Best Places To Retire In Rhode Island For 2020


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 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best places to retire in Rhode Island.

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You've finally finished the career grind and are looking to retire somewhere in the Ocean State. But where are the best places to retire in Rhode Island? Don't worry, we've got you covered.

First off: why retire in Rhode Island? For starters, it's one of the safest states in the country, so you won't have to spend your retirement worrying about crime. Second, if you need to retire near the sea, you'll never be too far away in Rhode Island. And the beaches of Rhode Island cater to everyone; from the more family-oriented Easton's Beach in Newport to the more exciting Misquamicut State Beach in Westerly, complete with all the water sport rentals you could ever want. Third, the art scene in Providence is guaranteed to keep you smiling. Especially WaterFire Providence events in the summer, which are sure to take your breath away (and provide some epic pictures to show the family). Heck, Taylor Swift and James Woods have good reason to call Old Rhody home.

So just where are these great places for retirement in Rhode Island? Most of these ten cities are also among Rhode Island's biggest cities, so you definitely won't be far from the action. Some of the state's most famous cities, like Providence, Newport, and Pawtucket, are all great places for retirement, so you won't need to break out the map when you're explaining where you're retiring to your family.

We hope you like clam chowder and Del's Lemonade, because we're heading to the best places to retire in Rhode Island.

Why did Tiverton take the top spot? And where are Providence and Cranston?

There you have it: the best places to retire in Rhode Island. Fun fact: 100% of the cities on this also make up our list of best cities for families in Rhode Island. Talk about ready-made material for convincing the family to move close by.

You may be curious how we arrived at these places as the best of the best for retirement in Rhode Island. Well, we started by narrowing down our search to the 10 cities in Rhode Island with a population of at least 7,000. Then we parsed data from the Census, the FBI's Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights, looking for the most affordable, safest, and sunniest cities with the most to do. What city got the gold medal for retirement? According to the data, Tiverton is the best place to retire in Rhode Island for 2020.

Want to see how all 10 cities we looked at did? Check out the complete list below for each city of at least 7,000 did in our rankings.

For more Rhode Island state reading:

The 10 Best Places To Retire In Rhode Island For 2020

Tiverton, RI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,757
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Rent: $919
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.

East Providence, RI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 47,449
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Rent: $948
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.

Woonsocket, RI

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 41,539
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Rent: $883
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.

Westerly, RI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 17,435
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $1,028
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.

Pawtucket, RI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 71,756
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $903
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.

Cranston, RI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 81,196
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Rent: $1,021
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.

Central Falls, RI

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 19,382
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $837
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.

Warwick, RI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 81,079
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $1,132
Distance to Closest Airport: 50 miles
More on Warwick: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Providence, RI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 179,435
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Rent: $972
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.

Newport, RI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 24,762
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Rent: $1,200
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

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.

How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Ocean State for 2020

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 Tiverton, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers. You can download the data here.

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 Tiverton.

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

  1. Newport
  2. Providence
  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 Tiverton 7,757 $919
2 East Providence 47,449 $948
3 Woonsocket 41,539 $883
4 Westerly 17,435 $1,028
5 Pawtucket 71,756 $903
6 Cranston 81,196 $1,021
7 Central Falls 19,382 $837
8 Warwick 81,079 $1,132
9 Providence 179,435 $972
10 Newport 24,762 $1,200

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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.

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