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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.
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.
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The 10 Best Places To Retire In Rhode Island For 2020
Tiverton is a town in Newport County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 15,780 at the 2010 census.
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 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 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.
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, 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 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.
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 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.
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.
- 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:
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