10 Best Places To Retire In Rhode Island For 2019


We analyzed over 10 places in Rhode Island to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best places to retire in Rhode Island.

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When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.

But not not everyone wants to spend their golden years in Florida; some of us want to stay close to friends and family and within the great state of Rhode Island.

Where exactly in Rhode Island is the best place to retire? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data — which returns Pawtucket as the best place to hang up your cleats.

To that end, we have tried to identify the places in Rhode Island that are safe, affordable, and have plenty of things to keep you busy well into retirement.

What did we find after pouring through all the data? Let’s just say we hope folks in Pawtucket don’t mind us spreading the word.

Why did Pawtucket take the top spot? And where are Providence and Warwick?

Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details.

For Rhode Island state reading:

Pawtucket, RI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 71,389
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 3)
Median Rent: $858
Distance to Closest Airport: 38 miles
More on Pawtucket: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Pawtucket is a city in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 71,148 at the 2010 census. It is the fourth largest city in the state.

Woonsocket, RI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 41,272
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $827
Distance to Closest Airport: 35 miles
More on Woonsocket: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Woonsocket is a city in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 41,186 at the 2010 census, making it the sixth largest city in the state. Woonsocket lies directly south of the Massachusetts state line and constitutes part of both the Providence metropolitan area and the larger Greater Boston Combined Statistical Area.

East Providence, RI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 47,260
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 4)
Median Rent: $910
Distance to Closest Airport: 42 miles
More on East Providence: Real Estate | Data | Photos

East Providence is a city in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 47,037 at the 2010 census, making it the fifth largest city in the state.

Providence, RI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 178,851
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $917
Distance to Closest Airport: 42 miles
More on Providence: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Providence is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Rhode Island in the early 1900s it was the most visited place, founded in 1636 and one of the oldest cities in the United States. It was founded by Roger Williams, a religious exile from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He named the area in honor of “God’s merciful Providence” which he believed was responsible for revealing such a haven for him and his followers to settle. The city is situated at the mouth of the Providence River at the head of Narragansett Bay.

Tiverton, RI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,486
Rank Last Year:
Median Rent: $936
Distance to Closest Airport: 50 miles
More on Tiverton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Tiverton is a town in Newport County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 15,780 at the 2010 census.

Westerly, RI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 17,632
Rank Last Year:
Median Rent: $1,066
Distance to Closest Airport: 59 miles
More on Westerly: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Westerly is a town on the southwestern shoreline of Washington County, Rhode Island, United States founded in 1669 by John Babcock. It is a beachfront community on the south shore of the state. The population was 22,787 at the 2010 census.

Review Of Westerly by HomeSnacks User

I am proud to be from Westerly, which I consider a metropolitan town.

Cranston, RI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 80,882
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Rent: $988
Distance to Closest Airport: 47 miles
More on Cranston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Cranston, once known as Pawtuxet, is a city in the U.S. state of Rhode Island. With a population of 80,529 at the 2010 census, it is the third largest city in the state. The center of population of Rhode Island is located in Cranston. Cranston is a part of the Providence metropolitan area.

Warwick, RI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 81,881
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Rent: $1,091
Distance to Closest Airport: 50 miles
More on Warwick: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Central Falls, RI

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 19,366
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 8)
Median Rent: $809
Distance to Closest Airport: 38 miles
More on Central Falls: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Central Falls is a city in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 19,376 at the 2010 census. With an area of only 1.29 square miles, it is the smallest and most densely populated city in the smallest state, and the 27th most densely populated incorporated place in the United States. It is also one of only four incorporated places in New England that have a higher population density than the city of Boston. The city takes its name from a waterfall on the Blackstone River.

Newport, RI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 24,570
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 5)
Median Rent: $1,096
Distance to Closest Airport: 63 miles
More on Newport: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Newport is a seaside city on Aquidneck Island in Newport County, Rhode Island, United States. The City of Newport is located approximately 37 miles southeast of Providence, 21 miles south of Fall River, and 74 miles south of Boston. It is known as a New England summer resort and is famous for its mansions. It is also the home of Salve Regina University and Naval Station Newport, which houses the United States Naval War College, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, and a major United States Navy training center. It was a major 18th-century port city and also contains a high number of surviving buildings from the colonial era of the United States.

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.

How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Ocean State for 2019

To create our list of the best places in Rhode Island to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Ocean State — 34 cities and towns.

We then narrowed it down to places with at least 7,000 people that weren’t townships. This left us with 10 places from across the state.

For these 10, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living as measured by rent
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport
  • Other retirees (High median age)

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 10, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Pawtucket, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire In Rhode Island Yet…

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Rhode Island goes to Pawtucket.

If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  1. Newport
  2. Central Falls
  3. Warwick

For more Rhode Island reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Rhode Island?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Pawtucket 71,389 $858
2 Woonsocket 41,272 $827
3 East Providence 47,260 $910
4 Providence 178,851 $917
5 Tiverton 7,486 $936
6 Westerly 17,632 $1,066
7 Cranston 80,882 $988
8 Warwick 81,881 $1,091
9 Central Falls 19,366 $809
10 Newport 24,570 $1,096

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.

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