The 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.

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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.

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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

If you want to live in Rhode Island, you can’t go wrong if you decide to make the Cumberland Hill area your home. However, everyone and their mother wants to live here.

Can you blame them? It’s a beautiful place with really low crime, where a majority of residents are wealthy (a $80,625 median income will do that).

Plus, the residents are really involved with helping to make Cumberland Hill as great as possible. You can’t get it much better than in Cumberland Hill.

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!

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

Things can’t get much better than in the town of Kingston. The crime is the 7th lowest in the entire state, and the residents who live in Kingston make huge salaries, and almost all of them have great jobs.

The median home costs a cool $332,800 and households make $76,250 which is good for 5th in Rhode Island.

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 isn’t just the nicest place to live in Rhode Island – it’s also the one of the fastest growing places in the state. And with good reason.

It’s got the 4th lowest unemployment rate, the 6th highest adjusted income, and rates above most places in education.

When you’re looking at science and data, Hope Valley definitely deserves a spot on the list for 2019.

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 has a really low crime rate (7th lowest) and only 7.9% of the people are unemployed. Additionally, residents here have high paying jobs ($90,655). And that goes a long way.

The population is growing at a steady clip, and the cost of living is lower than it should be. So people have an extra incentive to live in Ashaway.

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

Perhaps what makes Cranston 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 Cranston great. They also have the 13th highest median income and the 7th shortest commute time.

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)
More on Wakefield-Peacedale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Good things do come in small packages; it’s true for Wakefield-Peacedale, which with a population of 8,904 makes it one of the smallest on this list.

Relatively low unemployment and relatively high adjusted income are just two blessings Wakefield-Peacedale residents enjoy.

The 7th lowest crime rate in all of Rhode Island makes Wakefield-Peacedale one of the safest place on this list.

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)
More on Narragansett Pier: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The Narragansett Pier has the 5th lowest unemployment rate in Rhode Island. The population growth here has been 8% over the last 15 years, meaning a lot of people want to live here. If they can afford it; the cost of living in Narragansett Pier is higher than the national average and households make $62,058 per year.

We’d move to Narragansett Pier if we could in a heart beat.

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 crime rate is much lower here than in the rest of Rhode Island, as there were only 62 violent crimes in the city limits last year. The unemployment rate is the 8th lowest in Rhode Island (5.9%), and the public schools are ranked 3rd in the state in terms of spending per student.

Additionally, homes are the 2nd most expensive in Newport ($382,200), meaning a lot of people want to live there.

Plus, the residents earn a really great salary: $59,794 a year.

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)

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Where Are The 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

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