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Statistics & Facts

The Rhode Island state capital is Providence.
The population of Exeter is approximately 6,206 (2006).
The approximate number of families is 2,196 2000).
The amount of land area in Exeter is 149.5 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Exeter is 58.4 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 1.7 sq kilometers.
The distance from Exeter to Washington DC is 247 miles.
The distance to the Rhode Island state capital is 22 miles. (as the crow flies)
Exeter is positioned 41.56 degrees north of the equator and 71.61 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Exeter elevation is 266 feet above sea level.
Exeter median income is $ 75,900 (2005).
The Exeter median home price is $ 366,700 (2005).


in central Rhode Island about 63.3 miles from Boston. Other nearby communities include West Greenwich, Richmond, Kingston, Hope Valley, Coventry, South Kingstown, East Greenwich and North Kingstown.
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History & History Related Items

Exeter was named for the Earl of Exeter. The name is derives from the England town of Exeter in Devonshire. It was here that the Mercy Brown Vampire incident occurred in 1892.

The area that is now Exeter was known in the 1600ís as the Vacant Lands for the reason that there were no settlements there. But it was the home of the Narragansett Indians. Though the land was purchased in 1657, there were still hostilities between the Indians and the colonists. Though many battles were fought, the most well known was called the Great Swamp fight as it ended the Indian stronghold. From about 1680 until 1725, many new settlers began to arrive and build their farms and homes. In just a few years, there were over 1,000 people living in Exeter. By 1820, not only had the population tripled, but there were many businesses, factories and mills of all kinds built around the streams in the villages of Exeter. As the 1900ís began, many of the little villages had declining populations and businesses and mills began to close. The area has remained largely rural to this day.
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The founding of Exeter


The incorporation of Exeter



Yawgoo Valley Ski Area and Water Park
Rhode Island's only ski slope!
Phone: 401-295-3802

Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge
a 722 acre site with trails and much natural beauty.
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Exeter City Government

The Town of Exeter

Exeter Town Hall
675 Ten Rod Road
Exeter, RI 02822
The town is governed by a five member Town Council.

the villages of Exeter include Arcadia, Austin, Black Plain, Fisherville, Lewis City, Liberty and Millville.

Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery
301 South County Trail
Exeter, RI 02822
Phone: 401-268-3088

Exeter Libraries

Exeter Public Library
773 Ten Rod Road
Exeter, RI
Phone: 401-294-4109

Exeter Schools

Exeter-West Greenwich Regional Schools
940 Nooseneck Hill Road
West Greenwich, RI 02817
Phone: 401-397-5125 Exeter


The population of Exeter was:
1990 - 5,461
2000 - 6,045
2006 - 6,206
Median age:
2000 - 38.1 years

Median Household income:
2000 - $ 64,452
2005 - $ 75,900

Median house value:
2000 - $ 166,200
2005 - $ 366,700

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

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