Demographics

 

Newport County Muncipality Websites and R.I. State Website:

These website contain a wealth of information for residents, tourists and business owners. 

City of Newport
Town of Middletown
Town of Portsmouth
Town of Jamestown
Town of Tiverton
Town of Little Compton
Town of Bristol
State of Rhode Island

Demographics:   

  • Portsmouth
  • Middletown
  • Jamestown
  • Newport
  • Tiverton
  • Little Compton
  • Bristol 
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    Experience the Difference within Newport County

    Newport County is easy to get to by land, sea or air, and is close from major business centers and attractions in New England. Winter skiing can be found two hours north, Cape Cod is one hour east, beaches and sailing are available in our back yard with your choice of marinas available.

    We’re at the center of the eastern seaboard between the metropolitan areas of New York and Boston. 1.3 million people live within 25 miles; 3.3 million within 50 miles. More than 65% of New England’s population lives within a 75 mile radius. 80 million people with a combined income of $1.6 trillion live within a 500 mile radius. (These statistics are from www.Portmouthri.com website.)

    DEMOGRAPHICS Newport County Rhode Island
    Population (2013estimate) 82,397 1,051,511
    Land area, 2010 (square miles) 102.39 1033.81
    Persons per square mile, 2010 809.6 1,1018.1
    Households, 20010 34,911 410,639
    Persons per household, 2000 2.35 2.47
    Median household income, 2010 $69,826 $56,102
    Per capita money income, 2010 $38,559 $30,005
    Persons below poverty level, percent, 2010 8.3% 13.2%

    * US Census Data

    Portsmouth

    Founded by Ann Hutchinson in 1638, Portsmouth was the first town in the nation established by a woman and according to many, was the first true democracy in America. The Portsmouth Compact of 1638 was the first authentic guarantee of civil and religious freedom in the new world. Portsmouth boasts 56 miles of shoreline and one of the most progressive farm preservations in New England with over 4000 acres of farmland. Easy to access by land and sea and centrally located on the Eastern Seaboard, Portsmouth is a stone’s throw away from all major business centers, activities and attractions in New England. The Portsmouth Enterprise Zone provides tax benefits for businesses building, expanding or renovating, making it an attractive place for major Aquidneck Island Industries including oceanography, underwater systems development, navigational equipment, boat and yacht building and services, tourism and much more. Portsmouth uses a seven member Town Council and Town Administrator form of government and has one of the best public schools systems in the state.

    The most daring capture of the Revolutionary War was accomplished in Portsmouth. The British Commander-in-Chief, General Richard Prescott, was captured by Rhode Islander Colonel William Barton in the Overing House, now located on West Main Road and marked with an historical plaque. Reflections of Portsmouth's daring and significant past are further evidenced by several other historical landmarks.

    Founder’s Brook is where the first settlers landed from Boston in 1638 led by John Clark and William Coddington. The Portsmouth Compact, the first instrument for governing as a true democracy, is inscribed on a bronze and stone marker.

    The Portsmouth Historical society maintains the Southernmost School, at the corner of East Main Road and Union Street. As the nation's oldest school, it contains antique school desks, school bells and a variety of original textbooks.

    Portsmouth features several public golf courses, a modern motor hotel, antique shops, numerous marinas and the Sakonnet Times, a weekly newspaper serving the towns of Portsmouth, Tiverton and Little Compton.

    The earliest source of income for the townspeople was farming and shipbuilding. boat-building continues as one of the area’s industries. Melville Boat Basin hosts commercial, industrial and recreational facilities including a 340-slip, fully-serviced marina and boat-building complex replacing a former a Naval docking facility and the Navy's first PT-boat training facility.

    AREA FACTS

    Population 17,149 (2010 census)
    Area 23 sq. miles total (including Prudence, Patience, Hog, etc.)
    15 sq. mi. (on Aquidneck Island)
    Residential Tax Rate $11.301 per $1,000 of full assessed value (2010 fiscal year)
    Median Household Income $65,619 (2012 census)

    AREA INFORMATION

    Town Hall
    2200 East Main Road
    Portsmouth, RI 02871
    www.portsmouthri.com
    (401) 683-3255
    Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Hours vary by department; please call to verify.

