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East Greenwich

East Greenwich, Rhode Island

  •   State: 
    Rhode Island
    Kent County
    East Greenwich
      County FIPS: 
    41°39′N 71°29′W
      Area total: 
    16.71 sq mi (43.3 km²)
      Area land: 
    16.58 sq mi (42.9 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.14 sq mi (0.4 km²)
    207 ft (63 m)
    1677; Incorporated 1677
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Providence-Warwick, RI-MA
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    East Greenwich, Kent County, Rhode Island, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    863.2 residents per square mile of area (333.3/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
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East Greenwich is the wealthiest municipality within the state of Rhode Island. It is part of the Providence metropolitan statistical area and the Greater Boston combined statistical area. Formed as Greenwich in 1677, it was named for Greenwich, England. It was renamed Dedford in 1686 but reverted to its original name in 1689. In 1741 the more rural western three-quarters of the town was set off as West Greenwich, the remaining quarter being called East Greenwich. Most of East Greenwich's neighborhood of Scalloptown was destroyed by 1926, after a mass eviction order by the town council left most of its buildings vacant. The town is now known for its waterfront, renowned school district, and downtown restaurant/shopping district. East Greenwich is home to six public schools in its school district. The population was 14,312 at the 2020 census, and is expected to rise to 14,500 by the end of the decade. It has a population of 1,856,000, making it the 8th oldest town in Rhode Island, and one of the five state capitals for Rhode Island until 1854. The General Assembly, when meeting in East Greenwich, used the local courthouse, which is today the town hall. It sits between East Greenwich and Warwick, with some of its neighboring towns to the north and west. 20 percent of the land inEast Greenwich consists of undeveloped and farmland, although development continues to bring this proportion down. Some of the roads form approximate borders with some neighboring towns, such as Frenchtown Road.


East Greenwich is the primary city name, but also E Greenwich are acceptable city names or spellings. The official name is East Greenwich, Rhode Island. East Greenwich is the 8th oldest town in Rhode Island. It was founded in October 1677 by the General Assembly in an attempt to solidify land claims against those of Connecticut and the Narragansett Proprietors. In 1772, a resolution was passed by the Rhode Island State Assembly to form the United States' first Navy in East Greenwich. In its colonial days, the town was also home to followers of a former Quaker who, after a severe illness, claimed to have died and been resurrected as the "Public Universal Friend" Most of East Greenwich's neighborhood of Scalloptown was destroyed by 1926 after a mass eviction order by the town council left most of its buildings vacant. The town erected a courthouse when East Greenwich was designated the shire town of the newly formed Kent County, which had been separated from Providence County in 1750. In the 18th century, the government released previously reserved waterfront property in small lots. Beginning in 1711, the local government granted these lots to any person who would pay one shilling and promise to build a commercial building of a minimum size. By 1725, a community had developed, complete with a schoolhouse and a graveyard. But, historian Catherine Streich argues, the racial prejudices of white East Greenwich residents and their dwindling desire for social reform lead to their destruction of Scaloptown. In 1687, the Narragsett Pro Prietors attempted to settle land north of Wickford which overlapped with the land of EastGreenwich. However, Massachusetts governor Sir Edmund Andros, who had authority to settle the dispute, ruled in favor of the existing East Greenwich settlement.


East Greenwich is a coastal town, located on the western side of Narragansett Bay. Of its total area of 16.71 square miles, 16.58 square miles is land and 0.14square miles is water. 20 percent of the land in East Greenwich consists of undeveloped woods and farmland, although development continues to bring this proportion down.Various roads form approximate borders with some of its neighboring towns. Division Street sits between East Greenwich and Warwick, to the north and west until Route 2. South and east is North Kingstown which is roughly separated from East Greenwich by Frenchtown Road. The town of Warwick is located to the south and west of East Greenwich, and to the east and north of North Kingtown. The city of Warwick has a population of 2,827. The state of Rhode Island has a total population of 3,828. The county seat of Warwick, Rhode Island, has a residents population of 1,829. The largest city in the state is Warwick, which has a resident population of 4,823. The most populous town is Newport, Rhode Islands, with a population 1,938. The biggest city in Rhode Island is Woonsocket, which is home to the state's largest employer, the Rhode Island Department of Health and Human Services (RHDH). The town's population is 2,788. It is the most populous city in New England, followed by Warwick, and the city of Northampton.


