The 10 Richest Cities In Rhode Island For 2021


We analyzed 17 places in Rhode Island to determine where the 1% live.

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Cumberland Hill, Greenville, Warwick: These cities aren’t just some of the best places to live in Rhode Island. They are also home to some of the richest people in the Ocean State.

Cumberland Hill in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $89,456 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 4.7884592071766265%.

If you’re thinking of moving to one of these towns, you’ll probably need to start saving. The richest places in Rhode Island share common characteristics such as having a genius level populous, sky high home prices, and a Pleasantville level of married couples.

How did we come up with these mega wealthy cities? We analyzed Census data from the 2015-2019 American Community Survey for the 18 places in Rhode Island with more than 3,000 people.

Here are the 10 richest places in Rhode Island for 2021:

  1. Cumberland Hill
  2. Greenville
  3. Warwick
  4. Valley Falls
  5. Cranston
  6. Tiverton
  7. Newport East
  8. East Providence
  9. Pascoag
  10. Kingston

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list of the richest cities in Rhode Island.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about Rhode Island:

The 10 Richest Cities In Rhode Island For 2021

1. Cumberland Hill

Cumberland Hill, RI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,249
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $89,456
Unemployment Rate: 0.0%
Poverty Rate: 4.8%
More on Cumberland Hill: Real Estate | Photos

2. Greenville

Greenville, RI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,695
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $84,701
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 1.8%
More on Greenville: Real Estate | Photos

3. Warwick

Warwick, RI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 80,993
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $73,757
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 6.2%
More on Warwick: Real Estate | Photos

4. Valley Falls

Valley Falls, RI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,882
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $83,090
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 8.8%
More on Valley Falls: Real Estate | Photos

5. Cranston

Cranston, RI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 81,254
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $72,017
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 8.7%
More on Cranston: Real Estate | Photos

6. Tiverton

Tiverton, RI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,804
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $68,102
Unemployment Rate: 6.4%
Poverty Rate: 6.6%
More on Tiverton: Real Estate | Photos

7. Newport East

Newport East, RI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 11,925
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Income: $69,368
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 10.9%
More on Newport East: Real Estate | Photos

8. East Providence

East Providence, RI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 47,483
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Income: $59,142
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 10.2%
More on East Providence: Real Estate | Photos

9. Pascoag

Pascoag, RI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 4,594
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Median Income: $84,386
Unemployment Rate: 6.6%
Poverty Rate: 11.0%
More on Pascoag: Real Estate | Photos

10. Kingston

Kingston, RI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 6,513
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 3)
Median Income: $96,775
Unemployment Rate: 13.4%
Poverty Rate: 12.1%
More on Kingston: Real Estate | Photos

How We Determined The Richest Places In Rhode Island For 2021

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In Rhode Island
The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the “richest places”. So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2015-2019 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 18 places with more than 3,000 people in Rhode Island, we ranked each place from 1 to 18 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Rich Score” with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Cumberland Hill, crowned the “Richest City In Rhode Island For 2021”. You can download the data here.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 18 places.

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In Rhode Island For 2021

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in Rhode Island, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Rhode Island.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the poorest cities in Rhode Island, according to data:

Poorest: Woonsocket
2nd Poorest: Providence
3rd Poorest: Central Falls

For more Rhode Island reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Rhode Island

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Cumberland Hill 1.67 $89,456
2 Greenville 2.0 $84,701
3 Warwick 4.67 $73,757
4 Valley Falls 4.67 $83,090
5 Cranston 6.67 $72,017
6 Tiverton 8.0 $68,102
7 Newport East 8.33 $69,368
8 East Providence 8.67 $59,142
9 Pascoag 8.67 $84,386
10 Kingston 10.33 $96,775
11 Newport 10.67 $67,102
12 Wakefield-Peacedale 10.67 $82,692
13 Westerly 11.0 $66,909
14 Narragansett Pier 12.67 $58,875
15 Pawtucket 14.0 $50,476
16 Central Falls 16.0 $32,982
17 Providence 16.0 $45,610
18 Woonsocket 16.33 $42,595

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the richest cities in Rhode Island.

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