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Lincoln, Rhode Island
Town
Nickname(s): Ltown
Location in Providence County and the state of Rhode Island.
Location in Providence County and the state of Rhode Island.
Country United States
State Rhode Island
County Providence
Area
 • Total 18.9 sq mi (49.1 km2)
 • Land 18.2 sq mi (47.2 km2)
 • Water 0.7 sq mi (1.9 km2)
Elevation 249 ft (76 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 21,105
 • Density 1,159.6/sq mi (447.1/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 02802, 02865, 02838
Area code(s) 401
FIPS code 44-41500
GNIS feature ID 1220074

Lincoln is a town in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 21,105 at the 2010 census. Lincoln is located in northeastern Rhode Island, north of Providence.

Lincoln was settled in the 17th century and several colonial stone-enders still exist in the town. Lincoln Woods State Park is located within the town. The Hassaquansett tribe originally inhabited the area.

Limestone quarrying has occurred there since colonial times at the village of Lime Rock. Lincoln was a part of the town of Smithfield until 1871, when it was split off and named in honor of Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln became an important mill town in the late 19th century, with many textile factories running along the Blackstone River. Lincoln's villages include Manville, Albion, Lime Rock, Londsdale, Fairlawn, Quinnville, and Saylesville.

Very recently, the town was ranked #63 in Money Magazine's "Best Places to Live".

Lincoln is in the lower Blackstone Valley of Rhode Island and in the John H. Chafee, Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, New England's historic National Park area.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 18.9 square miles (49 km2), of which, 18.2 square miles (47 km2) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) of it (3.80%) is water.

Lincoln is home to Lincoln Woods State Park and Twin River Casino (formerly a racetrack known as Lincoln Downs and Lincoln Park).

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 7,889
1880 13,765 74.5%
1890 20,355 47.9%
1900 8,937 −56.1%
1910 9,825 9.9%
1920 9,543 −2.9%
1930 10,421 9.2%
1940 10,577 1.5%
1950 11,270 6.6%
1960 13,551 20.2%
1970 16,182 19.4%
1980 16,949 4.7%
1990 18,045 6.5%
2000 20,898 15.8%
2010 21,105 1.0%
Est. 2015 21,670 2.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 20,898 people, 8,243 households, and 5,778 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,146.6 people per square mile (442.6/km²). There were 8,508 housing units at an average density of 466.8 per square mile (180.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.55% White, 0.84% African American, 0.08% Native American, 1.75% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.64% from other races, and 1.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.64% of the population. There were 8,243 households out of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.8% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.9% were non-families. 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the town, the population was spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 16.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 90.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $47,815, and the median income for a family was $61,257. Males had a median income of $41,508 versus $30,089 for females. The per capita income for the town was $26,779. About 3.9% of families and 5.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.2% of those under age 18 and 7.3% of those age 65 or over.

National Historic Register sites

Stone ender
Arnold House, 1691, Lincoln, Rhode Island
  • Albion Historic District
  • Eleazer Arnold House
  • Israel Arnold House
  • Ballou House
  • Elliot-Harris-Miner House
  • Great Road Historic District
  • Hearthside
  • Jenckes House, Jenckes Hill Road
  • Jenckes House, Old Louisquisset Pike
  • Lime Kilns
  • Limerock Village Historic District
  • Old Ashton Historic District
  • Pullen Corner School
  • Sassafras Site, RI-55
  • Saylesville Historic District
  • Saylesville Meetinghouse
  • Whipple-Cullen House and Barn

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