East Greenwich is home to six public schools in its school district. The district's single high school is East Greenwich High School. The town also contains the Our Lady Of Mercy Regional School, a private Catholic school serving students from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade. East Greenwich was also home to the East Greenwich Academy, an eminent preparatory school; however, the school closed in 1943. The main campus of the New England Institute of Technology, known informally as New England Tech, opened to students in summer 2011. A major expansion begun in 2014 added dormitories and new instructional space. The campus includes a 265,000 square foot facility dedicated to classrooms, technical labs, medical suites for training simulations, and administrative services. In 2015, Newsweek magazine ranked East Greenwich high school first in Rhode Island and 186th in the US. It was also ranked the top high school in the country by's "State of the Nation" rankings. The school district is one of the smallest in the state, with a population of just over 3,000. It is located in the central part of Rhode Island, just south of the town of Warwick. The city's population is about 2,000 people, with the majority of its residents living east of South County Trail. It has a median household income of about $30,000, and a population growth rate of about 1.7%. The town has a high school graduation rate of 8.8%. It has an average population of about 3,500.


The current East Greenwich Free Library, at 82 Pierce Street, was endowed by Daniel Albert Peirce in 1913. Pierce was a local resident and co-founder of the Narragansett Electric Company. The library building is built of granite from Coventry, Rhode Island, and was dedicated on June 29, 1915. It includes special collections on Rhode Island history and genealogy. It is located on the corner of Pierce Street and East Greenwich Avenue in East Greenwich, New York. It was built in 1915 and is on the same block as the East Greenwich Public Library, which was dedicated in 1894. It has a collection of more than 2,000 books. It also has a special collection of Rhode Island's history and Genealogy, which dates back to the 17th century. It's located on Pierce Street near the intersection of East and West Main Streets. It opened in 1913 and was named for Daniel Pierce, who was the co-creator of the Electric Company in Rhode Island. The current library is located in the same place as the original library, which is on West Main Street, and opened in 1804. It contains a special collections of books about Rhode Island and the history of genealogy, as well as other collections on the Rhode Island area. It can be reached by calling the library at (401) 615-4157. It will be open from 9am to 5pm on weekdays and from 11am to 11pm on Saturday and Sunday. For confidential support, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.


Scalloptown Park has been completed at the southern end of Greenwich Cove, built atop the old town landfill. It is not part of historical Scallopttown, which was another name for the waterfront in earlier times. The true ScallOptown goes from the town dock down past the clubs to Finn's Marina. Goddard Memorial State Park has many beaches including Sandy Point and has easy access from East Greenwich Cove. There is also a public dock good for fishing and eating, and a dock with a small beach. The town of East Greenwich is home to many restaurants, bars, and clubs. The city is also home to a number of museums, galleries, and other public spaces, such as the Museum of American Art and the New Museum of the American Museum of Nature and Science, which is located in the East Greenwich section of the town. The East Greenwich River runs through the center of the city, leading to the town's waterfront. The waterway is also used by the New York City Marathon and New York's New York World Aquarium, which are both located in East Greenwich. The New York Harbor is a popular tourist attraction, especially in the summer months when the water is warm and clear. In the winter months, the waterway can be icy and dangerous. It has been known to freeze over at times, especially at the end of the year when it is cold and wet. It also has a reputation for being a great place to fish and eat, and is a good place to go on a boat trip.


