These Are 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.

For more Rhode Island reading, check out:

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.

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

Cumberland Hill has some of the most employed as well as the highest earning residents in the entire state of Rhode Island. Factor in a very low crime rate, and this Cumberland Hill is a real gem.

With high incomes comes a high cost of living, which can been seen in the home prices. Additionally, the commute time for Cumberland Hill residents to work is significantly higher than average.

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

The crime is low. I always feel safe. The schools seem to be getting condensed. The Pre schools are very very good. There many beaches, ice cream shops, gift shops, antique shops and movie theatres. There are plenty of stores and markets.

My favorite place to eat is Poco Loco. It is a taco biking trail, beach, dog park, and playing fields.

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

Kingston offers an impressive amount to do while maintaining a small town’s charm.

The unemployment rate sits as the 19th lowest in Rhode Island and incomes are the 5th highest.

When you come into town be sure to check out the parks as they are a good time for people of all ages.

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 takes 4th place on our list of best places in Rhode Island for 2019 thanks to a strong showing in unemployment rate (4th overall) and things to do.

Hope Valley is no stranger to top ten lists, being named one of the best places to live in the country by multiple outlets over the past ten years. And that tends to happen when home prices hit $261,600 at the median.

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

Taking a similar route to the top ten as many others on this list, Ashaway ranked highly for adjusted median income (1st), crime (7th), and unemployment (13th).

With a population of 1,111 it was one of the smaller in the top ten and its government website actually goes to pains to say that it’s a “community though not a city”.

But don’t listen to what they say people of Ashaway, you can be anything you want.

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

Cranston is another gem in Ocean State. The unemployment rate here is 12th lowest in the entire state at 7.8%. Other factors that make Cranston so desirable is the solid education and home prices.

Homes are valued at $212,200, and parents earn a combined $61,646 a year

There’s nothing like the American dream.

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

Wakefield-Peacedale broke into the top ten best places to live in Rhode Island on the back of a low unemployment and a quality schools system.

It placed 18th overall for its low unemployment rate and the 8th highest median income of any place in our analysis.

However, it only has the 10th shortest average commute time of any place in Rhode Island.

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

It’s obvious why Narragansett Pier ranks 8th in the state for best places to live: they have the 5th lowest unemployment rate and the 1st highest home values.

Plus, they’re known for their quality education and relatively low crime, making Narragansett Pier a great place to live.

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

There’s two types of people who live in Newport. Either the old hold outs who have lived there forever and are watching their home values skyrocket, or those d who can afford to buy a $382,200 home there.

Either way, you’re set. Your kids go to great schools, there’s a ton of things to do, and you earn a great salary. Newport is exactly what you hoped for when you played that board game, LIFE as a kid.

Review Of Newport by HomeSnacks User

I’ve been going to Newport, RI since I was a newborn and several times each year. It’s the perfect town to me. It’s absolutely beautiful, I love the beach and the fact I could walk right downtown from my Grandmothers. They have a strip of mansions along the beach that are beautiful as well.

My favorite places were the beach, downtown and driving down Ocean Drive to see the mansions.

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

In Greenville, everyone loves to call Greenville home! The median home value is the 7th highest in Rhode Island.

Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 17th lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Ocean State.

Greenville should consider renaming to Paradise Valley in our humble opinion.

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:

Detailed List Of 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
11 Newport East 11,042 6.4% $297,200
12 Westerly 17,632 5.7% $280,800
13 Valley Falls 12,116 4.1% $214,600
14 East Providence 47,260 8.3% $206,700
15 Tiverton 7,486 8.5% $243,700
16 Chepachet 1,863 5.1% $238,200
17 Bradford 1,193 21.4% $219,300
18 Harrisville 1,629 1.4% $179,300
19 Pawtucket 71,389 11.6% $169,000
20 Providence 178,851 11.0% $173,800
21 Woonsocket 41,272 7.5% $156,100
22 Pascoag 4,915 8.5% $198,000
23 Central Falls 19,366 10.4% $153,900

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