Rhode Island Population and Demographics

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In this article, we'll explore most of the 190+ data points we have for Rhode Island, covering popular demographics statistics like household income, race, age and gender, educational attainment, poverty, housing, and transportation.

The data on this page is from the 2021 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year survey from the US Census Bureau.

Richest Zip Codes in Rhode Island

In the table below, we've ranked the richest zip codes in Rhode Island based on the average (or mean) household income. To do this, we only look at zip codes that have a population of at least 500 people and a reasonable margin of error for the data.

If the margin of error for the mean income is greater than 50% of the estimate, we don't use it. This is to try and make the data less likely to be skewed by outliers with very small population areas or estimates that are not very accurate.

Rank ZIP Code County Mean Income
1 2806 Bristol County $190,749.00
2 2837 Newport County $180,571.00
3 2835 Newport County $167,635.00
4 2818 Kent County $162,781.00
5 2906 Providence County $146,119.00
6 2874 Washington County $145,612.00
7 2921 Providence County $139,877.00
8 2831 Kent County, Providence County $139,496.00
9 2892 Washington County $134,199.00
10 2817 Kent County $130,914.00

To view details demographics data for a specific zip code, click on the link in the table above. You can also read our article here on the richest zip codes in Rhode Island.

Richest Cities in Rhode Island

We can also find the same information for the richest cities in Rhode Island. The table below ranks the top 10 cities in Rhode Island by average household income by using the same criteria as we did with the zip codes.

Rank City County Mean Income
1 Barrington Bristol County $190,749.00
2 East Greenwich Kent County $186,605.00
3 Little Compton Newport County $180,571.00
4 James Newport County $167,635.00
5 West Greenwich Kent County $130,914.00
6 Portsmouth Newport County $129,711.00
7 North Kings Washington County $128,077.00
8 Scituate Providence County $120,803.00
9 South Kings Washington County $119,020.00
10 Richmond Washington County $118,386.00
11 Cumberland Providence County $118,384.00
12 Exeter Washington County $116,760.00
13 Lincoln Providence County $115,399.00
14 Charles Washington County $114,791.00
15 Hopkinton Washington County $112,387.00
16 Bristol Bristol County $111,276.00
17 Foster Providence County $110,156.00
18 Smithfield Providence County $109,270.00
19 Glocester Providence County $108,333.00
20 Marlborough Cheshire County $107,848.00
21 Narragansett Washington County $106,920.00
22 North Smithfield Providence County $104,320.00
23 Burrillville Providence County $103,773.00
24 Tiverton Newport County $103,353.00
25 Westerly Washington County $102,878.00
26 Coventry Kent County $102,486.00
27 Warren Bristol County $93,649.00
28 Johnston Providence County $87,570.00
29 North Providence Providence County $82,661.00
30 New Shoreham Washington County $79,412.00
31 West Warwick Kent County $78,821.00

To view details demographics data for a specific city, click on the link in the table above. You can also read our article here on the richest cities in Rhode Island.

Median Household Income

According to the latest ACS 5-year survey in 2020, the median household income in Rhode Island is $70,305.00.

The chart below shows the average household income by age in Rhode Island.

  • Under 25
    $36,658.00
  • 25 to 44
    $78,332.00
  • 45 to 64
    $91,477.00
  • 65 and over
    $50,765.00

Average Household Income

A very commonly asked question is "what is the average household income in Rhode Island?". The official term for the average household income is the mean household income. The mean household income is the total income of all households divided by the number of households.

The average (or mean) household income in Rhode Island is $92,427.00.

9.04% of households in Rhode Island are classed as high income households (making $200,000+ per year).

The difference between a median and an average income

The difference between a median and mean household income is that the median income is the middle point of the set of numbers whereas the mean income is an average of all numbers.

Both metrics are important when looking at the income statistics for Rhode Island but because the median value doesn't depend on other numbers in the dataset, it doesn't change as much when some of the values are extremely low or extremely high.

Household Income Tiers for Rhode Island

We can also look at the household income tiers. This lets you see how many households fall into each of the earnings brackets and what percentage that bracket is of the total number of households.

The chart below shows the household income brackets to see which age groups have the highest median income. The actual data is more granular than these brackets, but we've simplified them into bigger categories to make reviewing the data for Rhode Island easier to view.

You can purchase the raw data above, which will have the full income tiers with smaller jumps in household income.

