10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Rhode Island For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Rhode Island have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

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If you’re like the rest of us, you’re looking for the perfect place for your family. But you have a strict criteria; the city has to be safe, affordable, and stimulating. Basically, the place you move – or even visit – has to be outright perfect.

Is that attainable? Perhaps not, but we’ll get you as close as we can.

Promise.

According to the United States Census, the number of American families who move is trending downwards Why is that? Perhaps it has to do with the ‘safety net’ factor: We get comfortable where we live, and we’re afraid to try a new move. What if the schools are bad? What if it’s dangerous?

Well, we can pretty much guarantee that if you choose the cities we’re mentioning below, you won’t lose any sleep whatsoever.

So, where are the best cities for families in Rhode Island? We’ve got the answers here.

These are the best cities to raise a family in the Ocean State:

  1. Providence (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Cranston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Pawtucket (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Warwick (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. East Providence (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Westerly (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Central Falls (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Tiverton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Newport (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Woonsocket (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you’re thinking of making a move to Rhode Island, and want a family-friendly place, we’ve got you covered. And if you already have kids, we’re surprised you made it this far into the article and hope your little ones give you a couple of more minutes of free time.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out the best places to live in Rhode Island and, for those of you on a budget, the cheapest places to live in Rhode Island.

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How do you determine which place is best for families in Rhode Island anyways?

To give you the places in Rhode Island which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what’s family-friendly and what isn’t.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Ocean State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Rhode Island, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 7,000 people. For Rhode Island, that meant a total of 10 cities.

Read on to see why Providence is where all the families are headed, while Woonsocket is probably a place made for singles.

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1. Providence

Providence, RI

Population: 178,851
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 72
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 33.6%
More on Providence: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Providence is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Rhode Island in the early 1900s it was the most visited place , founded in 1636 and one of the oldest cities in the United States. It was founded by Roger Williams, a religious exile from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He named the area in honor of ‘God’s merciful Providence’ which he believed was responsible for revealing such a haven for him and his followers to settle. The city is situated at the mouth of the Providence River at the head of Narragansett Bay.

2. Cranston

Cranston, RI

Population: 80,882
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 65
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 28.6%
More on Cranston: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Cranston, once known as Pawtuxet, is a city in the U.S. state of Rhode Island. With a population of 80,529 at the 2010 census, it is the third largest city in the state. The center of population of Rhode Island is located in Cranston. Cranston is a part of the Providence metropolitan area.

3. Pawtucket

Pawtucket, RI

Source: Public domain

Population: 71,389
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 58
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 31.5%
More on Pawtucket: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Pawtucket /ptkt/ ( listen) is a city in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 71,148 at the 2010 census. It is the fourth largest city in the state.

4. Warwick

Warwick, RI

Source: Public domain

Population: 81,881
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 57
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 26.3%
More on Warwick: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

5. East Providence

East Providence, RI

Population: 47,260
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 57
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 27.7%
More on East Providence: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

East Providence is a city in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 47,037 at the 2010 census, making it the fifth largest city in the state.

6. Westerly

Westerly, RI

Population: 17,632
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 51
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 27.5%
More on Westerly: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Westerly is a town on the southwestern shoreline of Washington County, Rhode Island, United States founded in 1669 by John Babcock. It is a beachfront community on the south shore of the state. The population was 22,787 at the 2010 census.

7. Central Falls

Central Falls, RI

Population: 19,366
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 51
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 48.7%
More on Central Falls: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Central Falls is a city in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 19,376 at the 2010 census. With an area of only 1.29 square miles (3.3 km2), it is the smallest and most densely populated city in the smallest state, and the 27th most densely populated incorporated place in the United States. It is also one of only four incorporated places in New England that have a higher population density than the city of Boston (ranking fourth, behind the Massachusetts cities of Somerville, Chelsea and Cambridge, all inner suburbs of Boston). The city takes its name from a waterfall on the Blackstone River.

8. Tiverton

Tiverton, RI

Source: Public domain

Population: 7,486
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 38
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 22.0%
More on Tiverton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Tiverton is a town in Newport County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 15,780 at the 2010 census.

9. Newport

Newport, RI

Population: 24,570
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 82
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 19.8%
More on Newport: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Newport is a seaside city on Aquidneck Island in Newport County, Rhode Island, United States. The City of Newport is located approximately 37 miles (60 km) southeast of Providence, 21 miles (34 km) south of Fall River, and 74 miles (119 km) south of Boston. It is known as a New England summer resort and is famous for its mansions. It is also the home of Salve Regina University and Naval Station Newport, which houses the United States Naval War College, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, and a major United States Navy training center. It was a major 18th-century port city and also contains a high number of surviving buildings from the colonial era of the United States.

10. Woonsocket

Woonsocket, RI

Source: Public domain

Population: 41,272
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 38
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 28.2%
More on Woonsocket: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Woonsocket (/wnskt, wn-/ wn-SOCK-it) is a city in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 41,186 at the 2010 census, making it the sixth largest city in the state. Woonsocket lies directly south of the Massachusetts state line and constitutes part of both the Providence metropolitan area and the larger Greater Boston Combined Statistical Area.

There You Have It – The Best Places To Raise A Family In Rhode Island

If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in Rhode Island ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here’s a look at the best cities for singles Rhode Island according to the data:

  1. Woonsocket
  2. Newport
  3. Tiverton

For more Rhode Island reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In Rhode Island

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Providence 178,851 71
2 Cranston 80,882 57
3 Pawtucket 71,389 44
4 Warwick 81,881 59
5 East Providence 47,260 35
6 Westerly 17,632 52
7 Central Falls 19,366 52
8 Tiverton 7,486 59
9 Newport 24,570 80
10 Woonsocket 41,272 56

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