Earnings25+$52,268
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$53,295
Median Earnings With High School Degree$33,315

Wealth

Median Family Income$105,357
% Above Poverty Level93.2%
% Below Poverty Level6.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time23 minutes
% Working from Home3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.3%
% Using Public Transportation2.1%

Housing

People Living Alone25.7%
Median Gross Rent$1,214
Median House Value$357,800

Ancestry

Irish25.9%
English20.6%
Portuguese15.3%
Italian13.2%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)11.6%
French Except Basque8.4%
Canadian4%
Polish3.7%
Scottish3.5%
Dutch1.7%
Swedish1.7%
Greek1.1%
Arab0.9%
Basque0.9%
African0.8%
Welsh0.8%
Austrian0.7%
Norwegian0.7%
Lebanese0.5%
US/American0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
Russian0.3%
Slovak0.3%
Cape Verdean0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Syrian0.3%
Danishn0.3%
Belgian0.3%
Lithuanian0.3%
German0.2%
Brazilian0.2%
Ukrainian0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Iranian0.1%
New Zealand0.1%
Czech0.1%
Finnish0.1%
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Portsmouth Almanac

CategoryValue
County Newport County
Standard Zip Codes2871
Phone Area Codes401
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.6
Approximate Longitude-71.25

Portsmouth 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
Distance8.7 miles
Jan Temp23 to 38 F
Apr Temp39 to 54 F
Jul Temp64 to 78 F
Oct Temp48 to 62 F
Annual Precip46 inches
StationNEW BEDFORD
Distance16.6 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
Distance21.3 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
Bristol22,376$82,276
Jamestown5,462$110,056
Little Compton3,494$110,069
Middletown16,042$80,037
Newport24,570$81,806
Tiverton15,795$83,056

Portsmouth Public Libraries

Portsmouth Free Public Library
2658 EAST MAIN ROAD
Portsmouth, Rhode Island
(401) 683-9457

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Portsmouth Public Schools

Howard Hathaway School
53 Tallman Avenue
ZIP: 2871
(401) 683-0500
Primary
Total Enrollment 356
Melville School
1351 West Main Road
ZIP: 2871
(401) 683-1650
Primary
Total Enrollment 294
Portsmouth High School
120 Education Lane
ZIP: 2871
(401) 683-2124
High
Total Enrollment 919
Portsmouth Middle School
125 Jepson Lane
ZIP: 2871
(401) 849-3700
Middle
Total Enrollment 948

Portsmouth Private Schools

Aquidneck Island Christian Academy
321 E Main Rd
ZIP: 2871
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 53
Portsmouth Abbey School
285 Corys Ln
ZIP: 2871
Secondary
Total Enrollment 361
St Philomena School
324 Corys Ln
ZIP: 2871
Elementary
Total Enrollment 442
The Pennfield School
110 Sandy Point Ave Litle Slocum Farm
ZIP: 2871
Elementary
Total Enrollment 154
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