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:

  1. Cumberland Hill (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Warwick (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Kingston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Hope Valley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Ashaway (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Cranston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Wakefield-Peacedale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Narragansett Pier (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Newport (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. 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.

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.

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

At an unemployment rate of 0.3%, everyone who wants a job can get one in Cumberland Hill. And the residents command high salaries ($80,625 a year combined income), and live in big fancy homes ($246,300 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.

Warwick, RI

Source: Public domain
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

Little Kingston has it made. It has the 19th lowest unemployment rate, and crime is far below average for Rhode Island.

Residents here have great jobs, and the home price proves it’s a highly desirable location in the state, for those who can afford the high cost of living

We’d recommend you start saving up!

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

When you’re looking at the best places you could live in Rhode Island, Hope Valley came in 4th. Let’s see why.

It has a low unemployment rate and high incomes.

Plus, Hope Valley has an impressive history for a place of just over 1,788 people. The median home costs a cool $261,600 and households make $70,474 which is good for 6th 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 offers an impressive amount to do while maintaining a small town’s charm.

The unemployment rate sits as the 13th lowest in Rhode Island and incomes are the 1st highest.

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

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 has a really low crime rate (2nd lowest) and only 7.8% of the people are unemployed. Additionally, residents here have high paying jobs ($61,646). 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 Cranston.

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 had the 18th lowest unemployment of any place in our research (9.2%) and the 7th lowest crime rate. However, the relative lack of population density and long commute times held it back from being higher on our list.

Wakefield-Peacedale is home to an exceptional Volunteer Fire Department that represents so much about what it’s like to live there.

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

In Narragansett Pier, everyone loves to call Narragansett Pier home! The median home value is the 1st highest in Rhode Island.

Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 5th lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Ocean State.

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

Newport has it made. In fact, according to science, it’s one of the best places to live in the state of Rhode Island.

The unemployment rate is the 8th lowest in the state at 5.9%, and residents make a pretty penny. Median incomes are $59,794, and the average cost of a home is $382,200. Which is an indication that lots of people want to live here.

We wouldn’t be surprised if more and more publications call Newport one of America’s gems.

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

Who wouldn’t want to live in a place where there’s low crime and everyone is rich? That’s the case with Greenville.

Things are looking peachy keen here. The unemployment rate is the 17th lowest in Rhode Island and the median income comes in at $77,375.

This is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.

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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