Demographics

Newport County

Experience the Difference of 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