North Kingstown, Rhode Island

North Kingstown is a town in Washington County, Rhode Island, United States, and is part of the Providence metropolitan area. According to the 2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, the population in 2015 was 22,358. North Kingstown is home to the birthplace of the famous American portraitist Gilbert Stuart, who was born in the village of Saunderstown. Within the town is Quonset Point, location of the former Naval Air Station Quonset Point, known for the invention of the Quonset hut, as well as the neighborhood of Davisville, location of the former Davisville Naval Construction Battalion Center.

North Kingstown, Rhode Island
The Gilbert Stuart Birthplace in North Kingstown
The Gilbert Stuart Birthplace in North Kingstown
Location of North Kingstown in Washington County, Rhode Island
Location of North Kingstown in Washington County, Rhode Island
Coordinates: 41°34′50″N 71°27′14″W / 41.58056°N 71.45389°WCoordinates: 41°34′50″N 71°27′14″W / 41.58056°N 71.45389°W
CountryUnited States
StateRhode Island
 • Town CouncilKerry P. McKay
Carol H. Hueston
Jason A. Alberquerque
Kevin V. Maloney
Ellen S. Waxman
 • Total58.3 sq mi (151.1 km2)
 • Land43.6 sq mi (112.9 km2)
 • Water14.7 sq mi (38.2 km2)
82 ft (25 m)
 • Total26,197
 • Density607.5/sq mi (234.6/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
02852 (North Kingstown), 02874 (Saunderstown), 02877 (Slocum)
Area code(s)401
FIPS code44-51580[1]
GNIS feature ID1220088[2]


The town of Kings Towne was founded in 1674, by the colonial government, and included the present day towns of North Kingstown, South Kingstown, Exeter, and Narragansett. In 1722, Kings Towne was split into two parts, North Kingstown and South Kingstown, with North Kingstown, having the earliest settlements, retaining the 1674 establishment date. In 1742, the town of Exeter was taken from the western part of North Kingstown.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 58.3 square miles (151 km2), of which 43.6 square miles (113 km2) is land and 14.8 square miles (38 km2) (25.28%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201526,197[3]−1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[4][5]
Gilbert Stuart Selfportrait
Self portrait of Gilbert Stuart, painted in 1778

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 26,326 people, 10,154 households, and 7,310 families residing in the town. The population density was 603.9 people per square mile (233.2/km²). There were 10,743 housing units at an average density of 246.4 per square mile (95.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.71% White, 0.97% African American, 0.55% Native American, 0.95% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.53% from other races, and 1.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.77% of the population.

There were 10,154 households out of which 35.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.6% were married couples living together, 46.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.0% were non-families. 22.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the town, the age distribution of the population shows 26.0% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 26.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $83,887 (adjusted to inflation), and the median income for a family was $97,208. Males had a median income of $28,883 versus $25,712 for females. The per capita income for the town was $39,324. About 18.8% of families and 16.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.6% of those under age 18 and 4.8% of those age 65 or over.


Wickford Junction is a terminus station on the Providence/Stoughton Commuter Rail Line, providing weekday service to Providence Station and Boston's South Station.

RIPTA also services in the town inbound to Providence and outbound to Narragansett or Newport.

Notable people

Points of interest

Allie's Donuts in North Kingstown Rhode Island
Allie's Donuts, a well known local restaurant on Rhode Island Route 2
  • Casey Farm (1725): An original colonial plantation that is today one of the oldest operational farms in New England.
  • Davis Memorial Wildlife Refuge: 96 acres of forest and wetlands preserved by the Audubon Society of Rhode Island.
  • Devil's Foot Rock: A footprint-like natural impression or possibly petrosomatoglyph. Legends going back to the colonial era tell of a Native American woman being chased by the devil. Some say that she fled from Boston. Her pursuer is said to have left his footprints at Devil's Foot Rock, then at Chimney Hill in South Kingstown, and finally at Block Island.
  • Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum (1751): The house in which American portraitist Gilbert Stuart was born in 1755. The museum features works from throughout Stuart's career and operational grist and snuff mills.
  • Historic Wickford Village: A historic seaside village which contains one of the largest collections of preserved 18th-century houses in the Northeastern United States. Wickford also has a large and scenic harbor.
  • David S. Baker Estate: Home of Rhode Island's first elected Governor to never be seated. Northeastern United States.
  • Quonset Air Museum: A large museum located at the former Naval Air Station Quonset Point which focuses on military aviation history.
  • Smith's Castle (1678): A colonial plantation located on the shore of Narragansett Bay.
  • Quonset Point, a former military base which was once the home of the Naval Construction Battalions known as the Seabees
  • John Cole (1715–1777), was a lawyer and 12th Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court[6]

