Kent County, Rhode Island

Kent County is a county located in the U.S. state of Rhode Island. As of the 2010 census, the population was 166,158[1] making it the second-most populous county in Rhode Island. The county was formed in 1750 from the southern third of Providence County.[2] It was named after the county of Kent, England.[3] Kent County, like other counties in Rhode Island, no longer has governmental functions (other than as court administrative and sheriff corrections boundaries). Kent County is included in the Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which in turn constitutes a portion of the greater Boston-Worcester-Providence, MA-RI-NH-CT Combined Statistical Area.

Kent County, Rhode Island
County
Kent County Courthouse, East Greenwich
Kent County Courthouse
Map of Rhode Island highlighting Kent 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.
FoundedJune 11, 1750
SeatEast Greenwich
Largest cityWarwick
Area
 • Total188 sq mi (487 km2)
 • Land169 sq mi (438 km2)
 • Water20 sq mi (52 km2), 10%
Population (est.)
 • (2018)163,861
 • Density986/sq mi (381/km2)
Congressional district2nd
Time zoneEastern: UTC−5/−4

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 188 square miles (490 km2), of which 169 square miles (440 km2) is land and 20 square miles (52 km2) (10%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties

Major highways

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
17908,851
18008,487−4.1%
18109,83415.9%
182010,2284.0%
183012,78925.0%
184013,0832.3%
185015,06815.2%
186017,30314.8%
187018,5957.5%
188020,58810.7%
189026,75429.9%
190029,97612.0%
191036,37821.4%
192038,2695.2%
193051,39034.3%
194058,31113.5%
195077,76333.4%
1960112,61944.8%
1970142,38226.4%
1980154,1638.3%
1990161,1354.5%
2000167,0903.7%
2010166,158−0.6%
Est. 2018163,861[5]−1.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2018[1]

2000 census

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 167,090 people, 67,320 households, and 44,969 families residing in the county. The population density was 982 people per square mile (379/km²). There were 70,365 housing units at an average density of 414 per square mile (160/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.54% White, 0.93% Black or African American, 0.23% Native American, 1.34% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.65% from other races, and 1.28% from two or more races. 1.69% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 20.1% were of Italian, 18.9% Irish, 11.1% English, 10.1% French, 6.1% French Canadian and 6.1% Portuguese ancestry, 92.0% spoke English, 1.9% Spanish, 1.5% French, 1.4% Portuguese and 1.1% Italian as their first language.

There were 67,320 households out of which 29.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.70% were married couples living together, 10.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.20% were non-families. 27.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.20% under the age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 30.50% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 15.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $47,617, and the median income for a family was $57,491. Males had a median income of $40,052 versus $29,130 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,833. About 4.80% of families and 6.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.90% of those under age 18 and 8.10% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 166,158 people, 68,645 households, and 43,747 families residing in the county.[11] The population density was 985.9 inhabitants per square mile (380.7/km2). There were 73,701 housing units at an average density of 437.3 per square mile (168.8/km2).[12] The racial makeup of the county was 93.4% white, 2.0% Asian, 1.4% black or African American, 0.3% American Indian, 1.0% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 3.2% of the population.[11] The largest ancestry groups were:

Republic of Ireland 26.7% Irish

Italy 23.2% Italian

England 17.3% English

France 16.3% French

Portugal 8.9% Portuguese

Germany 7.6% German

Poland 4.8% Polish

Canada 4.4% French Canadian

United States 3.3% American

Sweden 2.9% Swedish

Scotland 2.4% Scottish

Northern Ireland 1.7% Scotch-Irish

Russia 1.4% Russian [13]

Of the 68,645 households, 28.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.1% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 36.3% were non-families, and 29.2% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.98. The median age was 42.7 years.[11]

The median income for a household in the county was $61,088 and the median income for a family was $77,100. Males had a median income of $53,458 versus $41,380 for females. The per capita income for the county was $31,221. About 4.9% of families and 7.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.5% of those under age 18 and 8.6% of those age 65 or over.[14]

Communities

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

City

Towns

Census-designated place

Other villages

Politics

Kent County, like most of Rhode Island, has been strongly Democratic for the last half century. In 2016, Donald Trump became the first Republican to win the county since Ronald Reagan in 1984.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 13, 2011. Retrieved November 22, 2013.
  2. ^ "Rhode Island: Individual County Chronologies". Rhode Island Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2009. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 173.
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved May 6, 2019.
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  8. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  11. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-12.
  12. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-12.
  13. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-12.
  14. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-12.
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Conimicut Light

Conimicut Light, built in 1883, is a historic sparkplug lighthouse in Warwick, Rhode Island. The lighthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. The lighthouse is said to be in "relatively good condition."The lighthouse was built in 1883 using pneumatic caisson engineering. The light replaced an earlier 1868 light. Conimicut Lighthouse was automated in the 1960s and was one of the last acetylene gas powered lights to switch to electricity. The City of Warwick acquired the light in 2004. Initially the city planned to restore the lighthouse, but a federal grant for this purpose failed to come through. Subsequently, the city is considering various plans, including leasing it to a tourism company to be converted into a bed-and-breakfast inn.

