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Newport County
Old Colony House
Map of Rhode Island highlighting Newport County
Location within the U.S. state of Rhode Island
Map of the United States highlighting Rhode Island
Rhode Island's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Rhode Island
Founded June 22, 1703
Named for Newport, Essex
Largest city Newport
Area
 • Total 314 sq mi (810 km2)
 • Land 102 sq mi (260 km2)
 • Water 211 sq mi (550 km2)  67%%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 85,643
 • Density 272.7/sq mi (105.31/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 1st

Newport County is one of five counties located in the U.S. state of Rhode Island. As of the 2020 census, the population was 85,643. It is also one of the seven regions of Rhode Island. The county was created in 1703. Like all of the counties in Rhode Island, Newport County no longer has any governmental functions (other than as court administrative and sheriff corrections boundaries). All of those functions in Rhode Island are now carried out either by the state government, or by the cities and towns of Rhode Island. Newport County is included in the Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is in turn constitutes a portion of the greater Boston-Worcester-Providence, MA-RI-NH-CT Combined Statistical Area.

History

Newport County was constituted on June 22, 1703, as one of the two original counties of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. As originally established, Newport County consisted of four towns: Portsmouth, Newport, Jamestown, and New Shoreham. In 1746-47, two towns, Little Compton and Tiverton, were acquired from Massachusetts. In 1856, the town of Fall River was split off from Tiverton but was ceded to Massachusetts six years later in 1862 as part of the settlement of the boundary dispute between Rhode Island and Massachusetts. In 1963, the town of New Shoreham was transferred to Washington County. County government was abolished in Rhode Island in 1842 and today remains only for the purpose of delineating judicial administrative boundaries.

Geography

Pocasset Hill, RI, summit
Summit of Pocasset Hill, highest point in the county

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 314 square miles (810 km2), of which 102 square miles (260 km2) is land and 211 square miles (550 km2) (67%) is water.

The county consists of Aquidneck Island, Conanicut Island, Prudence Island, and the easternmost portion of the state on the mainland. The highest point in the county is Pocasset Hill, 320 feet (98 m) above sea level, located in Tiverton. The lowest elevation is at sea level.

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 14,351
1800 14,845 3.4%
1810 16,294 9.8%
1820 15,771 −3.2%
1830 16,535 4.8%
1840 16,874 2.1%
1850 20,007 18.6%
1860 21,896 9.4%
1870 20,050 −8.4%
1880 24,180 20.6%
1890 28,552 18.1%
1900 32,599 14.2%
1910 39,335 20.7%
1920 42,893 9.0%
1930 41,668 −2.9%
1940 46,696 12.1%
1950 61,539 31.8%
1960 81,891 33.1%
1970 94,559 15.5%
1980 81,383 −13.9%
1990 87,194 7.1%
2000 85,433 −2.0%
2010 82,888 −3.0%
2020 85,643 3.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2019

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 82,888 people, 34,911 households, and 21,076 families living in the county. The population density was 809.6 inhabitants per square mile (312.6/km2). There were 41,796 housing units at an average density of 408.2 per square mile (157.6/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 90.2% white, 3.5% black or African American, 1.6% Asian, 0.4% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 1.4% from other races, and 3.0% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 4.2% of the population. The largest ancestry groups were:

  • Republic of Ireland 25.5% Irish
  • England 17.4% English
  • Portugal 16.5% Portuguese
  • Italy 10.9% Italian
  • Germany 10.5% German
  • France 9.4% French
  • Poland 5.0% Polish
  • Canada 3.9% French Canadian
  • Scotland 3.3% Scottish
  • United States 3.0% American
  • Northern Ireland 2.1% Scotch-Irish
  • Sweden 1.8% Swedish
  • Puerto Rico 1.6% Puerto Rican
  • Russia 1.4% Russian
  • Netherlands 1.1% Dutch
  • Greece 1.0% Greek
  • 1.0% Sub-Saharan African

Of the 34,911 households, 26.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.8% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 39.6% were non-families, and 32.2% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.89. The median age was 43.2 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $67,239 and the median income for a family was $82,477. Males had a median income of $58,191 versus $43,623 for females. The per capita income for the county was $36,994. About 4.5% of families and 7.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.4% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Map of Newport County Rhode Island With Municipal Labels
Map of Newport County, Rhode Island showing cities, towns, and CDPs

City

Towns

Census-designated places

Villages

Villages have no separate corporate existence from the towns they are in.

  • Adamsville
  • Beavertail
  • Bridgeport
  • Briggs Point
  • Bristol Ferry
  • Castle Hill
  • Cedar Island
  • Cedar Point
  • Coasters Harbor
  • Coddington Point
  • Common Fence Point
  • Conanicut
  • Corey Lane
  • Despair Island
  • Dutch Island
  • Dyer Island
  • Eagleville
  • Easton Point
  • Fogland Point
  • Fort Adams
  • Forty Steps
  • Freebody Hill
  • Goat Island
  • Gould Island
  • Grayville
  • Green's End
  • Hog Island
  • Homestead
  • Hope Island
  • Hummocks
  • Island Park
  • Nannaquaket
  • North Tiverton
  • Ochre Point
  • Patience
  • Prudence
  • Quaker Hill
  • Rose Island
  • Sachuest
  • Sakonnet
  • Tiverton Four Corners
  • Tonomy Hill
  • Tunipus
  • Wightmans Corner

See also

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