  • Less than $24,999
    17.43%
  • $25,000 to $49,999
    17.52%
  • $50,000 to $74,999
    15.32%
  • $75,000 to $99,999
    13.48%
  • $100,000 to $149,999
    18.53%
  • $150,000 to $199,999
    8.68%
  • $200,000 or more
    9.04%

Per Capita Income

The per capita income is the average income of all people in Rhode Island. This is calculated by dividing the total income of all people in Rhode Island by the total number of people in Rhode Island.

It differs from the average or mean household income because it includes all people in Rhode Island and not just the people who earn an income (i.e. children, retirees, unemployed, etc.).

The per capita income in Rhode Island is $37,504.00.

Population in Rhode Island by Race and Ethnicity

The total population in Rhode Island is currently 1,057,798 people.

The race and ethnicity of the population in Rhode Island can be very important for social research, economics, and marketing to a multi-culturial society.

Whether you want to target products or services to a particular race or ethnicity, or provide housing and new businesses to improve areas with a larger ethnic minority population, this data is very valuable for discovering suitable areas.

The chart below breaks down the population and percentage for each race and ethnicity in Rhode Island.

  • 70.60% White
    770,700
  • 5.40% Black/African American
    59,203
  • 0.30% Native
    2,968
  • 16.40% Hispanic
    178,673
  • 3.40% Asian
    37,153
  • 0.00% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
    539
  • 3.20% Two or more races
    34,680
  • 0.70% Other
    8,033

Population of Rhode Island by Age and Gender

Another very important demographics statistic for Rhode Island is the age and gender of the population. The age and gender of the population can be used to track trends in population growth or decline, and for businesses, the data can be used to identify people important to you and your business need.

In the table below, we show age groups at a 10 year granularity for ease of use. The raw data, which can be purchased above, includes age and gender at a 5 year granularity.

Age Group Male Female
0 to 9 Years 56,964 55,739
10 to 19 Years 69,147 67,057
20 to 29 Years 77,408 75,245
30 to 39 Years 72,862 71,693
40 to 49 Years 63,453 64,166
50 to 59 Years 73,997 77,545
60 to 69 Years 66,892 72,742
70 Years and over 53,560 73,479

Education Levels

Educational attainment is a very useful statistic that can give insights into other data such as the average household income, unemployment levels, and literacy.

What this means is that it is likely for areas that have higher levels of education to have higher average household incomes, lower unemployment rates, and higher literacy rates.

The chart below shows the educational attainment of the population in Rhode Island.

  • Master's degree or higher
    16.38%
  • Bachelor's degree
    33.71%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    9.78%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    37.40%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2.74%

Unemployment Rates

The unemployment rate is the percentage of the population that is actively looking for work but is unable to find a job. The unemployment rate is a very important statistic for Rhode Island because it can show how many people are actively looking for work and how many people are unable to find a job.

Lower levels of unemployment is generally seen as a positive sign for the economy. It also makes the government in Rhode Island look good because it shows that they are doing a good job of creating jobs, working to capacity, being efficient, and keeping the economy strong.

The unemployment rate is calculated using the total population in Rhode Island that are over the age of 16.

The current population in Rhode Island that are over the age of 16 is 906,304 people.

The unemployment rate in Rhode Island is 34.60%, which means 313,838 people are unemployed.

Median Age in Rhode Island

The median age is an interesting metric because it gives us an idea of the age distribution of people in Rhode Island. You know when you see a median age that it is the age where half of the population is older and half is younger than it.

For demographic studies, this can be used to infer and compare date to things such as birth rates, the age of parents, and so on.

An increasing median age can be a sign of an aging population, which can be a sign of a declining population. This is because older people tend to have fewer children and die more often than younger people.

The median age in Rhode Island is 40 years old.

We can also look at the median age by gender to compare the see how each group compares to the total median age:

Median age by gender in Rhode Island

40

Total

38.5

Male

41.4

Female

Households and Families

There are a total of 426,769 households in Rhode Island, and the average household size is 2.46 people.

For families, the total number is 264,634, and the average family size is 3.1 people.

7.40% of those families in Rhode Island are living below the poverty line.

The table below shows the poverty thresholds for Rhode Island in 2022.

