10 Cheapest Places To Live In Rhode Island For 2019


We used data and science to determine which places in Rhode Island go easy on your wallet.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the cheapest places to live in Rhode Island.

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Rhode Island is neither a road nor an island; and what the state lacks in size, it makes up for in affordable places to live.

The trick, however, is to know how to navigate this New England state’s above average cost of living. This is why HomeSnacks set out to determine the top ten most affordable places in Rhode Island for 2019. How did we determine the most affordable places in Rhode Island? We took a look at the US Census and cost of living data for the state. We were especially interested in home and rental prices in places with more than 1,000 residents.

We discovered that whether it’s hip millennial cities like Cranston, family oriented cities like Westerly, or great places to retire to like Woonsocket, Rhode Island has plenty of affordable places to live for every stage of life and every budget. And that’s a good thing, because the less you spend on your bills, the more you’ll have to spend on the fun things to do and see in the Ocean State. Like, a beach vacation in Newport or scoring tickets to the Rhythm and Blues Festival in Charleston.

So want to know where to find the most affordable place in Rhode Island? Grab a plate of Middletown stuffies, find a sunny spot on Easton’s Beach, and read on.

If you ask any Rhode Islander, they will say, hands down, that their city is the best. But if you’re the good people in our most affordable place in Rhode Island for 2019, you know you live in Rhode Island’s best of the best.

So, what’s the cheapest place to live in Little Rhody where you can live like a Boston Bruin on a Providence Bruin’s budget? That would be Warwick.

So, if you care about home values and affordability, take a look at the list below; and if you don’t see your favorite there, head to the bottom.

And if you already knew these places were cheap, check out some more reading about Rhode Island and the cheapest places in the country:

The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Rhode Island For 2019

Warwick, RI

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Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 81,218
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.8x (4th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 64.7x (7th cheapest)
More On Warwick: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

The median income in Warwick comes in at $71,191 and the median home value is $199,000 for 2019.

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.

Pascoag, RI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,041
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 6)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.9x (6th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 77.1x (3rd cheapest)
More On Pascoag: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

The median income in Pascoag comes in at $73,289 and the median home value is $215,100 for 2019.

Valley Falls, RI

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,056
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.3x (9th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 76.7x (4th cheapest)
More On Valley Falls: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

The median income in Valley Falls comes in at $67,364 and the median home value is $219,100 for 2019.

Cumberland Hill, RI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,062
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.0x (7th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 87.5x (1st cheapest)
More On Cumberland Hill: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

The median income in Cumberland Hill comes in at $83,168 and the median home value is $248,200 for 2019.

Hope Valley, RI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,777
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 7)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.6x (3rd most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 61.4x (10th cheapest)
More On Hope Valley: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

The median income in Hope Valley comes in at $88,750 and the median home value is $232,800 for 2019.

Bradford, RI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,477
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.2x (8th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 62.0x (9th cheapest)
More On Bradford: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Bradford comes in at $71,146 and the median home value is $226,600 for 2019.

Cranston, RI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 80,979
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 4)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.4x (11th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 64.4x (8th cheapest)
More On Cranston: Homes For Sale | 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.

The median income in Cranston comes in at $64,282 and the median home value is $219,900 for 2019.

Greenville, RI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,388
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.4x (10th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 86.5x (2nd cheapest)
More On Greenville: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

The median income in Greenville comes in at $77,219 and the median home value is $261,000 for 2019.

East Providence, RI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 47,425
Rank Last Year: 12 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.8x (14th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 59.0x (11th cheapest)
More On East Providence: Homes For Sale | 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.

The median income in East Providence comes in at $54,707 and the median home value is $208,000 for 2019.

Tiverton, RI

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,727
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 6)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.4x (12th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 76.6x (5th cheapest)
More On Tiverton: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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

The median income in Tiverton comes in at $71,615 and the median home value is $245,800 for 2019.

How We Determined The Most Affordable Places To Live In The Ocean State For 2019

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In Rhode Island
The two most important things to think about when it comes to being able to afford if you can live comes down to:

  1. How much do money do I make?
  2. How much do I have spend to live there?

You need to understand your costs in the context of how much money you make.

For example, if the median household earns $100,000 and spends $40,000 on housing it’s actually cheaper to live there than a place with a median income of $50,000 and housing costs of $21,000. You might spend more on housing, but you have more money overall to play with.

With that example in mind, we derived several statistics from the latest Census American Community Survey 2013-2017 around incomes and costs. They are:

  • Median Home Price / Median Income (lower is better)
  • Median Income / Median Rent (Higher is better)
  • Median Home Price

We added simply median home price because high home prices generally correlate with higher expenses for all costs related to homes (heating, electricity, etc).

You can then compare these metrics in each of the places in Rhode Island to figure out which is the least expensive.

What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” by taking the average rank of each of these metrics for each city.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 20 places in Rhode Island that have more than 1,000 people.

The place with the lowest cost of living in Rhode Island according to the data is Warwick.

There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. Rhode Island Cheapskate

If you’re looking at the cost of living numbers in Rhode Island, this is an accurate list of the most affordable places to live in rhode island for 2019.

Here’s a look at the most expensive cities in Rhode Island according to the data:

  1. Narragansett Pier
  2. Newport
  3. Newport East

For more Rhode Island reading, check out:

Where Are The Most Affordable Places To Live In Rhode Island?

Rank City CheapScore Population Home/Income Ratio Income/Rent Ratio
1 Warwick 5.67 81,218 2.8x 64.7x
2 Pascoag 5.67 5,041 2.9x 77.1x
3 Valley Falls 7.33 12,056 3.3x 76.7x
4 Cumberland Hill 8.33 8,062 3.0x 87.5x
5 Hope Valley 9.33 1,777 2.6x 61.4x
6 Bradford 9.33 1,477 3.2x 62.0x
7 Cranston 9.67 80,979 3.4x 64.4x
8 Greenville 10.0 8,388 3.4x 86.5x
9 East Providence 10.67 47,425 3.8x 59.0x
10 Tiverton 11.0 7,727 3.4x 76.6x

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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