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The Cities and communities of Washington County, Rhode Island *

Allenton, Alton, Arcadia, Ashaway (a village of Hopkinton), Austin, Avondale

Belleville, Bradford (a village of Westerly), Burdickville

Canonchet, Carolina, Centerville, Charlestown

Davisville, Dunns Corners

East Matunuck, Exeter

Galilee, Green Hill

Hamilton, Haversham, Hope Valley (a village of Hopkinton), Hopkinton

Indian Lake Shores


Kenyon, Kingston (a village of South Kingstown)

La Fayette

Matunuck, Misquamicut, Moscow, Mount View

Narragansett, Narragansett Pier (a village of Narragansett), New Shoreham (Block Island), North Kingstown

Pawcatuck, Peacedale (a village of South Kingston), Pettaquamscutt Lake Shores, Plum Point, Point Judith, Potter Hill

Quidnessett, Quonochontaug

Richmond, Rockville

Saunderstown, Seocom, Shannock, Shelter Harbor, Shores Acres, South Hopkinton, South Kingstown


Wakefield (a village of South Kingston), Watch Hill, Weekapaug, Westerly, West Kingston, White Rock, Wickford Junction, Wood River Junction, Woodville, Wyoming

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

If you have information about any of these unlinked communities or have a community not listed at all, please send it to us and we will add a page for that community. Some of these places above may only be neighborhoods or local area names and are not listed with the census at all or just included in a larger surrounding designated census area..

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Information & Facts about Washington County, Rhode Island


Washington County Vital Records Office
4800 Tower Hill Road
Wakefield, RI 02879
Telephone: (401) 841-8350

Rhode Island has no actual county governments.

New Shoreham Town Clerk
Old Town Road
Block Island, RI 02807
Phone: 401-466-3200

Charlestown Town Clerk
4540 South County Trail
Charlestown, RI 02813
Phone: 401-364-1200

Exeter Town Clerks Office
675 Ten Rod Road
Exeter, RI 02822
Phone: 401-294-3891

Hopkinton Town Clerk
1 Townhouse Road
Hopkinton, RI 02833
Phone: 401-377-7777

Richmond Town Clerk
5 Richmond Townhouse Road
Wyoming, RI 02898
Phone: 401-539-2497

Westerly Town Hall
Town Hall
Westerly, RI 02891
Phone: 401-348-2500

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1990 - 110,006
2000 - 123,546
2004 - 128,637.

Housing Units:
2000 - 56,816

Population Density:
2000 - 371 persons per square mile

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Washington County encompasses all of southern Rhode Island to the west of Narragansett Bay. Block Island is off shore about ten miles
To the north is Kent County and New London County in Connecticut is to the west. To the south is the Atlantic Ocean and east to the east is Narragansett Bay and Newport County. Block Island was transferred from Newport County to Washington County May 6, 1963
Basically, Charlestown, Exeter, Hopkinton, Narragansett, North Kingstown, Richmond, South Kingstown, Westerly and West Greenwich, make up what is known as South County

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Other Facts & Figures:

Median Household Income:
2000 - $53,103

Per capital Income
2002 - $34,289

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Average winter temperature: 32.2 degrees
Average summer temperature: 73.6
Average yearly precipitation: 40.25 inches

Here is a local weather page for the Westerly area

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First known as King's County the name was changed in 1781 to Washington County. Most residents know the area as South County rather than Washington County. Block Island, off the coast was originally occupied by the Manisses Indians, it was named after Dutch navigator Adrian Block, who discovered it in 1614. Later, in 1661, it was settled by a party of English from the mainland.

Here is a history page for the state that also talks about the South County area.

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Total land area: 333 square miles
Total water area: 230 square miles
Total area: 563 square miles
The area is 40.87% water

Latitude: 41°23'N
Longitude: 41°23'N

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US GenWeb Project page for Washington County
Kindred Trails page for Washington County
The Political Graveyard for Washington County

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Kingston Free Library
2605 Kingstown Rd
Kingston, RI 02881
Phone: 401-783-8254

Cross' Mills Public Library
4417 Old Post Road
Charlestown, RI 02813

Langworthy Public Library
24 Spring Street
Hopkinton, RI 02832
Phone: 401-539-2851

Narragansett Public Library
35 Kingstown Road
Narragansett, RI 02882
Phone: 401-789-9507

South Kingstown Public Library
1057 Kingstown Road
South Kingstown, RI 02879
Phone: 401-789-1555

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Chariho Regional School District
Serving Charlestown, Richmond and Hopkinton
Switch Road 455A
Wood River Junct., RI 2894

Narragansett School District
25 Fifth Avenue
Narragansett RI 02882
Phone: 401-792-9450
Fax: 401-792-9439

New Shoreham School District
On Block Island North Kingstown School District
100 Fairway Drive
North Kingstown, RI 02852
Phone: 401-268-6200

South Kingstown School District
153 School Street
Wakefield, RI 02879
Phone: 401-792-9681

Westerly School District
Phone: 401-348-2700

University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI 02881
Phone: 401-874-1000

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Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation

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Organizations & Groups

Block Island - Nature's Treasure on the Sea

Block Island Tourism Council
PO Box 356
Block Island, RI 02807
Phone: (800) 383-BIRI

Visitor Center is located on Water Street
Stop by and visit!

Visit Block Island - one of the last Great Places

South Kingston Chamber of Commerce
382 Main St.
PO Box 289,
Wakefield, RI. 02880
Phone: 401-783-2801

Musica Dulce Chamber Orchestra
Phone: 401-596-4600

South County Tourism Council
4808 Tower Hill Rd.
Wakefield, RI 02879
Toll-free: 800-548-4662
Phone: 401-789-4422
Fax: 401-789-4437

Charlestown Chamber of Commerce
4945 Old Post Road
Charlestown, RI 02813
Phone: 401-364-3878

East Greenwich Chamber of Commerce
591 Main Street
East Greenwich, RI 02818
Phone: 401-885-0020

Narragansett Chamber of Commerce
The Towers of Narragansett
36 Ocean Road
Narragansett, RI 02882
Phone: 401-783-7121

North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce
8045 Post Road
North Kingstown, RI 02852
Phone: 401-295-5566

South Kingstown Chamber of Commerce
322 Main Street
South Kingstown, RI 02879
Phone: 401-783-2801

Pawtuxet Valley Chamber of Commerce
(Coventry and West Greenwich)
1192 Main Street
West Warwick, RI 02893
Phone: 401-823-3349

Westerly/Pawcatuck Area
1 Chamber Way
Westerly, RI 02891
Toll-free: 800-SEA-7636

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Attractions & Other Information

The county has over 100 miles of beaches!

South County - 100% Natural

Things to do in the area

Block Island Home Page

Washington County Fair
held each year in August

Museum of Primitive Art & Culture
1058 Kingstown Road
Peace Dale, RI 02883
Phone: 401-783-5711

Pettaquamscutt Historical Society & Old Washington County Jail
2636 Kingstown Road
Kingston, RI
Phone: 401-783-1328

South County Museum
Canochet farm, route 1A.
Strathmore Street
Phone: 401-783-5400

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