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Overview

Introduction to Warwick, Rhode Island

Warwick is located in Kent County and has the second largest population in Rhode Island. The city was an important part of the Revolutionary War. It's popular with tourists due to the nearby beaches, saltwater bays, scenic beauty and it's colonial history. It includes a large number of villages and provides excellent views of Narragansett Bay.

History

Warwick was established in 1642 by Samuel Gorton with land acquired from the Shawhomett Purchase which was negotiated with the Narragansett Indian Chief. In 1648 Gorton was given a charter by Robert Rich, the 2nd Earl of Warwick. The town was renamed in tribute to him. The town was almost destroyed during the King Philip's War.

In 1772 the town was the location of the first violent occurrence against England, which became known as the Gaspee Affair. The event consisted of a group of Colonists who torched the British ship, Gaspee. Militiamen from Warwick were involved in numerous battles with the English. George Washington's second in Command, Nathaniel Greene resided in Warwick.

Attractions

Warwick includes a large number of notable colonial villages. The Apponaug Village was a major location for trade and politics. It includes city hall, the Warwick Museum and numerous churches. Conimicut Village had served as a fishing village and includes Conimicut Point Park and a notable lighthouse. Pawutexet Village is regarded as the oldest village in New England and features numerous colonial structures. Walking tours are popular with tourists. Warwick is home to numerous other notable attractions including:

  • Historical Warwick Museum of Art showcases the works of Rhode Island's artists, writers as well as performers
  • Warwick Public Library is a regional landmark
  • Aldrich Mansion is an attractive large structure which resembles a French chateau. It includes an extensive marble staircase, noteworthy paintings and antique furniture
  • Warwick City Hall showcases a huge, impressive clock tower
  • John Waterman Arnold House features late 1700's architecture
  • Warwick Neck Lighthouse
  • Clouds Hill Victorian House Museum
  • Apponaug Four Corners
  • Compliments Art Gallery is one of the largest art galleries in the New England area. It offers exhibits of artists from all over the world

Activities

Warwick City Park is a large acreage which includes trails, bicycle paths and beaches. The Warwick Heritage Trail travels from the upper Narragansett Bay all the way to the western hills of Rhode Island and features a large number of historic sites. Warwick Cove is a popular destination for boating and fishing during the summer months. The Buckeye Brook Marsh and Pine Tree Preserve features herring, swans and herons.

Buttonwoods Beach offers bicycle paths, nature trails and a beach area. Goddard Memorial State Park Beach is utilized for swimming, surfing and other water sports. It includes hiking trails and bird watching areas. The city offers numerous fresh water beaches.

Nightlife

Warwick feature numerous bars and taverns. Gravs Pub includes a large dance floor. Groucho's is near the beach and offers scenic views. There are a wide variety of restaurants to choose from.

Events

Gaspee Days Festival celebrates the historic colonial villages and includes arts and crafts, a costume contest and other events. The Kayak Regatta, Summer Concert Series and the Annual Indoor Pow-wow are enjoyed by residents and visitors.

Transportation

Warwick is served by the T.F. Green Airport.

Higher Education

Warwick is home to the Community College of Rhode Island Knight Campus.

Demographics

People

Total Population81,881
Male Share of the Population47.9%
Female Share of the Population52.1%
Senior Citizens19.2%
Employed Population 16+42,366
Age of the Population45

Families

% of people married49.8%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher32.5%
Median Earnings25+$42,691
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$30,608
Median Earnings With High School Degree$36,107

Wealth

Median Family Income$84,421
% Above Poverty Level93.1%
% Below Poverty Level6.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time24 minutes
% Working from Home2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work1%
% Using Public Transportation1.2%

Housing

People Living Alone31.5%
Median Gross Rent$1,091
Median House Value$195,700

Ancestry

Irish26.7%
Italian21.4%
English14.4%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)12.6%
French Except Basque11.5%
Portuguese8.5%
German7.5%
Canadian4.6%
Polish3.9%
Swedish3.1%
Scottish2.6%
Russian1.1%
US/American0.7%
African0.7%
Norwegian0.6%
Arab0.6%
Dutch0.6%
Hungarian0.5%
Cape Verdean0.4%
Lithuanian0.4%
Welsh0.4%
Greek0.3%
Lebanese0.3%
Ukrainian0.3%
Czech0.3%
Syrian0.2%
Swiss0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Brazilian0.2%
Nigerian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Iranian0.1%
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Warwick Almanac

CategoryValue
County Kent County
Standard Zip Codes2886, 2888, 2889
P.O. Box Zip Codes2887
Phone Area Codes401
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.7
Approximate Longitude-71.46

Warwick Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationPROVIDENCE GREEN AP
Distance1.4 miles
Jan Temp20 to 37 F
Apr Temp39 to 58 F
Jul Temp64 to 83 F
Oct Temp43 to 63 F
Annual Precip46.4 inches
StationNEWPORT ROSE
Distance14.3 miles
Jan Temp23 to 38 F
Apr Temp39 to 54 F
Jul Temp64 to 78 F
Oct Temp48 to 62 F
Annual Precip46 inches
StationNORTH FOSTER 1 E
Distance19.4 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Barrington16,304$137,115
Bristol22,376$82,276
Cranston80,882$79,214
East Greenwich13,104$142,648
Warren10,548$72,143
West Warwick28,836$69,302