    PUBLIC SAFETY - POLICE/FIRE

    Emergency
    9-1-1

    Police Non-emergency
    (401) 683-0300

    Fire & Rescue Non-emergency
    (401) 683-1200

    SCHOOL DEPARTMENT

    Superintendant
    29 Middle Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871
    www.portsmouthschoolsri.net
    (401) 683-1039

    LIBRARY

    Portsmouth Free Public Library
    2658 East Main Road.
    Portsmouth, RI 02871
    www.portsmouthlibrary.org
    (401) 683-9457

    TRASH & RECYCLING

    Transfer Station

    Hours: Monday, Friday and Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Closed Wednesdays

    Portsmouth Transfer Station stickers are on sale at the Tax Collections Office at Town Hall Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.


    HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL

    Eco-Depot
    (401) 942-1430 ext. 241

    RI Resource Recovery Corporation's
    Household Hazardous Waste
    www.rirrc.org

    Wind Power
    http://portsmouthrienergy.com/windpower.htm

    Middletown

    Located in the middle section of Aquidneck Island, Middletown occupies 14.7 square miles in lower Narragansett Bay. Middletown’s major transportation arteries Route 114 and Route 138 connect bridges to the south and north. The Newport State Airport located in Middletown accommodates private aircraft and provides charter flights and feeder service to other airfields. Incorporated in 1743 Middletown saw a dramatic change with the onset of World War II, from rural farmlands to a hub of US Naval support facilities and housing when the Navy purchased over 300 acres of waterfront property. The town is still the center for many of the contract service companies supporting naval activities.

    Middletown is also home to many outstanding family and recreational activities as well as numerous historical sites, which have been maintained through the town’s Historical Commission. A Town Council and Town Manager govern Middletown.

    AREA FACTS

    Population (2010) 16,150
    Area (Land Area) 13.0
    Residential Tax Rate $11.38 per $1,000 (2008)
    Median Household Income (2012) $65,619

    AREA INFORMATION

    Town Hall
    350 East Main Road
    Middletown, RI 02842
    www.middletownri.com
    (401) 847-0009

    PUBLIC SAFETY - POLICE/FIRE

    Emergency
    9-1-1

    Police Non-emergency
    (401) 846-1144

    Anonymous Tip Line
    (401) 842-6516

    Fire & Rescue Non-emergency
    (401) 846-1031

    SCHOOL DEPARTMENT

    Superintendant
    26 Oliphant Lane, Middletown, RI 02842
    f. (401) .849.0202
    www.mpsri.net
    (401) 849-2122

    LIBRARIES

    Middletown Public Library
    700 West Main Road
    Middletown, RI 02842
    www.middletownpubliclibrary.org
    (401) 846-1573

    Judaica Library
    223 Valley Rd, Middletown, RI 02842
    (401) 846-9002 ‎

    RECREATION DEPARTMENT

    Recreation Director
    (401) 847-1993
    tshaw@middletownri.com

    TRASH & RECYCLING

    Recycling Coordinator
    (401)842-6519
    wcronin@middletownri.com

    Pay as You Throw (PAYT) waste and recycling program $150 user fee per year and $1.75 per 15 gallon bag, $2 per 33 gallon bag.

    HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL

    Eco-Depot
    (401) 942-1430 ext. 241

    RI Resource Recovery Corporation's
    Household Hazardous Waste
    www.rirrc.org

    Jamestown

    Situated at the mouth of Narragansett Bay, Conanicut Island has a rich and varied history, evolving from a pre-historic Indian community, through a period of farming settlements, and later to a strategic military location during World War II. Evidence of the island's early days can be found in the numerous museums, state parks, and historic sites. Because of its remote location (bridges to the mainland are relatively recent), the Island has developed more slowly than mainland communities. Though Jamestown now has 5,000 residents, the place has retained its rural character and remains a quiet seaside community. Narragansett Avenue bisects the island and is the location of many fine restaurants and shops. Residents and summer visitors can enjoy the bay from any one of a number of locations. Beavertail State Park with its unique lighthouse and museum is located at the southern tip of the island and is one of the most recognizable destinations in the state.