Other National Historic Places in North Kingstown

Old Narragansett Church Wickford RI

Old Narragansett Church, built in 1707, is the oldest Episcopal Church building in New England

Baptist Church in Wickford RI

Baptist Church in Wickford

See also

  • Flag of Rhode Island.svg Rhode Island portal


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Archived from the original on June 2, 2016. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  5. ^ Snow, Edwin M. (1867). Report upon the Census of Rhode Island 1865. Providence, RI: Providence Press Company.
  6. ^ Updike, Wilkins (1907). A history of the Episcopal Church in Narragansett, Rhode Island: including a history of other Episcopal churches in the state. vol. 1. Boston: Printed and published by D.B. Updike.

External links

143d Airlift Wing

The 143d Airlift Wing (143 AW) is a unit of the Rhode Island Air National Guard, stationed at Quonset Point Air National Guard Station, Rhode Island. If activated to federal service, the Wing is gained by the United States Air Force Air Mobility Command.

The 143d Airlift Squadron assigned to the Wings 143d Operations Group, is a descendant organization of the 152d Observation Squadron, established on 21 August 1939. It is one of the 29 original National Guard Observation Squadrons of the United States Army National Guard formed before World War II.

Annaquatucket River

The Annaquatucket River is a river in the U.S. state of Rhode Island. It flows approximately 7 km (5 mi) and drains a watershed of 18.9 km² (7.3 sq. mi). There are two dams along the river's length.

Chipuxet River

The Chipuxet River is a river in the U.S. state of Rhode Island. It flows approximately 8.5 miles (13.7 km). There are two dams along the river's length.The river is used as the main drinking water supply for the University of Rhode Island. Due to heavy water demands on the river, it has been known to run dry at times.

Davisville, Rhode Island

Davisville, Rhode Island is a village in the town of North Kingstown in the U.S. state of Rhode Island that was formerly the home of the Davisville Naval Construction Battalion Center, which housed the United States Navy's SeaBees.

Hunt River (Rhode Island)

The Hunt River is a river in the U.S. state of Rhode Island. It flows approximately 11 km (7 mi). There is a small stone dam just upstream from the Davisville Road bridge that powered a woolen mill active in the period 1811-1924.

Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge

The Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge (often misspelled Jamestown-Verrazano Bridge) spans the West Passage of Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island, United States. It is part of Rhode Island Route 138 and is on the route to Newport, Rhode Island for traffic heading northbound from Interstate 95.

Mattatuxet River

The Mattatuxet River is a river in the U.S. state of Rhode Island. It flows approximately 3 km (2 mi). There are two dams along the river's length.

National Register of Historic Places listings in North Kingstown, Rhode Island

This is a list of Registered Historic Places in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.

This National Park Service list is complete through NPS recent listings posted June 14, 2019.

Nellie Gorbea

Nellie M. Gorbea (born July 12, 1967) is an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, she is the Secretary of State of Rhode Island. Gorbea is the first Hispanic to win statewide office in New England.

North Kingstown High School

North Kingstown Senior High School (North Kingstown High School) is a public secondary school located in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. The school, which serves grades 9–12, is attended by residents of both North Kingstown and Jamestown. As of 2014–15, there were 1,407 students enrolled, and the faculty consisted of approximately 100 teachers.


