The 10 Best Places To Retire In Rhode Island For 2022


We analyzed over 10 places in Rhode Island to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the best places to retire in Rhode Island.

You've finally finished the career grind and are looking to retire somewhere in the Ocean State. But where are the best places to retire in Rhode Island? Don't worry, we've got you covered.

First off: why retire in Rhode Island? For starters, it's one of the safest states in the country, so you won't have to spend your retirement worrying about crime. Second, if you need to retire near the sea, you'll never be too far away in Rhode Island. And the beaches of Rhode Island cater to everyone; from the more family-oriented Easton's Beach in Newport to the more exciting Misquamicut State Beach in Westerly, complete with all the water sport rentals you could ever want. Third, the art scene in Providence is guaranteed to keep you smiling. Especially WaterFire Providence events in the summer, which are sure to take your breath away (and provide some epic pictures to show the family). Heck, Taylor Swift and James Woods have good reason to call Old Rhody home.

So just where are these great places for retirement in Rhode Island? Most of these ten cities are also among Rhode Island's biggest cities, so you definitely won't be far from the action. Some of the state's most famous cities, like Providence, Newport, and Pawtucket, are all great places for retirement, so you won't need to break out the map when you're explaining where you're retiring to your family.

We hope you like clam chowder and Del's Lemonade, because we're heading to the best places to retire in Rhode Island.

The 10 Best Places To Retire In Rhode Island For 2022

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

Why did East Providence take the top spot? And where are Providence and Cranston?

There you have it: the best places to retire in Rhode Island. Fun fact: 100% of the cities on this also make up our list of best cities for families in Rhode Island. Talk about ready-made material for convincing the family to move close by.

You may be curious how we arrived at these places as the best of the best for retirement in Rhode Island. Well, we started by narrowing down our search to the 9 cities in Rhode Island with a population of at least 17,000. Then we parsed data from the Census, the FBI's Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights, looking for the most affordable, safest, and sunniest cities with the most to do. What city got the gold medal for retirement? According to the data, East Providence is the best place to retire in Rhode Island for 2022.

Want to see how all 9 cities we looked at did? Check out the complete list below for each city of at least 17,000 did in our rankings.

For more Rhode Island state reading:

The 10 Best Places To Retire In Rhode Island For 2022

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 47,442
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Median Rent: $988
Distance to Closest Airport: 42 miles
More on East Providence: Real Estate | Data | Photos

East Providence, RI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 17,842
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Rent: $1,063
Distance to Closest Airport: 59 miles
More on Westerly: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Westerly, RI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 71,821
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $933
Distance to Closest Airport: 38 miles
More on Pawtucket: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Pawtucket, RI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 41,616
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $921
Distance to Closest Airport: 35 miles
More on Woonsocket: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Woonsocket, RI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 81,252
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Median Rent: $1,107
Distance to Closest Airport: 47 miles
More on Cranston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Cranston, RI

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 81,043
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Rent: $1,168
Distance to Closest Airport: 50 miles
More on Warwick: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Warwick, RI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 19,437
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $884
Distance to Closest Airport: 38 miles
More on Central Falls: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Central Falls, RI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 179,472
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $1,015
Distance to Closest Airport: 42 miles
More on Providence: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Providence, RI

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 24,697
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $1,326
Distance to Closest Airport: 63 miles
More on Newport: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Newport, RI

Methodology: How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Ocean State for 2022

To create our list of the best places in Rhode Island to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Ocean State -- 34 cities and towns.

We then narrowed it down to places with at least 17,000 people that weren't townships. This left us with 9 places from across the state.

For these 9, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI's Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living as measured by rent
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport
  • Other retirees (High median age)

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 9, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case East Providence, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers. You can download the data here.

Summary: Maybe You're Not Ready To Retire In Rhode Island Yet...

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Rhode Island goes to East Providence.

If you're not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  1. Newport
  2. Providence
  3. Central Falls

For more Rhode Island reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Rhode Island?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 East Providence 47,442 $988
2 Westerly 17,842 $1,063
3 Pawtucket 71,821 $933
4 Woonsocket 41,616 $921
5 Cranston 81,252 $1,107
6 Warwick 81,043 $1,168
7 Central Falls 19,437 $884
8 Providence 179,472 $1,015
9 Newport 24,697 $1,326

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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.

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