    Jamestown is a small island that sits in the middle of Narragansett Bay in the state of Rhode Island. It is approximately 9 miles long by 1 mile wide. The Island was named Conanicut Island after the chief Conanicus, a Narragansett Indian Chief. The Narragansett Indians used Jamestown as a sacred burial site, burying their dead on the west side of the island facing the setting sun. The Indians sold Jamestown to the English settlers in 1657 and they mainly grazed sheep, cattle and horses here. It is rumored that the famous pirate, Captain Kidd buried treasure on the island and it has yet to be found! By 1818 the population grew to 504 people, today it stands at about 6500 with a higher population during the summer months.

    Jamestown became a popular tourist spot at around the turn of the 20th century. There were several large hotels and many wealthy summer people. The major form of transportation was ferries that would take people to and from Newport or North Kingstown. With the hurricane of 1938, several buildings along with hotels were destroyed and never built again. In 1940 the Jamestown Bridge was built connecting North Kingstown with Jamestown. In 1969 the Newport Bridge was opened connecting Jamestown with Newport. The ferries were phased out and became a thing of the past. In 1992 the new Jamestown Bridge was opened and the State just finished dismantling the old bridge in 2007. The ferries started to make a comeback in 1999 and now people have the choice of taking the ferry or driving to Newport.

    Jamestown, today, has several restaurants, an elementary and middle school (high school children are bused to North Kingstown High School, approximately 8 miles away), a video store, a doctor's office, a dentist, a vet, 3 churches, a pharmacy, a hardware store and some gift shops. We also have several lighthouses with only one officially working and several State parks and a campground.

    AREA FACTS

    Population (2010) 5,405
    Area 9.69 Land Square Miles
    Residential Tax Rate $8.11 per $1,000 (2008)
    Median Household Income (2012) $81,033

    AREA INFORMATION

    Town Hall
    93 Narragansett Avenue
    Jamestown, RI 02835
    http://jamestownri.gov/
    (401) 423-7200

    PUBLIC SAFETY - POLICE/FIRE

    Emergency
    9-1-1

    Police Non-emergency
    (401) 423-1212

    Fire & Rescue Non-emergency
    (401) 423-0062

    SCHOOL DEPARTMENT

    Superintendant
    www.jamestownri.net/school.html
    (401) 423-7010

    LIBRARIES

    Philomenian Library
    26 North Rd, Jamestown, RI 02835-1434
    www.jamestownri.com/library
    (401) 423-7280

    Parks & Recreation Department
    41 Conanicus Avenue
    Jamestown, RI 02835
    www.jamestownri.net/rec/rec.html
    (401) 423-7260

    Harbor Master
    (401) 423-7249

    Mooring Permits
    www.permits.onlinemooring.com/JamestownRI

    TRASH & RECYCLING

    Curbside trash collection is not available through the town. Service is available for a fee from private haulers. Recycling is mandatory. Transfer Station sticker is available upon proof of residency at the Transfer Station.

    Transfer Station
    1218 North Main Road,
    Jamestown
    Thursday through Monday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL

    Eco-Depot
    (401) 942-1430 ext. 241

    RI Resource Recovery Corporation
    Household Hazardous Waste
    www.rirrc.org,

    Newport

    The City of Newport, Rhode Island, is an internationally known destination. Often referred to as America’s First Resort, visitors from all over the globe flock to Newport to enjoy pristine beaches, compete in major sailing events, and absorb Newport’s rich history. Home to the Newport Mansions, the nation’s first Synagogue, and countless other museums and attractions, Newport has recently been named one of America’s Dozen Distinct Destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Founded in 1639 by English settlers as a result of its founder’s frustration with political intervention in their religious beliefs, Newport continues its commitment to liberty of conscience and religion. Newport’s resilience and creativity in meeting the economic changes that have overtaken it offer strong proof that diversity works in keeping the city alive and vibrant. With an economy driven by marine trades, defense and government contract related industries, health care and hospitality, Newport continues to thrive in today’s changing environment. A Mayor and City Council govern Newport.