The Ocean State Higher Education Economic Development and Administrative Network (OSHEAN, pronounced "ocean") is a non-profit coalition of colleges, universities, K-12 school, libraries, hospitals, government agencies and other non-profit organizations, providing Internet-based technology for its member institutions and the communities they serve. OSHEAN is a member of the Rhode Island technology community, regularly contributing expertise and resources to a wide range of initiatives, from school enrichment activities to community forums on technology-related issues in the public interest. OSHEAN regularly pursues opportunities for local, regional and national collaboration and plays a national leadership role in professional education for IT professionals and policy development in the information technology arena.

OSHEAN is building a communications infrastructure for Rhode Island's institutions of higher education, state and federal government agencies, non-profit research organizations, workforce development initiatives, and economic development efforts.

Ocean State Job Lot

Ocean State Job Lot, headquartered in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, is an American discount retailer with 131 discount stores operating in New England, New York, and New Jersey. The name derives from Rhode Island's nickname, "The Ocean State", and from "Job Lot", which means a miscellaneous group of articles, especially when sold or bought together. Ocean State Job Lot first opened in 1977 as a single store in North Kingstown. The merchandise selection consists of a variety of manufacturer's overruns, overstocks and packaging changes, as well as selected other products.

After Ames went bankrupt in 2002, Ocean State Job Lot expanded by buying many its former locations in New England. In January 2019, the company announced plans to expand into Pennsylvania by acquiring and/or leasing former Toys "R" Us locations.In 2017 and 2018, Forbes named the company a “Best Midsize Employer.”

Pettaquamscutt River

The Pettaquamscutt River (also known as Narrow River) is a tidal extension of the Mattatuxet River in the U.S. state of Rhode Island. It flows approximately 6.3 miles (10.1 km). There are no dams along the river's length.

Pine River (Rhode Island)

The Pine River is a river in the U.S. state of Rhode Island. It flows approximately 8 km (5 mi). There are no dams along the river's length.

Quonset Point

Quonset Point , also known simply as Quonset, is a small peninsula in Narragansett Bay in the town of North Kingstown, Rhode Island. Its name is widely known from the Quonset hut, which was first manufactured there. Quonset is an Algonquian word meaning "small, long place".Quonset Point was the location of Naval Air Station Quonset Point, a large United States Navy base. The peninsula is now used for industrial purposes and is partially abandoned. A major industry located there is a hull-fabrication and outfitting facility for Electric Boat Corporation. It was also home to Camp Endicott, home to the Alantic fleet Seabees.

Rhode Island Route 403 is a freeway branching from Rhode Island Route 4 that serves the area. Quonset is also served by a railroad spur from Amtrak's Northeast Corridor. The Providence and Worcester Railroad provides freight service along this stretch of the Corridor.

Saugatucket River

The Saugatucket River is a river in the U.S. state of Rhode Island. It flows approximately 13 km (8 mi). There are three dams along the river's length.

Saunderstown, Rhode Island

Saunderstown is a small village and historic district in the towns of Narragansett and North Kingstown in Washington County, Rhode Island, United States.

St. Paul's Church (North Kingstown, Rhode Island)

St. Paul's Church is a historic church at 55 Main Street in the village of Wickford within the town of North Kingstown, Rhode Island. It is a single story Romanesque Revival structure, designed by Rhode Island architect Thomas Tefft and built in 1847. Its main rectangular block has a gable roof, and narrow round-arch windows on the side walls with molded surrounds. The front of the church is asymmetrical, with the tower on the left and its entry slightly off-center between the tower and a small projecting narthex area. The square tower has single narrow round-arch windows on the first level, paired round-arch windows on the second, and clock faces on the third. A roof skirt rises to an open octagonal belfry, which is capped by a steeple and spire.The church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.

Wickford, Rhode Island

Wickford is a small village in the town of North Kingstown, Rhode Island, United States, which is named after Wickford in Essex, England. Wickford is located on the west side of Narragansett Bay, just about a 20-minute drive across two bridges from Newport, Rhode Island. The village is built around one of the most well-protected natural harbors on the eastern seaboard, and features one of the largest collections of 18th century dwellings to be found anywhere in the northeast. Today the majority of the village's historic homes and buildings (most in private hands) remain largely intact upon their original foundations.

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