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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population22,655
Male Share of the Population45.2%
Female Share of the Population54.8%
Senior Citizens20.8%
Employed Population 16+10,959
Age of the Population46

Families

% of people married50%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher32%
Median Earnings25+$41,882
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$30,646
Median Earnings With High School Degree$34,977

Wealth

Median Family Income$73,713
% Above Poverty Level88.5%
% Below Poverty Level11.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Working from Home3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.5%
% Using Public Transportation0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone28.4%
Median Gross Rent$1,066
Median House Value$285,200

Ancestry

Italian28.9%
Irish21.5%
English13.4%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)12.2%
French Except Basque9.1%
German9.1%
Polish6.1%
Portuguese5.3%
Canadian4.4%
Scottish2.5%
Swedish1.9%
Russian1.5%
Lithuanian1.1%
Norwegian1%
Greek1%
Austrian0.6%
Arab0.6%
Dutch0.6%
Lebanese0.4%
Welsh0.4%
Czech0.3%
Slovak0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
US/American0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Brazilian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
African0.1%
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Westerly Almanac

CategoryValue
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

Notes:

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

StationGROTON
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
StationKINGSTON
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
StationBLOCK ISLAND STATE AP
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
Charlestown7,776$86,250
Hopkinton8,113$87,109
Kingston6,891$112,188
Narragansett15,672$115,212
Richmond7,618$98,289
South Kingstown30,651$100,015

Westerly Public Libraries

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

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Westerly Hospitals

The Westerly Hospital
(Non-profit)
25 Wells Street

Westerly Public Schools

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

Westerly Private Schools

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