These Are The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live 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 (Homes For Sale)
  2. Narragansett Pier (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Newport (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Kingston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Greene (Homes For Sale)
  6. Newport East (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Carolina (Homes For Sale)
  8. Wakefield-Peacedale (Homes For Sale)
  9. Greenville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Harmony (Homes For Sale)

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

Melville, Rhode Island

Population: 1,813
Services: 123
Groceries: 111
Health Care: 117
Housing: 215
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 126
More on Melville: Homes For Sale

2. Narragansett Pier

Narragansett Pier, Rhode Island

Population: 4,025
Services: 123
Groceries: 111
Health Care: 117
Housing: 210
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 126
More on Narragansett Pier: Homes For Sale | Data

3. Newport

Newport, Rhode Island

Population: 24,376
Services: 123
Groceries: 111
Health Care: 117
Housing: 193
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 126
More on Newport: Homes For Sale | Data
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

Population: 6,709
Services: 123
Groceries: 111
Health Care: 117
Housing: 172
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 126
More on Kingston: Homes For Sale | Data
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

Greene, Rhode Island

Population: 1,016
Services: 123
Groceries: 111
Health Care: 117
Housing: 167
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 126
More on Greene: Homes For Sale

6. Newport East

Newport East, Rhode Island

Population: 11,177
Services: 123
Groceries: 111
Health Care: 117
Housing: 164
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 126
More on Newport East: Homes For Sale | Data

7. Carolina

Carolina, Rhode Island

Population: 1,394
Services: 123
Groceries: 111
Health Care: 117
Housing: 162
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 126
More on Carolina: Homes For Sale

8. Wakefield-Peacedale

Wakefield-Peacedale, Rhode Island

Population: 8,511
Services: 123
Groceries: 111
Health Care: 117
Housing: 153
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 126
More on Wakefield-Peacedale: Homes For Sale | Data

9. Greenville

Greenville, Rhode Island

Population: 8,928
Services: 123
Groceries: 111
Health Care: 117
Housing: 146
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 126
More on Greenville: Homes For Sale | Data

10. Harmony

Harmony, Rhode Island

Population: 1,218
Services: 123
Groceries: 111
Health Care: 117
Housing: 146
Transportation: 111
Utilities: 126
More on Harmony: Homes For Sale

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

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Rhode Island

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

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