10 Best Places To Live In Rhode Island For 2019


We used science and data to determine which Rhode Island cities are the cream of the crop.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best places to live in Rhode Island.

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Where are the best places in the state of Rhode Island?

To the untrained eye they are the places that have awesome economies. They're the places in Ocean State where people have the best jobs, residents are all above average, and the sun shines the most.

However, here at HomeSnacks, we don't trust the untrained eye and instead look to data to understand the best places to call home in Rhode Island.

There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it's hard to argue against.

After analyzing 23 places in Rhode Island, we came up with this list of the best places.

Well, it looks like you should check out Cumberland Hill if you're thinking of moving to Rhode Island -- it's the best the Ocean State has to offer according to the data.

Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best places to live in Rhode Island.

If you're looking for something more national, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

For more Rhode Island reading, check out:

The 10 Best Places To Live In Rhode Island For 2019

Cumberland Hill, RI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,014
Rank Last Year: -
Median Home Value: $246,300 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 0.3% (1st best)
More on Cumberland Hill: Real Estate | Data | Photos

According to scientific data, Cumberland Hill is the best place in Rhode Island, and it's not even close.

Residents here earn the 3rd most per household in the state and crime is basically non-existent.

No wonder the population here has jumped more than 30% in the last five years. Everyone who can afford it wants to live here.

So if you're moving to Rhode Island and want to settle in an awesome place, look no further.

Warwick, RI

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Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 81,881
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $195,700 (18th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.0% (10th best)
More on Warwick: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Warwick is second only to Providence in state as far as population goes, but it's by far the most populated place on this list.

Located 12 miles south of downtown Providence, Warwick ranks in the top 30% for almost every category.

Also, if you ever fly into Rhode Island, Warwick will probably be your first impression, since its home to the state's main airport.

Not a bad place to start!

Review Of Warwick by HomeSnacks User

Not sure who you are or if youve ever been to Warwick, but where I live in Warwick it is very peaceful and quite. Every town/city gets a few nuckleheads, but thats no reason to say that we are one of the worse places to live. This whole world is gone mad.

Kingston, RI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 6,891
Rank Last Year: -
Median Home Value: $332,800 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 9.4% (19th best)
More on Kingston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Perhaps what makes Kingston so amazing is the high emphasis they put on quality education: they have one of the highest rate of education at attainment for adults.

However, quality education isn't all that makes Kingston great. They also have the 5th highest median income and the 5th shortest commute time.

Hope Valley, RI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,788
Rank Last Year: -
Median Home Value: $261,600 (8th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.4% (4th best)
More on Hope Valley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hope Valley is just about as close to a perfect area as you can get. Residents here are gainfully employed, and the schools are some of the best in the state. It's safe, and residents get to enjoy the benefits of quality at home living.

It's quite a gem tucked away in Rhode Island.

Ashaway, RI

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 1,111
Rank Last Year: -
Median Home Value: $203,500 (16th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.9% (13th best)
More on Ashaway: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ashaway is a cute little city where crime is far below the state average, and where it's affordable. The schools are also solidly rated.

Home prices clock in at $203,500 and households earn a median salary of $90,655. One could get used to that.

Cranston, RI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 80,882
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $212,200 (14th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.8% (12th best)
More on Cranston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

When you're looking at the best places you could live in Rhode Island, Cranston came in 6th. Let's see why.

It has a low unemployment rate and high incomes.

Plus, Cranston has an impressive history for a place of just over 80,882 people. The median home costs a cool $212,200 and households make $61,646 which is good for 13th in Rhode Island.

Wakefield-Peacedale, RI

Overall SnackAbility

/10

Population: 8,904
Rank Last Year: -
Median Home Value: $298,800 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 9.2% (18th best)
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At an unemployment rate of 9.2%, everyone who wants a job can get one in Wakefield-Peacedale. And the residents command high salaries ($66,711 a year combined income), and live in big fancy homes ($298,800 each).

We're not saying money is why these cities are the 'best' in Rhode Island. What we're implying is that money means safety and peace of mind. And there's nothing wrong with that.

Narragansett Pier, RI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,708
Rank Last Year: -
Median Home Value: $454,000 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.0% (5th best)
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Narragansett Pier ranks as the 8th best place in Rhode Island for 2019. Let's take a look at why.