Flat River (South Branch Pawtuxet River)

The Flat River is a river in the U.S. state of Rhode Island. It flows approximately 8.2 miles (13.2 km). There are no dams along the river's length.

Hopkins Hollow Village

Hopkins Hollow Village is an historic district along Hopkins Hollow Road, Narrow Lane, and Perry Hill Road in Coventry, Rhode Island, United States, and West Greenwich, Rhode Island.

The village features American colonial and Federal era architecture. The Hopkins Hollow Church, built circa 1850 in a Greek Revival style, is located within the village adjacent to the Hopkins Hollow cemetery. The village was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.

Lake Mishnock

Lake Mishnock is a residential recreational lake in West Greenwich, Kent County, Rhode Island. It lies immediately north of I-95.

Maskerchugg River

The Maskerchugg River is a river in the U.S. state of Rhode Island. It flows approximately 6 km (4 mi). There are four dams along the river's length.

Moosup River

The Moosup River is a river in the U.S. states of Rhode Island and Connecticut. It flows approximately 23.7 miles (38.1 km).

National Register of Historic Places listings in Coventry, Rhode Island

List of Registered Historic Places in Coventry, Rhode Island, which has been transferred from and is an integral part of National Register of Historic Places listings in Kent County, Rhode Island

This National Park Service list is complete through NPS recent listings posted June 7, 2019.

National Register of Historic Places listings in East Greenwich, Rhode Island

List of Registered Historic Places in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, which has been transferred from and is an integral part of National Register of Historic Places listings in Kent County, Rhode Island

This National Park Service list is complete through NPS recent listings posted June 7, 2019.

National Register of Historic Places listings in Kent County, Rhode Island

This is a list of the National Register of Historic Places listings in Kent County, Rhode Island.

This is intended to be a complete list of the properties and districts on the National Register of Historic Places in Kent County, Rhode Island, United States. Latitude and longitude coordinates are provided for many National Register properties and districts; these locations may be seen together in a map.There are 80 properties and districts listed on the National Register in the county, including 1 National Historic Landmark.

This National Park Service list is complete through NPS recent listings posted June 7, 2019.

National Register of Historic Places listings in West Greenwich, Rhode Island

List of Registered Historic Places in West Greenwich, Rhode Island, which has been transferred from and is an integral part of National Register of Historic Places listings in Kent County, Rhode Island

This National Park Service list is complete through NPS recent listings posted June 7, 2019.

National Register of Historic Places listings in West Warwick, Rhode Island

List of Registered Historic Places in West Warwick, Rhode Island, which has been transferred from and is an integral part of National Register of Historic Places listings in Kent County, Rhode Island

This National Park Service list is complete through NPS recent listings posted June 7, 2019.

Potowomut River

The Potowomut River is a tidal extension of the Hunt River in the U.S. state of Rhode Island. It runs approximately 2.5 miles (4.0 km).

Providence River

The Providence River is a tidal river in the U.S. state of Rhode Island. It flows approximately 8 miles (13 km). There are no dams along the river's length, although the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier is located south of downtown to protect the city of Providence from damaging tidal floods.

The southern part of the river has been dredged at a cost of $65 million in federal and state funds to benefit nearby marinas and commercial shipping interests.The Dutch called the Providence River the Nassau River. It was the northeastern limit of Dutch claims in the colonial era, owing to Adriaen Block's exploration of Narragansett Bay, from 1614 until the Hartford Treaty of 1650. It can, therefore, be regarded as the original boundary between the English New England colonies and the Dutch colony of New Netherland.

Rhode Island's 2nd congressional district

Rhode Island's 2nd congressional district is a congressional district in southern and western Rhode Island. The district is currently represented by Democrat James Langevin, who has represented the district since January 2001.

Rock Island (Rhode Island)

Rock Island is an island in Narragansett Bay in the U.S. state of Rhode Island.

Rock Island is a small rocky island near Pawtuxet Village and is now connected to the mainland by a causeway. The island is part of the Salter Grove public picnic ground and is the site for a proposed man-made salt marsh using dredged materials. The island contains several unusual fossils.

St. Mary's Church and Cemetery (Crompton, Rhode Island)

St. Mary's Church and Cemetery is an historic Roman Catholic church building and cemetery in Crompton, a village of West Warwick, Rhode Island.

Warwick Light

Warwick Light, also known as Warwick Lighthouse, is an historic lighthouse in Warwick, Rhode Island.

West Greenwich, Rhode Island

West Greenwich is a town in Kent County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 6,135 at the 2010 census. West Greenwich was named for the historic town of Greenwich, Kent, England. It was separated from East Greenwich in 1741. Students go to Exeter-West Greenwich Regional School in West Greenwich.

West Warwick, Rhode Island

West Warwick is a town in Kent County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 29,191 at the 2010 census.

West Warwick was incorporated in 1913, making it the youngest town in the state. Prior to 1913, the town, situated on the western bank of the Pawtuxet River, was the population and industrial center of the larger town of Warwick. The town split because local Democratic politicians wanted to consolidate their power and isolate their section of town from the Republican-dominated farmland in the east.

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