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.
Here are the 10 best places to live in Rhode Island for 2019:
- Cumberland Hill (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Warwick (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Kingston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Hope Valley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Ashaway (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Cranston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Wakefield-Peacedale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Narragansett Pier (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Newport (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Greenville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
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.
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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’.
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
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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
- Watch Hill (Pop. 167)
- Weekapaug (Pop. 402)
- Quonochontaug (Pop. 639)
- Harmony (Pop. 909)
- Carolina (Pop. 754)
- Greene (Pop. 728)
- Misquamicut (Pop. 416)
- Hopkinton (Pop. 450)
If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Rhode Island according to the data:
- Woonsocket (Pop. 41,272)
- Pascoag (Pop. 4,915)
- Central Falls (Pop. 19,366)
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