Household Size Poverty Threshold
1 Person $13,590.00
2 People $18,310.00
3 People $23,030.00
4 People $27,750.00
5 People $32,470.00
6 People $37,190.00
7 People $41,910.00
8 People $46,630.00

Please note that the poverty thresholds shown above are from 2022, while the latest demographics data we have is from 2020.

Households and Families by Marital Status

There are four types of household and family, as defined by the Census Bureau:

  • Married-couple
  • Male householder, no spouse present
  • Female householder, no spouse present
  • Nonfamily household

In the table below, you can see the total households and families in Rhode Island for each type, as well as the average sizes.

Married Male Female Nonfamily
Total Households 189,598 20,261 54,775 162,135
Average Household Size 3.18 3.12 3.29 1.26
Total Families 189,598 20,261 54,775 0
Average Household Size 3.15 2.74 3.05 0

Housing Data in Rhode Island

There are total of 481,168 housing units in Rhode Island. Of those units, 426,769 (88.69%) are occupied, and 54,399 (11.31%) are vacant.

Rental Rates

Of the 481,168 housing units in Rhode Island, 154,880 (32.19%) are occupied by renters. The median rent paid by renters is $1,097.00.

Owner occupied housing units make up the remaining 55.25% of housing units, with 265,851 housing units in total.

The table below breaks down how much rent is paid by renters in Rhode Island.

  • No rent paid
    6,038
  • Less than $500
    24,540
  • $500 to $999
    39,553
  • $1,000 to $1,499
    56,953
  • $1,500 to $1,999
    23,311
  • $2,000 to $2,499
    6,930
  • $2,500 to $2,999
    1,939
  • $3,000 or more
    1,654

Property Values

The median value of a property in Rhode Island is $292,600.00.

The table below breaks down the range of valuations for all properties in Rhode Island.

  • Less than $50,000
    5,660
  • $50,000 to $99,999
    3,560
  • $100,000 to $149,999
    10,546
  • $150,000 to $199,999
    29,629
  • $200,000 to $299,999
    89,985
  • $300,000 to $499,999
    87,136
  • $500,000 to $999,999
    32,783
  • $1,000,000 or more
    6,552

Property Age

We can also look at the number of properties built in a given year to see the spread of property age in Rhode Island.

  • 1939 or earlier
    149,348
  • 1940 to 1949
    30,849
  • 1950 to 1959
    58,331
  • 1960 to 1969
    54,362
  • 1970 to 1979
    58,220
  • 1980 to 1989
    54,164
  • 1990 to 1999
    36,019
  • 2000 to 2009
    27,910
  • 2010 to 2013
    11,505
  • 2014 or later
    460

Vehicles Available per Household

Finally, we have data on how many vehicles each household in Rhode Island has. The table below breaks down the number of vehicles available per household.

  • No vehicles available
    37,840
  • 1 vehicle available
    152,759
  • 2 vehicles available
    159,055
  • 3 or more vehicles available
    77,115

Commuting to Work in Rhode Island

The time and means of commuting to work are useful metrics to look at because they can be correlated against other data such as income and education level.

Does a longer commuting time indicate a higher average income? If so, has the huge increase in home working during the pandemic changed this?

Using these metrics, we can get a better understanding of the demographics of Rhode Island, how they commute, and how that correlates to other data points.

The average travel time is 25.3 minutes, and the chart below covers the range of travel times across the population of Rhode Island.

  • Less than 5 minutes
    11,886
  • 5 to 9 minutes
    46,925
  • 10 to 14 minutes
    73,439
  • 15 to 19 minutes
    80,278
  • 20 to 24 minutes
    78,972
  • 25 to 29 minutes
    33,571
  • 30 to 34 minutes
    66,154
  • 35 to 39 minutes
    15,107
  • 40 to 44 minutes
    19,971
  • 45 to 59 minutes
    35,236
  • 60 to 89 minutes
    23,957
  • 90 or more minutes
    12,083

We can also look at the means of transport in Rhode Island to see which modes of transport people are using to commute to work.

  • Drove alone
    419,379
  • Carpooled
    43,328
  • Public transportation
    11,077
  • Walked
    16,110
  • Other means
    7,685
  • Worked from home
    43,440

Conclusion

Hopefully this article has given you the demographics data you were looking for in Rhode Island.

If you need more demographics data, or you need the data listed above in spreadsheet form with more granular grouping, head back to the top of this page where you can purchase the complete demographics data for Rhode Island.

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