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.[3] 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.[4]

West Warwick, Rhode Island
War Memorial Park West Warwick
War Memorial Park West Warwick
The Center of Rhode Island
Location in Kent County and the state of Rhode Island.
Location in Kent County and the state of Rhode Island.
Coordinates: 41°42′N 71°31′W / 41.700°N 71.517°WCoordinates: 41°42′N 71°31′W / 41.700°N 71.517°W
CountryUnited States
StateRhode Island
 • Town CouncilWard 1 - Angelo A. Padula, Jr. (Independent)
Ward 2 - David Gosselin, Jr. (Democrat)
Ward 3 - Jason K. Messier (Independent)
Ward 4 - Jason E. Licciardi (Independent)
Ward 5 - John F. D'Amico (Democrat)
 • Total8.1 sq mi (21.0 km2)
 • Land7.9 sq mi (20.5 km2)
 • Water0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)
151 ft (46 m)
 • Total69,191
 • Density3,695.1/sq mi (1,424.0/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)401
FIPS code44-78440[1]
GNIS feature ID1220060[2]


The area that is now the town of West Warwick was the site of some of the earliest textile mills in the United States situated along the banks of the north and south branches of the Pawtuxet River.[5] These small mill villages would play an important role in the early development of the textile industry in North America. Lippitt Mill founded in 1809 by Revolutionary War hero, Christopher Lippitt, was one of the first mills in the area.[6]

The 1810 Lippitt Mill is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is one of the earliest textile mills in Rhode Island.[7] It was founded in 1809 and the current dam was constructed in 1889. The Mill is one of the earliest textile mills in Rhode Island and is one of the oldest American textile mills still used for manufacturing.[6] Another mill center, River Point, is located at the junction of the North and South branches of the Pawtuxet River, and is home to several mills which have been converted to residences, and which make up the Royal Mill Complex. The Original Bradford Soap Works, located in the Valley Queen Mill, dates back to the 1800s and is still in use today.[8]

On February 20, 2003, The Station nightclub fire was caused by pyrotechnics used indoors during a Great White concert. The fire killed 100 patrons. The fire occurred in a single-story wooden building that was more than 70 years old. It had previously served as an Italian restaurant, and during World War II was a popular hangout for sailors from nearby Quonset Point Naval Air Station.

In 2010, a massive rainfall caused the Pawtuxet River to rise to 21 feet, which is 12 feet above flood stage which caused flooding through much of the town.


John F. Horgan Elementary School, West Warwick, RI
John F. Horgan Elementary School

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 8.1 square miles (21.0 km²), of which, 7.9 square miles (20.5 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (2.22%) is water.

The following villages are located in West Warwick:

  • Arctic, formerly known as Jericho, in the center of West Warwick where most of the town municipal buildings are located
  • Centerville
  • Clyde
  • Crompton
  • Lippitt, home to the historic Lippitt Mill, which was constructed in 1809
  • Natick, a neighborhood in the northeast section of the town.
  • Phenix, in the northwest corner of the town, is the site of the William B. Spencer home, built in the early 1870s, and now listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The area became in later years a mainly Portuguese area.
  • River Point, home to the historic Royal Mills and to Horgan Elementary School
  • Wescott, in northern West Warwick, home to the onetime Wescott train crossing

The town is bordered by the city of Warwick on the east, the town of Coventry on the west, the city of Cranston on the North, and town of East Greenwich on the south.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201528,852[9]−1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[10][11]
Centerville Mill
Historic Centerville Mill

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 29,581 people, 12,498 households, and 7,698 families residing in the town. The population density was 3,728.7 people per square mile (1,440.3/km²). There were 13,186 housing units at an average density of 1,662.1 per square mile (642.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 93.78% White, 1.11% African American, 0.35% Native American, 1.42% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.44% from other races, and 1.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.10% of the population.

There were 12,498 households out of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.4% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.4% were non-families. 31.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the town, the population was spread out with 22.4% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 32.0% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 10 females there were 9.97 males. For every 10 females age 18 and over, there were 9.93 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $39,505, and the median income for a family was $47,674. Males had a median income of $35,128 versus $26,720 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,250. About 9.2% of families and 11.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.9% of those under age 18 and 11.0% of those age 65 or over.


West Warwick has a council-manager form of government. There are five town councilors, one for each of the town's wards. Each is elected to a two-year term.

In the Rhode Island Senate, West Warwick is split in its representation between Democrats Adam J. Satchell (District 9) and Hanna M. Gallo (District 27). At the federal level, West Warwick is included in Rhode Island's 2nd congressional district and is currently represented by Democrat James R. Langevin.

In terms of presidential politics, West Warwick has been a reliably Democratic stronghold in most elections; however, in 2016, Donald Trump became the first Republican to carry the town, albeit narrowly and with a plurality, in three decades.

