These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In Rhode Island


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:

  1. Newport (Photos)
  2. Cranston (Photos)
  3. Warwick (Photos)
  4. East Providence (Photos)
  5. Providence (Photos)
  6. Pawtucket (Photos)
  7. Woonsocket (Photos)
  8. Central Falls (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Central Falls is the most affordable city in Rhode Island.

Read on to see why these places cost so much more than average. Or check out the most affordable places in Rhode Island.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive Cities 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 most expensive.

For reference, the United State averages a cost of living 100. A score below 100 means that the city has a below average cost of living while a score over 100 has a high cost of living for that category.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 8 places in Rhode Island that have more than 2,000 people.

The city with the highest cost of living index, Newport, rank as being the most expensive.

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1. Newport

Newport, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,599
Services Index: 123
Groceries Index: 111
Housing Index: 193
Healthcare Index: 117
Transportation Index: 111
Utilities Index: 126

2. Cranston

Cranston, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 80,680
Services Index: 123
Groceries Index: 111
Housing Index: 124
Healthcare Index: 117
Transportation Index: 111
Utilities Index: 126

3. Warwick

Warwick, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 82,065
Services Index: 123
Groceries Index: 111
Housing Index: 120
Healthcare Index: 117
Transportation Index: 111
Utilities Index: 126

4. East Providence

East Providence, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 47,166
Services Index: 123
Groceries Index: 111
Housing Index: 118
Healthcare Index: 117
Transportation Index: 111
Utilities Index: 126

5. Providence

Providence, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 178,562
Services Index: 123
Groceries Index: 111
Housing Index: 114
Healthcare Index: 117
Transportation Index: 111
Utilities Index: 126

6. Pawtucket

Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 71,313
Services Index: 123
Groceries Index: 111
Housing Index: 105
Healthcare Index: 117
Transportation Index: 111
Utilities Index: 126

7. Woonsocket

Woonsocket, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 41,136
Services Index: 123
Groceries Index: 111
Housing Index: 102
Healthcare Index: 117
Transportation Index: 111
Utilities Index: 126

8. Central Falls

Central Falls, Rhode Island

Source: Flickr

Population: 19,406
Services Index: 123
Groceries Index: 111
Housing Index: 98
Healthcare Index: 117
Transportation Index: 111
Utilities Index: 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 Newport ranking as the most exensive city in the Ocean State.

If you’re curious, here are the most 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 Healthcare Housing Transportation Utilities
Newport 1 24,599 123 111 117 193 111 126
Cranston 2 80,680 123 111 117 124 111 126
Warwick 3 82,065 123 111 117 120 111 126
East Providence 4 47,166 123 111 117 118 111 126
Providence 5 178,562 123 111 117 114 111 126
Pawtucket 6 71,313 123 111 117 105 111 126
Woonsocket 7 41,136 123 111 117 102 111 126
Central Falls 8 19,406 123 111 117 98 111 126

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