These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In Rhode Island For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Rhode Island that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Rhode Island does this very well. Families love the Ocean State’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.

These are the places in Rhode Island that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state.

After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Rhode Island for 2018:

  1. Melville
  2. Narragansett Pier
  3. Newport (Photos)
  4. Kingston (Photos)
  5. Greene
  6. Newport East (Photos)
  7. Carolina
  8. Wakefield-Peacedale
  9. Greenville
  10. Harmony

So hopefully Central Falls (the cheapest place to live in Rhode Island) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

And if you already knew these places were expensive, check out the best places to live in Rhode Island or the cheapest.

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

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 most 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.

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

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1. Melville


Population: 1,813
Services: 123
Groceries: 111
Health Care: 117
Housing: 215
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 126

2. Narragansett Pier

Narragansett Pier, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,025
Services: 123
Groceries: 111
Health Care: 117
Housing: 210
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 126

3. Newport

Newport, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,376
Services: 123
Groceries: 111
Health Care: 117
Housing: 193
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 126
Newport is a seaside city on Aquidneck Island in Newport County, Rhode Island, United States. The City of Newport is located approximately 37 miles (60 km) southeast of Providence, 21 miles (34 km) south of Fall River, and 74 miles (119 km) 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.

4. Kingston

Kingston, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,709
Services: 123
Groceries: 111
Health Care: 117
Housing: 172
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 126
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.

5. Greene


Population: 1,016
Services: 123
Groceries: 111
Health Care: 117
Housing: 167
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 126

6. Newport East

Newport East, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,177
Services: 123
Groceries: 111
Health Care: 117
Housing: 164
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 126

7. Carolina


Population: 1,394
Services: 123
Groceries: 111
Health Care: 117
Housing: 162
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 126

8. Wakefield-Peacedale


Population: 8,511
Services: 123
Groceries: 111
Health Care: 117
Housing: 153
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 126

9. Greenville

Greenville, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,928
Services: 123
Groceries: 111
Health Care: 117
Housing: 146
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 126

10. Harmony


Population: 1,218
Services: 123
Groceries: 111
Health Care: 117
Housing: 146
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 126

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

Well there you have it, the places in Rhode Island that have the highest cost of living, with Melville ranking as the most expensive city in the Ocean State.

If you’re curious, here are the least expensive cities in Rhode Island:

  1. Central Falls
  2. Woonsocket
  3. Pawtucket

For more Rhode Island reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Rhode Island

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

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