    AREA FACTS

    Population (2010) 24,034
    Area 7.94 Land Square Miles
    Residential Tax Rate $8.67 per $1,000 (2008)
    Median Household Income $53,548

    AREA INFORMATION

    City Hall
    43 Broadway
    Newport, RI 02840
    www.cityofnewport.com
    (401) 845-5300

    Mayor
    (401) 845-5436

    PUBLIC SAFETY - POLICE/FIRE

    Emergency
    9-1-1

    Police Non-emergency
    (401) 847-8300

    Fire & Rescue Emergency
    (401) 846-2211

    Fire Non-emergency
    (401) 845-5911

    SCHOOL DEPARTMENT

    Superintendant
    15 Wickham Road,
    Newport, Rhode Island 02840
    www.newportrischools.org/npsfiles/contact.html
    (401) 847-2100

    LIBRARY

    Newport Public Library
    300 Spring Street
    Newport, Rhode Island 02840
    www.newportlibraryri.org
    (401) 847-8720

    TRASH & RECYCLING

    Weekly Curbside Collection is available to residences. Collection is limited to six 32-gallon containers per week. All trash must be in plastic bags in barrels with tightly fitting covers. Cardboard boxes are not acceptable as waste containers, as they are a mandatory recycling item.

    HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL

    Eco-Depot
    (401) 942-1430 ext. 241

    RI Resource Recovery Corporation's
    Household Hazardous Waste
    www.rirrc.org

    Recreation Department
    Martin Recreation Center (The "Hut")
    35 Golden Hill Street
    Newport, Rhode Island 02840
    www.cityofnewport.com/departments/recreation/home.cfm

    Harbor Master
    (401) 845-5815

    Tiverton

    Situated on the eastern banks of the Sakonnet River, the Town of Tiverton is a community with a proud past - and a promising future. Rich in history, the town is the home of Fort Barton, a revolutionary war site in which troops were launched to defend Newport and Aquidneck Island from the British. It is thought to be the largest launching of troops in the Revolutionary War. Fort Barton is open to visitors, and the breathtaking views and nature trails are a delight to behold. The view from the observation tower on a clear day provides a panorama, extending from the tip of Newport to the skyline of Providence. The town has planned for conservation by the development of Weetamoo Woods, a 480-acre preservation with walking paths and excellent examples of environmental growth as it was many years ago. The two public beaches in town provide excellent recreation. Fogland Beach also offers one of the best wind surfing areas on the eastern seaboard.

    Not content to rest on the natural beauty, splendor and history of the community, the town is also moving forward with economic development while taking every precaution to preserve the outstanding quality of life present there. Tiverton will soon be the site of the third largest power production facility in Rhode Island. Equipped with the most stringent environmental safeguards, Tiverton Power Associateshas begun construction on a 265-megawatt facility in the Tiverton Industrial Park.

    The economic vitality of the community is also evident in the construction of a new state-of-the-art medical facility, a 150- unit assisted living facility, and a new medical and technological research facility.

    No visit to Tiverton would be complete without a trip to Tiverton Four Corners. The site of historic buildings and quaint shops, Tiverton Four Corners will also be host to one of the largest outdoor sculpture exhibits from May to September this year. Whatever your taste, Tiverton can provide you with what you want. Secluded walks along the waterfront, nature trails and historic points of interest - it’s all here!

