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Overview

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.

People

Total Population 22,683
Male Share of the Population 45.8%
Female Share of the Population 54.2%
Senior Citizens 20.1%
Employed Population 16+ 11,081
Age of the Population 45

Families

% of people married 49%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 31.6%
Median Earnings25+ $41,660
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $31,438
Median Earnings With High School Degree $36,599

Wealth

Median Family Income $73,108
% Above Poverty Level 90.2%
% Below Poverty Level 9.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.8%
% Using Public Transportation 0.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 28.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,080
Median House Value $286,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.3%
US/American 0.3%
English 13.4%
Irish 22.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Westerly Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 30 miles SW of Warwick, Rhode Island (center to center)
Nearest Large City 78 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Washington
Metro Area New London - Norwich
Standard Zip Codes 02808, 02891
Phone Area Codes 401
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.377
Longitude -71.827

Westerly Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station GROTON
Distance 10.8 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 38 F
Apr Temp 38 to 56 F
Jul Temp 63 to 81 F
Oct Temp 43 to 63 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches
Station KINGSTON
Distance 16.9 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 38 F
Apr Temp 36 to 57 F
Jul Temp 60 to 81 F
Oct Temp 40 to 64 F
Annual Precip 51.8 inches
Station BLOCK ISLAND STATE AP
Distance 19.3 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 39 F
Apr Temp 41 to 53 F
Jul Temp 64 to 77 F
Oct Temp 49 to 62 F
Annual Precip 39.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Westerly, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Misquamicut (02891)

Watch Hill (02891)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Charlestown 7,772 $86,296
Hopkinton 8,123 $81,394
Kingston 6,969 $112,353
Narragansett 15,719 $106,961
Richmond 7,624 $97,432
South Kingstown 30,577 $93,358

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Westerly Public Libraries

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

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Westerly Hospitals

WESTERLY HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
WELLS STREET
(401) 596-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 12.1

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