Fastest Growing Cities In Rhode Island For 2020

We used data and science to determine the places in Rhode Island everyone wants to move to today.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the fastest growing cities in Rhode Island.

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Is being in an area that's growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?

Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Providence and Cranston, while others want peace and quiet like in Kingston and Tiverton, thank you very much.

But today we're going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts -- over the past five years, which cities in Rhode Island have the grown the fastest.

After getting knee deep in the Census's American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Ocean State that have people climbing over each other to get in.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Rhode Island for 2020 according to the most recent census data:

What's the fastest growing city in Rhode Island for 2020? Based on the most recent ACS data, Kingston ranks as the fastest growing city in Rhode Island. If you happen to be a resident of Kingston, you're probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you're surprised--and you're wondering why these places are kind of a big deal--keep reading. We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in Rhode Island are growing like weeds.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in Rhode Island or the Fastest Growing States In America.

For more Rhode Island state reading:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Rhode Island For 2020

Kingston, RI

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Population: 6,789
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 6,126
Percent Growth 10.8%
Absolute Growth: 663
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Kingston is a village and a census-designated place in the town of South Kingstown, Rhode Island, United States, and the site of the main campus of the University of Rhode Island. Much of the village center is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Kingston Village Historic District.

Tiverton, RI

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Population: 7,757
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population 2010: 7,296
Percent Growth 6.3%
Absolute Growth: 461
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Tiverton is a town in Newport County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 15,780 at the 2010 census.

Cumberland Hill, RI

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Population: 8,142
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 7,820
Percent Growth 4.1%
Absolute Growth: 322
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Valley Falls, RI

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Population: 11,828
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 11,518
Percent Growth 2.7%
Absolute Growth: 310
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Wakefield-Peacedale, RI

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Population: 9,092
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 11)
Population 2010: 9,021
Percent Growth 0.8%
Absolute Growth: 71
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Cranston, RI

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Population: 81,196
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Population 2010: 80,580
Percent Growth 0.8%
Absolute Growth: 616
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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.

Providence, RI

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Population: 179,435
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Population 2010: 178,286
Percent Growth 0.6%
Absolute Growth: 1,149
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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.

Pawtucket, RI

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Population: 71,756
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 71,662
Percent Growth 0.1%
Absolute Growth: 94
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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.

Central Falls, RI

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Population: 19,382
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 19,391
Percent Growth -0.0%
Absolute Growth: -9
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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.

East Providence, RI

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Population: 47,449
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 47,491
Percent Growth -0.1%
Absolute Growth: -42
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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.

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Ocean State for 2020

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the beginning of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Current Population
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to Current (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

We ranked all 16 Rhode Island cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.

The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Ocean State.

And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:

[Current Population - Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

Here's a graph of the cities in Rhode Island with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in Rhode Island Graph For 2020

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These Places Grew Up So Fast In Rhode Island, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Rhode Island are led by Kingston which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.

It'll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We'll be here to let you know!

These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):

  1. Greenville
  2. Warwick
  3. Newport

For more Rhode Island reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Rhode Island For 2020

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Kingston 10.8% 6,789 6,126
2 Tiverton 6.3% 7,757 7,296
3 Cumberland Hill 4.1% 8,142 7,820
4 Valley Falls 2.7% 11,828 11,518
5 Wakefield-Peacedale 0.8% 9,092 9,021
6 Cranston 0.8% 81,196 80,580
7 Providence 0.6% 179,435 178,286
8 Pawtucket 0.1% 71,756 71,662
9 Central Falls -0.0% 19,382 19,391
10 East Providence -0.1% 47,449 47,491

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