Narragansett Pier has a lower crime rate than the cities mentioned above. Narragansett Pier's cost of living is a tick higher, but families also earn much higher salaries - to the tune of $62,058 a year.

The knock? We can't really find one 🙂

Newport, RI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 24,570
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $382,200 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.9% (8th best)
More on Newport: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The Town of Newport consistently ranks as one of the best places to live. There aren't any surprises here. Which probably adds credibility to our data, right?

Let's see why Newport ranks so high. First of all, the homes in Newport are the 2nd most expensive in the state of Rhode Island, with the average home worth a whopping $382,200. We're not elitists, nor are we saying that big homes means a better place to live. But price reflects demand, and simply put, a lot of people want to live in Newport if they can afford it.

Other numbers that stand out: Newport residents have the 14th highest income in the state, and the 22nd lowest crime numbers in Rhode Island.

Review Of Newport by HomeSnacks User

Newport is one of my favorite places to vacation. Right on the water, its location is a wonderful combination of shops, restaurants, with the marina right there is a picturesque sight.

The people of Newport and nearby towns are very friendly and down to earth. Their relaxed attitude about life and slower pace is a nice change from the hustle and bustle of big city living.

Greenville, RI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,425
Rank Last Year: -
Median Home Value: $266,200 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 9.1% (17th best)
More on Greenville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Greenville has a long and illustrious history and its ranking in the top ten of our best places to live is just another notch in its belt.\n\Greenville had the 4th highest household median income adjusted for cost of living at $77,375.

Not to mention that its residents have plenty to do on the weekends.

Mapping The Best And Worst Places To Live in Rhode Island

The Pressing Question: Size

Before we even started to collect data, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit Providence with a population of 178,851 against places with a population of 18?

We firmly decided no, that just isn't fair.

So to create our ranking, we broke places to live into three tiers:

  • Cities -- Populations over 1,000
  • Towns -- Populations between 1,000 and 1,000
  • Small Towns -- Populations below 1,000

This left us with 23 cities, 0 towns, and 8 small towns.

We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best places have more of everything and therefore you need to have over 1,000 people to truly be 'the best'.

Now we also realize that city living might not be your cup of tea, so we ran the following analysis on towns and then again for small towns.

You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.

How We Calculated The Best Cities To Live In Rhode Island

Now that we had our set of cities, it was time to rank them.

We ranked each place in Rhode Island across a number of criteria from one to 23, with one being the best.

We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title "Best Place To Live In Rhode Island".

The criteria we looked at were:

  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Population Density (Higher better)
  • Unemployment Rate
  • Commute Time
  • Crime
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty rates

Sources of criteria include the New Census Data and FBI Crime Data.

After the dust settled, what was the best place to live in Rhode Island? That would be Cumberland Hill.

If your city or town isn't among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart of the best places in Rhode Island.

Otherwise, buckle up for a ride down good living lane with Cumberland Hill at the end of the cul-de-sac.

Wrapping Up The Best Places When It Comes To Living In Rhode Island

If you're looking at areas in Rhode Island with the best economic situations, where there's lower than average crime, and a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

Cumberland Hill made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for the best place to live in Rhode Island for 2019.

Best Towns To Live In Rhode Island

Best Small Towns To Live In Rhode Island

  1. Watch Hill (Pop. 167)
  2. Weekapaug (Pop. 402)
  3. Quonochontaug (Pop. 639)
  4. Harmony (Pop. 909)
  5. Carolina (Pop. 754)
  6. Greene (Pop. 728)
  7. Misquamicut (Pop. 416)
  8. Hopkinton (Pop. 450)

If you're curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Rhode Island according to the data:

  1. Woonsocket (Pop. 41,272)
  2. Pascoag (Pop. 4,915)
  3. Central Falls (Pop. 19,366)

For more Rhode Island reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places To Live In Rhode Island?

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Cumberland Hill 8,014 0.3% $246,300
2 Warwick 81,881 7.0% $195,700
3 Kingston 6,891 9.4% $332,800
4 Hope Valley 1,788 4.4% $261,600
5 Ashaway 1,111 7.9% $203,500
6 Cranston 80,882 7.8% $212,200
7 Wakefield-Peacedale 8,904 9.2% $298,800
8 Narragansett Pier 3,708 5.0% $454,000
9 Newport 24,570 5.9% $382,200
10 Greenville 8,425 9.1% $266,200

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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