The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Rhode Island For 2021

We used science and data to determine which cities in Rhode Island have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best cities for families in Rhode Island.

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What kid doesn't want to live on a "rhode" on an island? Not many.

Now, Rhode Island might not be an island persay, but it does have some pretty cool places--including beaches--for kids. Do we think that's why the state ranked the thirteenth best state to raise a family? Absolutely. More importantly, it has some of the best places inside its borders call home. And lucky for you, HomeSnacks is here to help navigate those places. We've created a list of the best places for families to live in Rhode Island for 2021.

How did we determine Rhode Island's most family friendly places? We consulted the US Census on places in The Ocean State with more than 7,000 residents. We looked at several factors: crime, education, family friendly activities, and the percent of households that currently have children. We ended up with 10 family friendly Rhode Island places. We discovered that not only is Rhode Island the smallest state in size, it's a state with the least amount of residents. Don't worry, however, what the state doesn't make up in size, it makes up in family friendly amenities, safe cities and neighborhoods, great schools, and competitive jobs and salaries.

That's not all we discovered, folks. Did you know that you can take your family on a ferry from the harbor in Providence to Martha's Vineyard? And if scenic drives are more your family's thing, you can start your minivan in Newport and cruise down Ocean Drive to Gooseberry Beach. That's what we call family friendly! To learn more about our methodology and to see why Rhode Island's top ten best places to raise a family are truly the best of the best, read on.

The 10 Best Cities To Raise A Family In Rhode Island For 2021

  1. Cranston
  2. Westerly
  3. Tiverton
  4. Central Falls
  5. Warwick
  6. East Providence
  7. Newport
  8. Pawtucket
  9. Providence
  10. Woonsocket

No, it's not a coincidence that most of Rhode Island's family friendly places are centered around the state's biggest cities: Providence and Newport. There's more to do in these places and jobs with competitive salaries are plentiful.

But, there can only be one number one best place to raise your family in Rhode Island, and that would be Cranston.

To see how your favorite place in Rhode Island compared, take a look at the list below; and if you don't see it there, head to the bottom.

Check out some more reading about Rhode Island and the best places for families in the country:

The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Rhode Island For 2021

Cranston, RI

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Population: 81,254
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 56
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 28.9%
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Westerly, RI

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Population: 17,553
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 57
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 25.9%
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Tiverton, RI

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Population: 7,804
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 63
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 26.8%
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Central Falls, RI

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Population: 19,429
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 42
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 46.6%
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Warwick, RI

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Population: 80,993
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 66
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 25.1%
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East Providence, RI

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Population: 47,483
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 59
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 25.4%
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Newport, RI

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Population: 24,663
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 91
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 21.9%
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Pawtucket, RI

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Population: 71,844
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 62
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 30.4%
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Providence, RI

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Population: 179,494
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 88
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 32.1%
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Woonsocket, RI

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Population: 41,603
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 38
Closest Major City: Boston
Households with kids: 27.8%
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How do you determine which place is best for families in Rhode Island anyways?

To give you the places in Rhode Island which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what's family-friendly and what isn't.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Ocean State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Rhode Island, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 7,000 people. For Rhode Island, that meant a total of 10 cities. You can download the data here.

There You Have It - The Best Places To Raise A Family In Rhode Island

If you're looking for a breakdown of cities in Rhode Island ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here's a look at the best cities for singles Rhode Island according to the data:

  1. Woonsocket
  2. Providence
  3. Pawtucket

For more Rhode Island reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places For Families In Rhode Island?

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Cranston, RI 81,254 55
2 Westerly, RI 17,553 51
3 Tiverton, RI 7,804 48
4 Central Falls, RI 19,429 53
5 Warwick, RI 80,993 54
6 East Providence, RI 47,483 35
7 Newport, RI 24,663 81
8 Pawtucket, RI 71,844 66
9 Providence, RI 179,494 94
10 Woonsocket, RI 41,603 49

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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