These Are The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Rhode Island For 2018


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

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A wise sage once said:

“She works hard for the money…”

And these places in Rhode Island definitely treat her right.

You see, these are the places in Rhode Island where the cost of living is the lowest; where your salary goes the furthest. And when if you have the luxury of choosing where to live in the Ocean State, then the cost of living should play a role in the decision.

So we did the hard for you and crunched the numbers to find the cities that have lower food, energy, and housing costs. After the dust settled on our analysis of the 27 largest places in Rhode Island, we were left with this set of the best value for your money.

Here are the 10 cheapest places to live in Rhode Island for 2018:

  1. Central Falls (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Woonsocket (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Pawtucket (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Chepachet (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Providence (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Pascoag (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Cumberland Hill (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. East Providence (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Warwick (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Valley Falls (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So listen up Melville (the most expensive place in Rhode Island) as we explain how we created this ranking. You could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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

How We Determined The Cheapest Places To Live In The Ocean State For 2018

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In Rhode Island
There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things 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” that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 27 places in Rhode Island that have more than 5,000 people.

And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average. A score of 90 means it’s 10% less expensive.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

Central Falls, RI

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 19,374
Services: 123
Groceries: 111
Health Care: 117
Housing: 98
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 126
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.

Woonsocket, RI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 41,244
Services: 123
Groceries: 111
Health Care: 117
Housing: 102
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 126
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.

Pawtucket, RI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 71,246
Services: 123
Groceries: 111
Health Care: 117
Housing: 105
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 126
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.

Chepachet, RI

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 1,317
Services: 123
Groceries: 111
Health Care: 117
Housing: 111
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 126
More on Chepachet: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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Providence, RI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 178,185
Services: 123
Groceries: 111
Health Care: 117
Housing: 114
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 126
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.

Pascoag, RI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,814
Services: 123
Groceries: 111
Health Care: 117
Housing: 118
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 126
More on Pascoag: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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Cumberland Hill, RI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,356
Services: 123
Groceries: 111
Health Care: 117
Housing: 118
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 126
More on Cumberland Hill: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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East Providence, RI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 47,145
Services: 123
Groceries: 111
Health Care: 117
Housing: 118
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 126
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.

Warwick, RI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 82,698
Services: 123
Groceries: 111
Health Care: 117
Housing: 120
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 126
More on Warwick: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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Valley Falls, RI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,533
Services: 123
Groceries: 111
Health Care: 117
Housing: 121
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 126
More on Valley Falls: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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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 cheapest places to call home.

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

  1. Melville
  2. Narragansett Pier
  3. Newport

For more Rhode Island reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Rhode Island

Rank City CheapScore Population Services Groceries Health Care
1 Central Falls 11.83 19,374 123 111 117
2 Woonsocket 12.0 41,244 123 111 117
3 Pawtucket 12.17 71,246 123 111 117
4 Chepachet 12.33 1,317 123 111 117
5 Providence 12.5 178,185 123 111 117
6 Pascoag 12.83 3,814 123 111 117
7 Cumberland Hill 12.83 8,356 123 111 117
8 East Providence 12.83 47,145 123 111 117
9 Warwick 13.17 82,698 123 111 117
10 Valley Falls 13.33 11,533 123 111 117
11 Harrisville 13.5 2,525 123 111 117
12 Cranston 13.67 80,446 123 111 117
13 Ashaway 13.92 1,483 123 111 117
14 Bradford 13.92 1,574 123 111 117
15 Tiverton 14.17 7,358 123 111 117
16 Hope Valley 14.33 1,649 123 111 117
17 Westerly 14.5 17,712 123 111 117
18 Greenville 14.75 8,928 123 111 117
19 Harmony 14.75 1,218 123 111 117
20 Wakefield-Peacedale 15.0 8,511 123 111 117
21 Carolina 15.17 1,394 123 111 117
22 Newport East 15.33 11,177 123 111 117
23 Greene 15.5 1,016 123 111 117
24 Kingston 15.67 6,709 123 111 117
25 Newport 15.83 24,376 123 111 117
26 Narragansett Pier 16.0 4,025 123 111 117
27 Melville 16.17 1,813 123 111 117

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