West Warwick town vote
by party in presidential elections
Year GOP DEM Others
2016 47.56% 5,724 46.03% 5,540 6.41% 772
2012 37.45% 4,332 60.14% 6,956 2.41% 279
2008 38.08% 4,735 60.11% 7,475 1.81% 225
2004 40.42% 4,654 57.84% 6,660 1.74% 200
2000 31.34% 3,365 63.34% 6,801 5.32% 571
1996 22.64% 2,434 62.58% 6,727 14.78% 1,589
1992 28.02% 3,792 45.32% 6,134 26.66% 3,609
1988 46.20% 5,288 53.42% 6,114 0.38% 43

Notable people

See also


  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. ^ "West Warwick, RI A New Vision for a New Century". West Warwick. Retrieved April 27, 2014.
  4. ^ Ed T Staystork was a legendary right-handed lumber jack, the original Blue Ox West Warwick, Rhode Island -- Past.
  5. ^ "West Warwick, RI A New Vision for a New Century". West Warwick. Retrieved April 27, 2014.
  6. ^ a b "LIPPITT MILL COMPLEX". Pawtuxet Valley Preservation and Historical Society. Retrieved April 27, 2014.
  7. ^ "NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES INVENTORY - NOMINATION FORM" (PDF). National Register of Historic Places. Retrieved April 27, 2014.
  8. ^ "Notice to the Press". West Warwick RI, A New Vision for a NewCentury. Retrieved April 27, 2014.
  9. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  11. ^ Snow, Edwin M. (1867). Report upon the Census of Rhode Island 1865. Providence, RI: Providence Press Company.
  12. ^ http://www.elections.state.ri.us/elections/preresults/
  13. ^ "Guide to the Robert Emmet Quinn papers 1936-1975" (PDF). Brown University. Retrieved April 27, 2014.

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Adam Satchell

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Ed Czerkiewicz

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Kent County Daily Times

The Kent County Daily Times is a six-day (Monday through Saturday) evening daily newspaper based in West Warwick, Rhode Island, United States, covering central and western Kent County, Rhode Island. It is owned by RISN Operations Inc.

Towns in the Daily Times' coverage area include Coventry, East Greenwich, West Greenwich and West Warwick, all suburbs or rural towns southwest of Providence, Rhode Island.

Lippitt Mill

The Lippitt Mill is an historic mill at 825 Main Street in West Warwick, Rhode Island.

Mike Roarke

Michael Thomas Roarke (born November 8, 1930) is a retired American catcher and coach in Major League Baseball. During his playing days he threw and batted right-handed, stood 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall and weighed 195 pounds (88 kg).

Born in West Warwick, Rhode Island, Roarke graduated from West Warwick High School in 1948 and earned a B.Sc. degree in history at Boston College, where he captained the Eagles' football and baseball teams. He won the Scanlan Award in 1951 for outstanding ability in scholarship, leadership, and athletic ability.

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 14, 2019.

Necronomicon Press

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Necronomicon Press published critical works by such pioneering Lovecraft scholars as Dirk W. Mosig, Stefan R. Dziemianowicz, Kenneth W. Faig, and S. T. Joshi, including Joshi's biography, H. P. Lovecraft: A Life (1996).

The firm published critical journals such as Lovecraft Studies (now superseded by Lovecraft Annual published by Hippocampus Press) and Studies in Weird Fiction, both edited by Joshi; Crypt of Cthulhu, edited by Robert M. Price; and has also published critical studies of Campbell (The Count of Thirty, edited by Joshi) and Fritz Leiber (Witches of the Mind, written by Bruce Byfield).

Necronomicon Press was awarded the World Fantasy Award in 1994 and 1996 for its contributions to small-press publishing, and the British Fantasy Award in 1995 for its publication Necrofile: The Review of Horror Fiction.

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A flood in March 2010 caused a loss of more than $20,000 worth of books. The press has since reactivated its website.

Patricia Serpa

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Phenix Baptist Church

Phenix Baptist Church is a church at 2 Fairview Avenue in West Warwick, Rhode Island, USA. The church's 1869 building, once listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has been demolished. The church has been rebuilt twice and celebrated its 175th anniversary on January 8, 2017.

Royal Mill Complex

The Royal Mill Complex is an historic textile mill site at 125 Providence Street in West Warwick, Rhode Island. The mill complex was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004. It has recently been completely renovated and remodeled into 250 residential apartments. The complex also includes the Ace Dye Works mill on the south side of the river, which has been converted into lofts. A pedestrian skybridge connects the two mills.

South Branch Pawtuxet River

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

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Tom Garrick

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West Warwick High School

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