As of the U.S. Census of 2000, there were 12,948 people, 4,960 households, and 3,541 families residing in the town. The racial makeup of the town was 96.64% White, 0.69% African American,0.06% Native American, 2.50% Asian, 0.,01% Pacific Islander, 0,29% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. The town is served by several media outlets: East Greenwich News (daily) East Greenwich Patch (daily), The East Greenwich Pendulum (weekly), The North East Independent (weekly) and East Greenwich magazine (monthly). The median family income in 2012-2016 was $142,648, the highest in Rhode Island, according to the Rhode Island Department of Labor. The per capita income for the town is $58,593. About 2.5% of families and 4.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.1% of those under age 18 and 7.0% ofThose age 66 or over. The average household size was 2.58, and the average family size was 3.12. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there are 93.8 males. The median income for a household in theTown was $98,063, and $130,221 for a family. The population was spread out, with 27.5%. under the age of 18, 4.6% from 18 to 24, 26.6. from 25 to 44, 27.7%. from 45 to 64, and 13.6%. under 65 years of age or older.


In presidential elections, East Greenwich is one of the very few towns in deep blue Rhode Island that has a tendency to lean Republican. Barack Obama managed to carry the town by just over 4.5 points in the Democratic wave year of 2008 and in 2020, Joe Biden won East Greenwich by over 23 points. Biden also became the first major party candidate to win over 60% of the vote in the town since also then vice president George H. W. Bush. At the federal level, all of the town is included in Rhode Island's 2nd congressional district and is represented by Democrat James R. Langevin. In the Rhode Island House of Representatives, the 30th district is in the East Greenwich area and is currently represented by Democrats Justine Caldwell and Bridget Valverde. The town is split in terms of representation, with most of it in the 35th District and a tiny sliver in the 33rd District, which is currently in the northwestern part of the state. The city is home to the National Guard and the U.S. Coast Guard, which has a base in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. It is also home to a number of military installations, including the National Park Service, the National Museum of American History, and the Museum of Narragansett History and Culture, which dates back to 17th century. East Greenwich was the site of the Battle of the Bulge, which took place in 17th Century Rhode Island and was the first battle of the Civil War. It was also the first time the town was officially incorporated into the United States.

National Historic Places

The Kentish Guards' Armory is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Kent County Courthouse is also on the register. The Tillinghast Mill Site is on National Register. The East Greenwich Historic District is also part of the registry. The Mill Site was built in the 19th century and is located in the East Greenwich neighborhood of Greenwich, New York. It is one of the oldest mills in the United States. It was built by the Kentish Guard in the late 1800s. The mill was later converted to a home for the elderly and has since been converted into a museum. It has been in the same location since the early 20th century.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in East Greenwich, Kent County, Rhode Island = 56. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 53. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 20. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in East Greenwich = 3.6 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 4,786 individuals with a median age of 43 age the population grows by 2.87% in East Greenwich, Kent County, Rhode Island population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 863.2 residents per square mile of area (333.3/km²). There are average 2.55 people per household in the 5,173 households with an average household income of $87,777 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 12.60% of the available work force and has dropped -3.96% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 19.48%. The number of physicians in East Greenwich per 100,000 population = 261.1.


The annual rainfall in East Greenwich = 44.9 inches and the annual snowfall = 35.4 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 124. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 201. 82 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 20.5 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 52, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in East Greenwich, Kent County, Rhode Island which are owned by the occupant = 71.54%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 38 years with median home cost = $337,790 and home appreciation of -8.72%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $21.56 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $7,205 per student. There are 15 students for each teacher in the school, 401 students for each Librarian and 401 students for each Counselor. 6.77% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 31.62% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 24.84% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • East Greenwich's population in Kent County, Rhode Island of 16,354 residents in 1930 has dropped 0,29-fold to 4,786 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 51.53% female residents and 48.47% male residents live in East Greenwich, Kent County, Rhode Island.

    As of 2020 in East Greenwich, Kent County, Rhode Island are married and the remaining 34.57% are single population.

  • 25.4 minutes is the average time that residents in East Greenwich require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    86.50% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 5.21% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 1.57% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 4.51% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in East Greenwich, Kent County, Rhode Island, 71.54% are owner-occupied homes, another 23.03% are rented apartments, and the remaining 5.42% are vacant.

  • The 62.43% of the population in East Greenwich, Kent County, Rhode Island who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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