Introduction to Westerly, Rhode Island

Westerly, Rhode Island, in Washington county, is 30 miles SW of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center) and 78 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts.Part of the surrounding New London - Norwich metro area, the town is not an isolated town.

Westerly History

Westerly was founded by John Babcock in 1669. The town is named Westerly because it is located in the western part of the state. However, many believe it was named after the village of Westerleigh, England. Currently, textiles and tourism are the primary industries of Westerly but, historically, the town was famous for its granite.

Westerly and nearby Attractions

  • Misquamicut Beach
  • Watch Hill Lighthouse
  • Wilcox Park
  • Babcock-Smith House
  • Mystic Aquarium
  • U.S. Coast Guard Museum

Things To Do In Westerly

During you stay in Westerly, you can visit Misquamicut State Beach, Wilcox Park, Westerly Town Beach, Watch Hill Beach, Weekapaug Beach, and East Beach. The Westerly Downtown Historic District, Babcock-Smith House Museum, and Main Street Historic District are worth visiting, as is the Water WIZZ Park. One can enjoy shopping at the Granite Hills Shopping Center, Franklin Shopping Plaza Shopping Center, and Granite Street Shopping Center.

Westerly Transportation

Flights can be availed from Groton-New London Airport.

Westerly Higher Education

Facilities for higher education are offered at the University of Rhode Island, Eastern Connecticut State University, Community College of Rhode Island, and several other colleges and universities.

Westerly Almanac

County Washington County
Standard Zip Codes2891
Phone Area Codes401
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.37
Approximate Longitude-71.81

Westerly Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance10.8 miles
Jan Temp20 to 38 F
Apr Temp38 to 56 F
Jul Temp63 to 81 F
Oct Temp43 to 63 F
Annual Precip48.7 inches
Distance16.9 miles
Jan Temp19 to 38 F
Apr Temp36 to 57 F
Jul Temp60 to 81 F
Oct Temp40 to 64 F
Annual Precip51.8 inches
Distance19.3 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

Westerly Public Libraries

Westerly Public Library
Westerly, Rhode Island
(401) 596-2877

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Westerly Hospitals

The Westerly Hospital
25 Wells Street

Westerly Public Schools

Dunn's Corners School
8 1/2 Plateau Road
ZIP: 2891
(401) 348-2320
Total Enrollment 277
Springbrook Elementary School
39 Springbrook Road
ZIP: 2891
(401) 348-2296
Total Enrollment 323
State Street School
35 State Street
ZIP: 2891
(401) 348-2340
Total Enrollment 372
Westerly High School
23 Ward Avenue
ZIP: 2891
(401) 596-2109
Total Enrollment 912
Westerly Middle School
10 Sandy Hill Road
ZIP: 2891
(401) 348-2750
Total Enrollment 882

Westerly Private Schools

St Pius X Elementary School
32 Elm St
ZIP: 2891
Total Enrollment 175
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