These Are The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Rhode Island For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Rhode Island have the best set up for singles: no kids, no old people, and a lot to do.

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Are you trying to find love in Rhode Island?

Or are you just looking to hook up?

Either way, we’ve got you covered here. At least, we’ll point you in the right direction – which is why you came here in the first place, right?

According to the Pew Research Center, the number of Americans who have remained single (not married) is growing. That means, people are dating a lot longer than they used to.

There are many reasons for that, including financial and cultural. And, we suspect smartphones and social media has a lot to do with it, too. After all, we’re all a lot more distracted these days.

If you live in Rhode Island, there’s a pretty good chance there are a lot of singles in your area. The Ocean State ranks in the top 10 when it comes to number of people over the age of 18 who aren’t married, or in a serious relationship. That’s great news for people looking for their match.

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

These are the best cities for singles in Rhode Island. Try not to jump in the car with a dozen roses:

  1. Newport (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Woonsocket (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Pawtucket (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Providence (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Central Falls (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Kingston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Narragansett Pier (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Cranston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Harrisville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. East Providence (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how each city ranked. If you live in or really close to one of these cities, and you’re single, you should probably get out more often. And stop staring at your phone. Just sayin’.

The most boring place in Rhode Island? That would be Hope Valley.

And after you find a mate, you’ll no doubt want to start a family and buy a home right? Don’t forget to check out the best places to live in Rhode Island or the safest places to live in Rhode Island.

How do you determine which city is best for singles in Rhode Island anyways?

To give you the places in Rhode Island which are best for singles to find one another, 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 single people like.

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

How we crunched the 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 the 2011-2015 American Community Survey Census data produced for the state of Rhode Island, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Population density
  • % of population that’s male vs. female (closer to a 50-50 ratio is better)
  • % of households with kids
  • Median age
  • Number of unmarried people in each city

We then gave each city a Singles Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for singles to find one another. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 1,000 people. For Rhode Island, that meant a total of 23 cities.

Read on to see why Newport is the talk of the town while Hope Valley is probably a bit on the boring side.

1. Newport

Newport, RI

Population: 24,570
Median Age: 36.1
Married households: 29.8%
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 southeast of Providence, 21 miles south of Fall River, and 74 miles 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.

2. Woonsocket

Woonsocket, RI

Source: Public domain

Population: 41,272
Median Age: 38.2
Married households: 34.3%
Households with kids: 28.2%
More on Woonsocket: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Woonsocket 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.

3. Pawtucket

Pawtucket, RI

Source: Public domain

Population: 71,389
Median Age: 36.4
Married households: 35.6%
Households with kids: 31.5%
More on Pawtucket: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Pawtucket 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. Providence

Providence, RI

Population: 178,851
Median Age: 29.4
Married households: 29.6%
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.

5. Central Falls

Central Falls, RI

Population: 19,366
Median Age: 28.6
Married households: 30.1%
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, 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. The city takes its name from a waterfall on the Blackstone River.

6. Kingston

Population: 6,891
Median Age: 19.6
Married households: 49.0%
Households with kids: 26.4%
More on Kingston: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Kingston is a village and a census-designated place in the town of South Kingstown, Rhode Island, United States, and the site of the main campus of the University of Rhode Island. Much of the village center is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Kingston Village Historic District.

7. Narragansett Pier

Population: 3,708
Median Age: 46.1
Married households: 37.8%
Households with kids: 11.8%
More on Narragansett Pier: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

8. Cranston

Cranston, RI

Population: 80,882
Median Age: 40.8
Married households: 45.7%
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.

9. Harrisville

Harrisville, RI

Population: 1,629
Median Age: 42.7
Married households: 29.0%
Households with kids: 31.5%
More on Harrisville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

10. East Providence

East Providence, RI

Population: 47,260
Median Age: 41.7
Married households: 40.6%
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.

There You Have It – The Best Cities for Singles 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 finding a single person (and potentially love), this is an accurate list.

Here’s a look at the most boring cities in Rhode Island according to the data:

  1. Hope Valley
  2. Greenville
  3. Ashaway

For more Rhode Island reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In Rhode Island

City Rank Population Median Age
Newport 1 24,570 36.1
Woonsocket 2 41,272 38.2
Pawtucket 3 71,389 36.4
Providence 4 178,851 29.4
Central Falls 5 19,366 28.6
Kingston 6 6,891 19.6
Narragansett Pier 7 3,708 46.1
Cranston 8 80,882 40.8
Harrisville 9 1,629 42.7
East Providence 10 47,260 41.7
Newport East 11 11,042 41.8
Warwick 12 81,881 45.0
Bradford 13 1,193 37.1
Tiverton 14 7,486 49.5
Wakefield-Peacedale 15 8,904 44.2
Valley Falls 16 12,116 42.1
Westerly 17 17,632 45.8
Pascoag 18 4,915 41.2
Cumberland Hill 19 8,014 45.0
Chepachet 20 1,863 48.9
Ashaway 21 1,111 48.9
Greenville 22 8,425 49.4
Hope Valley 23 1,788 42.9

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