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East Greenwich
Kent County, Rhode Island


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Statistics & Facts

The Rhode Island state capital is Providence.
The population of East Greenwich is approximately 13,462 (2006).
The approximate number of families is 5,226 (2000).
The amount of land area in East Greenwich is 42.9 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in East Greenwich is 16.6 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0.1 sq kilometers.
The distance from East Greenwich to Washington DC is 354 miles.
The distance to the Rhode Island state capital is 14.2 miles. (as the crow flies)
East Greenwich is positioned 41.65 degrees north of the equator and 71.48 degrees west of the prime meridian.
East Greenwich elevation is 100 feet above sea level.
East Greenwich median income is $ 84,100 (2005).
The East Greenwich median home price is $ 505,600 (2005).


on the western shore of Narragansett Bay, East Greenwich is bounded on the southwest by Exeter, the west by West Greenwich, the south by North Kingstown, the southeast by Potowomut and on the north by Warwick, West Warwick, and Coventry. Cranston is also nearby.

Here is a map page for the area.
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seasonal with all four seasons represented. Winter temperatures tend to average around 30 degrees with summer temperatures averaging about 73 degrees. Precipitation tends to fall throughout the year, but a little less falls in the summer months. Snow falls generally from November through March.
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History & History Related Items

East Greenwich was incorporated in 1677 as Green Town and was named for Greenwich, England. In fact, the town coat of arms has an hourglass on it in recognition of the observatory at Greenwich, England. There are also two anchors, standing for its harbor and for its position in the state of Rhode Island. It is the eighth oldest town in Rhode Island and has a rich history. King Charles II of England received the land from the Pequot Indians in 1644. As the town grew, so did the need for goods and services bringing many new businesses to the area. During this time, many new businesses were built with some historic buildings left even until today. Until 1854, the town was one of five state capitals for Rhode Island. The current town hall, which was the local courthouse at that time, was used by the General Assembly as a meeting place.

During the time the General Assembly met in East Greenwich, a resolution was passed to create the first formal, government authorized navy in the western hemisphere. The resolution, passed on 12 June 1775, specified the exact numbers of vessels, guns and men to be utilized. Though many other towns claim to be the birthplace of the US Navy, East Greenwich has the earliest date of them all.

There is lots of history on this page. This page has a brief city history.
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The incorporation of East Greenwich



Varnum House Museum
57 Peirce Street
An eight room mansion that was built in 1773 by James Mitchell Varnum who helped form the Kentish Guards. The house has been restored as a historical museum and is used for diverse functions in the area. Please call ahead for hours of operation.

The Varnum Continentals
The Continentals maintain both the Varnum Memorial Armory and the Varnum House Museum.
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East Greenwich City Government

Town of East Greenwich

Town Hall
125 Main Street
East Greenwich, RI 02818
Phone 401.886.8665

The town has a council-manager form of government. The council has five members who are elected to two-year terms for at –large positions. The Manager is hired by the council.

East Greenwich Chamber

East Greenwich Chamber of Commerce
591 Main Street
East Greenwich, RI 02818
Telephone: (401) 885-0020
Fax: (401) 885-0048

East Greenwich Community News

NorthEast Independent Newspaper

The Pendulum Newspaper.

East Greenwich Organizations

East Greenwich Chamber of Commerce
591 Main Street
East Greenwich, RI 02818
Telephone: (401) 885-0020
Fax: (401) 885-0048

East Greenwich Libraries

East Greenwich Free Library
82 Peirce Street
East Greenwich, Rhode Island 02818
PHONE (401) 884-9510

East Greenwich Schools

East Greenwich School Department
111 Peirce Street
East Greenwich, RI 02818 East Greenwich


The population of East Greenwich was:
2000 - 12,948
2006 - 13,462
Median age:
2000 - 40.5 years

Median household income:
2000 - $ 70,062
2005 - $ 84,100

Median house Value:
2000 - $ 244,062
2005 - $ 505,600

East Greenwich is located in the Eastern Time Zone and does participate in Daylight Savings Time during a portion of the year.

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