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 2022 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 02837 Newport County $224,214.00
2 02806 Bristol County $210,298.00
3 02818 Kent County $180,561.00
4 02835 Newport County $174,908.00
5 02874 Washington County $167,028.00
6 02921 Providence County $155,503.00
7 02831 Kent County, Providence County $154,111.00
8 02906 Providence County $153,730.00
9 02892 Washington County $148,634.00
10 02871 Newport County $142,932.00

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 Little Compton Newport County $224,214.00
2 Barrington Bristol County $210,298.00
3 East Greenwich Kent County $209,880.00
4 James Newport County $174,908.00
5 Portsmouth Newport County $142,183.00
6 Charles Washington County $139,457.00
7 West Greenwich Kent County $136,704.00
8 North Kings Washington County $136,067.00
9 Richmond Washington County $133,862.00
10 Scituate Providence County $128,144.00

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 2022, the median household income in Rhode Island is $81,370.00.

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

  • Under 25
    $43,688.00
  • 25 to 44
    $86,770.00
  • 45 to 64
    $100,530.00
  • 65 and over
    $56,242.00

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 $106,511.00.

11.31% 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
    15.93%
  • $25,000 to $49,999
    15.90%
  • $50,000 to $74,999
    14.72%
  • $75,000 to $99,999
    12.95%
  • $100,000 to $149,999
    19.20%
  • $150,000 to $199,999
    9.99%
  • $200,000 or more
    11.31%

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 $43,324.00.

Population in Rhode Island by Race and Ethnicity

The total population in Rhode Island is currently 1,094,250 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.

  • 11.10% White
    121,756
  • 83.30% Black/African American
    911,054
  • 69.80% Native
    764,160
  • 12.60% Hispanic
    138,350
  • 5.30% Asian
    58,304
  • 0.20% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
    2,061
  • 0.00% Two or more races
    446
  • 3.40% Other
    37,177

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 55,897 54,344
10 to 19 Years 68,369 66,057
20 to 29 Years 78,277 75,425
30 to 39 Years 74,753 72,340
40 to 49 Years 63,778 62,843
50 to 59 Years 73,199 75,137
60 to 69 Years 67,452 73,676
70 Years and over 55,496 77,207

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
    16.84%
  • Bachelor's degree
    34.48%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    10.00%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    36.07%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2.62%

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 912,516 people.

The unemployment rate in Rhode Island is 5.90%, which means 34,616 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 40.1 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

40.1

Total

38.6

Male

41.5

Female

Households and Families

There are a total of 432,219 households in Rhode Island, and the average household size is 2.43 people.

For families, the total number is 265,601, and the average family size is 3.05 people.

7.20% of those families in Rhode Island are living below the poverty line.

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

Household Size Poverty Threshold
1 Person $14,580.00
2 People $19,720.00
3 People $24,860.00
4 People $30,000.00
5 People $35,140.00
6 People $40,280.00
7 People $45,420.00
8 People $50,560.00

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

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 188,597 22,355 54,649 166,618
Average Household Size 3.15 3.11 3.21 1.26
Total Families 188,597 22,355 54,649 0
Average Household Size 3.12 2.7 2.98 0

Housing Data in Rhode Island

There are total of 483,053 housing units in Rhode Island. Of those units, 432,219 (89.48%) are occupied, and 50,834 (10.52%) are vacant.

Rental Rates

Of the 483,053 housing units in Rhode Island, 154,949 (32.08%) are occupied by renters. The median rent paid by renters is $1,195.00.

Owner occupied housing units make up the remaining 56.09% of housing units, with 270,950 housing units in total.

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

  • No rent paid
    6,320
  • Less than $500
    21,916
  • $500 to $999
    30,595
  • $1,000 to $1,499
    57,236
  • $1,500 to $1,999
    28,995
  • $2,000 to $2,499
    10,709
  • $2,500 to $2,999
    2,916
  • $3,000 or more
    2,582

Property Values

The median value of a property in Rhode Island is $343,100.00.

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

  • Less than $50,000
    6,143
  • $50,000 to $99,999
    2,425
  • $100,000 to $149,999
    6,148
  • $150,000 to $199,999
    15,681
  • $200,000 to $299,999
    76,064
  • $300,000 to $499,999
    107,483
  • $500,000 to $999,999
    48,350
  • $1,000,000 or more
    8,656

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
    148,471
  • 1940 to 1949
    31,654
  • 1950 to 1959
    59,146
  • 1960 to 1969
    51,864
  • 1970 to 1979
    58,012
  • 1980 to 1989
    56,231
  • 1990 to 1999
    34,739
  • 2000 to 2009
    28,124
  • 2010 to 2013
    13,567
  • 2014 or later
    1,245

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
    39,079
  • 1 vehicle available
    155,267
  • 2 vehicles available
    161,143
  • 3 or more vehicles available
    76,730

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
    12,147
  • 5 to 9 minutes
    45,318
  • 10 to 14 minutes
    72,080
  • 15 to 19 minutes
    79,446
  • 20 to 24 minutes
    79,233
  • 25 to 29 minutes
    33,344
  • 30 to 34 minutes
    63,872
  • 35 to 39 minutes
    15,611
  • 40 to 44 minutes
    19,430
  • 45 to 59 minutes
    35,165
  • 60 to 89 minutes
    22,728
  • 90 or more minutes
    12,164

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
    413,944
  • Carpooled
    41,330
  • Public transportation
    10,428
  • Walked
    15,688
  • Other means
    9,148
  • Worked from home
    52,149

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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