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Overview

Introduction to Smithfield, Rhode Island

Smithfield, Rhode Island is 9 miles W of Pawtucket, Rhode Island (center to center) and 39 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is located in Providence county and is part of the Providence - Fall River - Warwick metro area.

Smithfield History

The earliest settlers, who arrived in the beginning of the 17th century, named the area after Smithfield, London. It began as a farming community with an active Quaker community that extended to South Uxbridge. In the 1800s, many mills were built in the area. The Ku Klux Klan was active during the 1920s, and the town served as the venue for frequent KKK rallies.

Smithfield and Nearby Attractions

  • Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge
  • Smith-Appleby House Museum
  • Slater Mill Historic Site
  • Goddard Memorial State Park
  • Franklin Park Zoo
  • Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Things To Do In Smithfield

There are several historically significant sites and buildings in and around the town including the Georgiaville Historic District, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and many Victorian and Federal buildings. The Georgiaville Pond Beach is a popular recreational area. Well known attractions nearby include Fall River Carousel, Garden in the Woods, New England Aquarium, and Arnold Arboretum. Lincoln Woods State Park has an outdoor ice rink, a freshwater beach, fishing spots, and hiking trails. Linden Place in Bristol, near Smithfield, was built in 1810. This federal style mansion was the filming location for the movie, 'The Great Gatsby' in 1974.

Smithfield Transportation

Flights are available at Logan International Airport.

Smithfield Higher Education

Bryant College is the local college. Nearby colleges include Providence College and Rhode Island College

Demographics

People

Total Population21,561
Male Share of the Population47.1%
Female Share of the Population52.9%
Senior Citizens19.1%
Employed Population 16+10,252
Age of the Population42

Families

% of people married43.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher35%
Median Earnings25+$50,448
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$31,393
Median Earnings With High School Degree$37,784

Wealth

Median Family Income$90,111
% Above Poverty Level96.3%
% Below Poverty Level3.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time24 minutes
% Working from Home3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work6.7%
% Using Public Transportation0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone31.4%
Median Gross Rent$866
Median House Value$272,300

Ancestry

Italian30.1%
Irish21.3%
French Except Basque12.9%
English12%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)10.7%
Canadian7.6%
Portuguese6.7%
German5.9%
Polish5.7%
Scottish2.5%
Swedish1.5%
Russian1.3%
Greek0.6%
Ukrainian0.6%
Lithuanian0.4%
Welsh0.4%
Arab0.4%
Syrian0.4%
US/American0.3%
Dutch0.3%
African0.3%
Norwegian0.3%
Austrian0.2%
Czech0.2%
Slovak0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Jamaican0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Cape Verdean0.1%
Swiss0.1%
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Smithfield Almanac

CategoryValue
County Providence County
Standard Zip Codes2917
Phone Area Codes401
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.9
Approximate Longitude-71.53

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
Distance10.2 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 MEDWAY
Distance16 miles
Jan Temp13 to 38 F
Apr Temp35 to 59 F
Jul Temp60 to 84 F
Oct Temp37 to 64 F
Annual Precip48.7 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Burrillville16,214$78,599
Glocester9,934$100,882
Lincoln21,486$85,716
North Providence32,333$76,104
North Smithfield12,227$97,386
Woonsocket41,272$47,682

Smithfield Public Libraries

East Smithfield Public Library
50 ESMOND STREET
Smithfield, Rhode Island
(401) 231-5150

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Smithfield Public Schools

Raymond Laperche School
11 Limerock Road
ZIP: 2917
(401) 231-6652
Primary
Total Enrollment 219
Old County Road School
200 Old County Road
ZIP: 2917
(401) 231-6613
Primary
Total Enrollment 248
Anna M. Mccabe School
100 Pleasant View Avenue
ZIP: 2917
(401) 949-2058
Primary
Total Enrollment 333
Smithfield High School
90 Pleasant View Avenue
ZIP: 2917
(401) 949-2050
High
Total Enrollment 715
Vincent J. Gallagher Middle
10 Indian Run Trail
ZIP: 2917
(401) 949-2056
Middle
Total Enrollment 585

Smithfield Private Schools

Masters Regional Academy
915 Douglas Pike
ZIP: 2917
Secondary
Total Enrollment 152
The Stork's Nest Child Academy - Smithfield
440 George Washington Hwy
ZIP: 2917
Elementary
Total Enrollment 7
Breezy Knoll Child Care Center
311 Stillwater Rd
ZIP: 2917
Elementary
Total Enrollment 7
The Children's Workshop-smithfield
22 Cedar Swamp Rd
ZIP: 2917
Elementary
Total Enrollment 14
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