Warwick Public Libraries

Warwick Public Library
600 SANDY LANE
Warwick, Rhode Island
(401) 739-5440
Pontiac Free Library
101 GREENWICH AVENUE
Warwick, Rhode Island
(401) 737-3292

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Warwick Hospitals

Kent Hospital
(Non-profit)
455 Toll Gate Road

Warwick Public Schools

Cedar Hill School
35 Red Chimney Drive
ZIP: 2886
(401) 734-3535
Primary
Total Enrollment 394
Drum Rock Early
575 Centerville Road
ZIP: 2886
(401) 734-3490
Primary
Total Enrollment 206
Greenwood School
93 Sharon Street
ZIP: 2886
(401) 734-3290
Primary
Total Enrollment 297
Lippitt School
30 Almy Street
ZIP: 2886
(401) 734-3240
Primary
Total Enrollment 232
Park School
40 Asylum Road
ZIP: 2886
(401) 734-3690
Primary
Total Enrollment 260
Robertson School
70 Nausauket Road
ZIP: 2886
(401) 734-3470
Primary
Total Enrollment 297
Scott School
833 Centerville Road
ZIP: 2886
(401) 734-3585
Primary
Total Enrollment 260
Toll Gate High School
575 Centerville Road
ZIP: 2886
(401) 734-3300
High
Total Enrollment 952
Warwick Career And Tech Center
575 Centerville Road-bldg. 5
ZIP: 2886
(401) 734-3150
Wickes School
50 Child Lane
ZIP: 2886
(401) 734-3575
Primary
Total Enrollment 346
Winman Junior High School
575 Centerville Road
ZIP: 2886
(401) 734-3375
Middle
Total Enrollment 530
Aldrich Junior High
789 Post Road
ZIP: 2888
(401) 734-3500
Middle
Total Enrollment 518
Francis School
325 Miantonomo Drive
ZIP: 2888
(401) 734-3340
Primary
Total Enrollment 245
Holliman School
70 Deborah Road
ZIP: 2888
(401) 734-3170
Primary
Total Enrollment 290
Norwood School
266 Norwood Avenue
ZIP: 2888
(401) 734-3525
Primary
Total Enrollment 245
Pilgrim High School
111 Pilgrim Parkway
ZIP: 2888
(401) 734-3250
High
Total Enrollment 967
Wyman School
1 Columbia Avenue
ZIP: 2888
(401) 734-3180
Primary
Total Enrollment 282
Gorton Junior High School
69 Draper Avenue
ZIP: 2889
(401) 734-3350
Middle
Total Enrollment 425
Holden School
61 Hoxsie Avenue
ZIP: 2889
(401) 734-3455
Primary
Total Enrollment 238
Hoxsie School
55 Glenwood Drive
ZIP: 2889
(401) 734-3555
Primary
Total Enrollment 311
Oakland Beach School
383 Oakland Beach Avenue
ZIP: 2889
(401) 734-3420
Primary
Total Enrollment 372
Sherman School
120 Killey Avenue
ZIP: 2889
(401) 734-3565
Primary
Total Enrollment 363
Warwick Neck School
155 Rocky Point Avenue
ZIP: 2889
(401) 734-3480
Primary
Total Enrollment 277
Warwick Veterans High
2401 West Shore Road
ZIP: 2889
(401) 734-3200
High
Total Enrollment 834

Warwick Private Schools

Apponaug Christian Academy
75 Prospect St
ZIP: 2886
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 16
Buttonwoods School For Young Children
311 Buttonwoods Ave
ZIP: 2886
Elementary
Total Enrollment 8
Discovery Years Learning Center
501 Centerville Rd
ZIP: 2886
Elementary
Total Enrollment 13
Eleanor Briggs School
116 Long St
ZIP: 2886
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 33
First Baptist Christian School
550 Cowesett Rd
ZIP: 2886
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 74
Progressive Learning For Children
189 Toll Gate Rd
ZIP: 2886
Elementary
Total Enrollment 13
St Rose Of Lima School
200 Brentwood Ave
ZIP: 2886
Elementary
Total Enrollment 225
Tender Hearts Cc & Learning Center
935 Jefferson Blvd
ZIP: 2886
Elementary
Total Enrollment 17
The Stork's Nest Child Academy - Warwick
1100 Toll Gate Rd
ZIP: 2886
Elementary
Total Enrollment 13
Precious Angels Child Care Center
20 Jefferson Park Rd
ZIP: 2888
Elementary
Total Enrollment 103
St Peter School
120 Mayfair Rd
ZIP: 2888
Elementary
Total Enrollment 160
Westbay Children's Center
22 Astral St
ZIP: 2888
Elementary
Total Enrollment 22
Bishop Hendricken High School
2615 Warwick Ave
ZIP: 2889
Secondary
Total Enrollment 930
St Kevin School
39 Cathedral Rd
ZIP: 2889
Elementary
Total Enrollment 123
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