The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Rhode Island For 2022


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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the fastest growing cities in Rhode Island.

Is being in an area that's growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?

Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Providence and Cranston, while others want peace and quiet like in Kingston and Tiverton, thank you very much.

But today we're going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts -- over the past five years, which cities in Rhode Island have the grown the fastest.

After getting knee deep in the Census's American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Ocean State that have people climbing over each other to get in.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Rhode Island for 2022 according to the most recent census data:

What's the fastest growing city in Rhode Island for 2022? Based on the most recent ACS data, Tiverton ranks as the fastest growing city in Rhode Island. If you happen to be a resident of Tiverton, you're probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you're surprised--and you're wondering why these places are kind of a big deal--keep reading. We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in Rhode Island are growing like weeds.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in Rhode Island or the Fastest Growing States In America.

For more Rhode Island state reading:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Rhode Island For 2022

1. Tiverton

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,996
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 7,296
Percent Growth 9.6%
Absolute Growth: 700
More on Tiverton: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Tiverton, RI

Source: Public domain

2. Cumberland Hill

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,515
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 7,820
Percent Growth 8.9%
Absolute Growth: 695
More on Cumberland Hill: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Cumberland Hill, RI

3. Wakefield-Peacedale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 9,504
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 9,021
Percent Growth 5.4%
Absolute Growth: 483
More on Wakefield-Peacedale: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Wakefield-Peacedale, RI

4. Kingston

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 6,407
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Population 2010: 6,126
Percent Growth 4.6%
Absolute Growth: 281
More on Kingston: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Kingston, RI

5. Greenville

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,114
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 9)
Population 2010: 8,767
Percent Growth 4.0%
Absolute Growth: 347
More on Greenville: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Greenville, RI

6. Westerly

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 17,842
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 5)
Population 2010: 17,552
Percent Growth 1.7%
Absolute Growth: 290
More on Westerly: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Westerly, RI

7. Cranston

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 81,252
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Population 2010: 80,580
Percent Growth 0.8%
Absolute Growth: 672
More on Cranston: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Cranston, RI

8. Providence

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 179,472
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Population 2010: 178,286
Percent Growth 0.7%
Absolute Growth: 1,186
More on Providence: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Providence, RI

9. Valley Falls

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,548
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 4)
Population 2010: 11,518
Percent Growth 0.3%
Absolute Growth: 30
More on Valley Falls: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Valley Falls, RI

Source: Public domain

10. Central Falls

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 19,437
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Population 2010: 19,391
Percent Growth 0.2%
Absolute Growth: 46
More on Central Falls: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Central Falls, RI

Methodology: How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Ocean State for 2022

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the beginning of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Current Population
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to Current (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

We ranked all 16 Rhode Island cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.

The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Ocean State.

And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:

[Current Population - Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

Here's a graph of the cities in Rhode Island with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in Rhode Island Graph For 2022

Click to enlarge

Summary: These Places Grew Up So Fast In Rhode Island, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Rhode Island are led by Tiverton which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.

It'll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We'll be here to let you know!

These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):

  1. Warwick
  2. Newport East
  3. Newport

For more Rhode Island reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Rhode Island For 2022

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Tiverton 9.6% 7,996 7,296
2 Cumberland Hill 8.9% 8,515 7,820
3 Wakefield-Peacedale 5.4% 9,504 9,021
4 Kingston 4.6% 6,407 6,126
5 Greenville 4.0% 9,114 8,767
6 Westerly 1.7% 17,842 17,552
7 Cranston 0.8% 81,252 80,580
8 Providence 0.7% 179,472 178,286
9 Valley Falls 0.3% 11,548 11,518
10 Central Falls 0.2% 19,437 19,391

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