    AREA FACTS

    Population (2010) 7,557
    Area 4.17
    Residential Tax Rate $11.26 per $1,000 (2008)
    Median Household Income $60,621

    AREA INFORMATION

    Town Hall
    343 Highland Road, Tiverton, RI 02878
    www.tiverton.ri.gov
    (401) 625-6710

    PUBLIC SAFETY - POLICE/FIRE

    Emergency
    9-1-1

    Police Non-emergency
    (401) 625-6717

    Fire Non-emergency
    (401) 625-6707

    SCHOOL DEPARTMENT

    Superintendant
    99 Lawton Avenue
    Tiverton, RI 02878-4631
    www.tiverton.ri.gov/education/education.html
    (401) 624-6114

    LIBRARIES

    Essex Public Library
    238 Highland Road, Tiverton, RI 02878
    http://tivertonlibrary.org/ (401) 625-6796

    Union Public Library
    3832 Main Road, Tiverton, RI 02878
    http://tivertonlibrary.org/
    (401) 625-6799

    TRASH & RECYCLING

    Department of Public Works
    50 Industrial Way, Tiverton, RI 02878
    www.tiverton.ri.gov/government/dpwdept.html
    (401) 625-6760

    Residential curbside pickup of recyclables and household trash is available weekly. Recyclables are transported to RI Resource Recovery Corporation in Johnston for processing. RIRRC does not charge the Town for drop-off of these materials. Residents may obtain blue and green recycling bins for $5 each, at the DPW on Monday - Friday between 7 AM and 3:30 PM. Separation of recyclables from the trash is mandatory whether they are disposed at curbside or at the landfill.

    HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL

    Eco-Depot
    (401) 942-1430 ext. 241

    RI Resource Recovery Corporation's
    Household Hazardous Waste
    www.rirrc.org

    RECREATION DEPARTMENT
    www.tiverton.ri.gov/recreation/recreation.html

    Harbor Master
    (401) 625-6710

    Little Compton

    Little Compton was incorporated as a part of Plymouth Colony in 1682. In 1746, under Royal Decree, it was transferred to Rhode Island. The town is located in a rural part of the state. Bounded on the east by the Town of Westport, Mass., on the south by the Atlantic Ocean, and the west by the Sakonnet River (approximately 13.5 miles of coast-line), it is the second smallest in population of the 39 cities and towns in Rhode Island. Little Compton encompasses an area of 23.2 square miles, of which 1.7 square miles is inland water. The town is a rural agricultural community with a small fishing fleet that operates from Sakonnet harbor.

    Agriculture, fishing, and seasonal-based economic activity are the most significant elements of the local economy. Most businesses are small. There are no motels or large office buildings, few multiple family dwellings, and only one hotel (14 rooms, 3 stories high). Employment for Little Compton residents is largely centered on Aquidneck Island, and in Providence and Southeastern Massachusetts.

    AREA FACTS

    Population (2010) 3,492
    Area 21.6 square miles
    Residential Tax Rate $5.33 per $1,000 (2008)
    Median Household Income (2010) $71,134

    AREA INFORMATION

     

    Town Hall
    40 Commons
    P.O. Box 226
    Little Compton, RI 02837
    www.little-compton.com
    (401) 635-4400

    PUBLIC SAFETY - POLICE/FIRE

    Emergency                   9 1 1
    Police                           (401) 635-2311
    Fire Non-emergency   (401) 635-2324

    SCHOOL DEPARTMENT

    Superintendent
    Kathryn Crowley
    Wilbur/McMahon School
    28 Commons, P.O. Box 178
    Little Compton, RI 02837
    (401) 635-2351

    LIBRARY

    Brownell Library
    The Commons
    Little Compton, RI
    www.brownell-libraryri.org
    (401) 635-8562

    TRANSFER STATION

    Maintenance Facility     (401) -635-2869

    Transfer Station Permit is available to residents at the Town Clerk's office for a $5 fee. Some items require an additional fee, such as appliance with chlorofluorocarbons (Freon) for $25. Call the Town Clerk's office at 635-4400 for detailed list.

    HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL

    Eco-Depot
    (401) 942-1430 ext. 241.
    RI Resource Recovery Corporation's Household Hazardous Waste website, www.rirrc.org.

    Harbor Master
    (401) 835-4474

    Bristol

    Located on a peninsula between Narragansett and Mount Hope Bays, Bristol is about 12 miles southeast of Providence and 12 miles north of Newport. With a population of 22,000, Bristol is easily accessible from Route 114 or Route 136 via Route 195, and from the Mount Hope Bridge via Route 24.

