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The Cities and communities of Newport County, Rhode Island *


Little Compton


Newport, Newport East


Melville (Village of Portsmouth)


*This list of cities may not be complete. The list may contain towns, cities, villages, boroughs, townships, ghost towns and other populated places.

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Information & Facts about Newport County, Rhode Island


The county has no form of county government.

Newport County Clerk
Washington Square
Newport, RI 02840
Telephone: (401) 841-8350

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1980 - 81,383
1990 - 87,194
2000 - 85,433
2004 - 85,003

2000 - 35,228

population density
2000 - 380 persons per square mile

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In the New England area of the northeastern United States. To the east is Bristol County, Massachusetts

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Other Facts & Figures:

Median Income:
2000 -
Per capita:
2000 - $26,779
2003 - $37,851

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Newport County enjoys a seasonal climate with cold, snowy winters and humid, warm summers. Falls is delightful with the changing colors and Spring is just to be enjoyed after the cold winter.

Try this weather page for the area.

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It was originally created as Rhode Island County in 1703 and renamed as Newport County in 1729. The city of Newport was founded in 1649.

Newport Bristol Heritage Passage - a concentration of US Historical sites may be visited in this area. Many are described at this site.

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The county is a bit of the mainland and three islands, Rhode Island and two smaller ones.

Total land area: 104 square miles
Total water area: 210 square miles
Total area: 314 square miles

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Newport County US GenWeb Project page

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Newport Public Library
300 Spring Street
Newport, RI 02840
Phone: 401-847-8720

The Redwood Library & Athenaeum
50 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, RI 02640
Phone: 401-847-0292
Founded in 1747, the Redwood is the oldest continuously circulating library in America

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Newport Public Schools
437 Broadway
Newport, Rhode Island 02840
Telephone: 401-847-2100
Fax: 401-849-0170

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The county had a poverty rate in 2003 of 7.3%

Accommodation and food services were the largest sectors of the local economy. Per capita income grew by 24% between 1993 and 2003.

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Organizations & Groups

Newport County Chamber of Commerce
Middletown, Rhode Island 02842
Phone: 401-847-1600

Newport County Convention & Visitor's Bureau
23 America's Cup Avenue
Newport, RI 02840
Toll-free: 800-976-5122

The Pineapple Post
Welcoming visitors to the area for over 34 years.

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Attractions & Other Information

Learn all about the Newport area at this informative site

The Cliff Walk
The famous walk along the eastern shore of Newport. It was designated as a National Recreation Trail in 1975. It is about 3.5 miles long and is an easy walk for most of the way. Portions of the walk are temporarily closed until August 2006

Fort Adams
Phone: 401-841-0707
In use from 1824 to 1950, Fort Adams is now used for events, festivals and just enjoying the restored fort including the tunnel system, the bastions and barracks among many other features.

Newport Online
information all about Newport and the area.

Newport Festivals

The Museum of Yachting
At Fort Adams State Park
Phone: 401-847-1018
Dedicated to preserving the culture of yachting by fostering education and enjoyment of its history through the presentation of vessels, artifacts, literature, events and regattas.

Belcourt Castle

Newport Art Museum
76 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, RI 02840
Phone: 401-848-8200

Tiverton 4 Corners
A rural village setting will enthrall you for days at a time in this center for antiques, fine art, decorative crafts and shops

Newport Finder
Discover all that Newport, RI has to offer

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