    Bristol was the site of the first battle of King Philip's war in 1675. This was the rebellion by Wampanoag Indians against settlers who bought land from King Philip's late father, Sachem Massasoit. Philip was defeated but his Indian name, Metacom, has been given to one of Bristol's main roads. King Philip made Mount Hope his headquarters. The rocky ledge known as "King Philip's chair" where he watched for enemy ships on Mount Hope Bay is still a popular visitors' location today. As a result of the war, Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts retained Bristol lands until finally releasing them in 1747.

    Bristol holds the distinction of having the oldest, continuous Fourth of July Celebration in America. The Celebration, first held in 1785, was started by Bristolians who actually took part in the Revolutionary War thus welding a permanent tie with our modern Celebrations. Bristol's original fervor in celebrating Independence Day was nurtured by extreme hardships suffered during the Revolution. This fervor continues today as Bristol becomes arguably the most patriotic town in America during the three-week Celebration which culminates in the gala Parade on Independence Day which is watched by over 200,000 enthusiastic people.

    Sailing and shipbuilding have played an important role in the life of Bristol since the 17th century. Today Bristol is the home of several shipbuilding companies that have local and international reputations for quality and workmanship. Included in their portfolio are several America's Cup yachts. In 1995, Bristol became the home of the America's Cup Hall of Fame.

    Bristol is the cultural center for Bristol County as it is home to eight fine museums and Roger Williams University. Roger Williams University, located at the southernmost tip of Bristol overlooking Mount Hope Bay, offers a full program of study which includes Liberal Arts, Business, Engineering, Architecture and a School of Law.

    Bristol remains a center of history with many handsome homes built in the 1700s and 1800s, some designed by noted architect Russell Warren, gracing the tree-lined streets. Visitors come from far away locations to enjoy Bristol's history, stroll along its waterfront, shop in its many stores and dine in its many fine restaurants.

    AREA FACTS

    Population (2009) 22,502
    Area 10.11 sq. miles land
    10.52 sq. miles water
    Residential Tax Rate $10.35 per $1,000 (2008)
    Median Household Income $63,885

    AREA INFORMATION

    Town Hall
    10 Court St., Bristol, RI 02809
    www.bristolri.us
    (401) 253-7000

    PUBLIC SAFETY - POLICE/FIRE

    Emergency
    9-1-1

    Police Non-emergency
    (401) 253-6900

    Fire & Rescue Emergency
    (401) 253-6611

    Fire Non-emergency
    (401) 253-6912

    SCHOOL DEPARTMENT

    Bristol Warren School Department
    Oliver Administration Building, 151 State Street, Bristol, RI 02809
    Phone: (401) 253-4000

    LIBRARY

    Rogers Free Library
    525 Hope Street (Route 114) P.O. Box 538, Bristol, RI 02809
    www.rogersfreelibrary.org
    (401) -253-6948

    TRASH, RECYCLING & COMPOST

    Curbside collection is limited to 10 containers per residence per pickup. Place all recyclable containers in blue bin at curb side, plastic, glass, tin cans and aluminum foil. Place Newspapers/thin cardboard in green recycling bin.

    Compost is collected April through November on the same day as trash. Compost consists of leaves and brush. Compost can be stored in bags or barrels. Yard waste can be brought to the Compost Facility at the Landfill at no cost to residents, Monday-Friday 8am to 3pm and Saturday, 8am to 11:30am. Compost Department provides free compost for residents that can be used on lawns or gardens. There are two kinds of compost available: Biosolids compost created from a combination of the by-product of the treatment plant (sludge) & yard waste and Mulch created exclusively from yard waste

    HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL

    Eco-Depot
    (401) 942-1430 ext. 241

    RI Resource Recovery Corporation's
    Household Hazardous Waste
    www.rirrc.org

    Parks & Recreation Department
    Burnside Building, Court Street, Bristol, RI 02809
    www.bristolri.us/parks/index.php 253-7000, ext. 149

    Harbor Master
    (401) 253-1700

    Center for Economic Development
    Burnside Building
    400 Hope Street
    Bristol, Rhode Island 02809
    401-396-5900