Best places to raise a family in Rhode Island

Written by:
April 20, 2021
realtor.com

Best places to raise a family in Rhode Island

Choosing a place to raise children can be a daunting task for any family. If it takes a village to raise a child, that may just extend all the way to your next-door neighbor, fifth-grade teacher, or volunteer soccer coach. While all parents are looking for a great place to raise their kids, oftentimes this decision means balancing—and prioritizing—certain community resources and costs.

Stacker compiled a list of the best places to raise a family in Rhode Island using data from Niche. Niche ranks places to live based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, health care, recreation, and weather. Keep reading to see if where you grew up or currently live made the list.

You may also like: People who retire comfortably avoid these financial advisor mistakes

Best places to raise a family in Rhode Island

Choosing a place to raise children can be a daunting task for any family. If it takes a village to raise a child, that may just extend all the way to your next-door neighbor, fifth-grade teacher, or volunteer soccer coach. While all parents are looking for a great place to raise their kids, oftentimes this decision means balancing—and prioritizing—certain community resources and costs.

Stacker compiled a list of the best places to raise a family in Rhode Island using data from Niche. Niche ranks places to live based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, health care, recreation, and weather. Keep reading to see if where you grew up or currently live made the list.

You may also like: People who retire comfortably avoid these financial advisor mistakes

#25. Scituate

- Population: 10,634
- Median home value: $323,000 (87% own)
- Median rent: $1,274 (13% rent)
- Median household income: $96,179
- Top public schools: Clayville School (B+), Hope School (B), Scituate High School (B)

- Pictured: 6 Brett Dr, Scituate ($950,000, 4 bedrooms)

#24. Narragansett Pier

- Population: 3,594
- Median home value: $542,200 (55% own)
- Median rent: $1,328 (45% rent)
- Median household income: $58,875
- Top public schools: Narragansett High School (A), Narragansett Elementary School (A), Narragansett Pier School (A-)
- Top private schools: Middlebridge School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 114 Boon St, Narragansett ($2.9 million, 4 bedrooms)

#23. Newport

- Population: 24,663
- Median home value: $448,800 (43% own)
- Median rent: $1,236 (57% rent)
- Median household income: $67,102
- Top public schools: Rogers High School (B), Frank E. Thompson Middle School (B-), Claiborne Pell Elementary School (C+)
- Top private schools: St. Michael's Country Day School (A)

- Pictured: 225 Ruggles Ave, Newport ($10.9 million, 10 bedrooms)

#22. Charlestown

- Population: 7,799
- Median home value: $330,700 (84% own)
- Median rent: $1,232 (16% rent)
- Median household income: $78,209
- Top public schools: Hope Valley Elementary School (A-), Ashaway Elementary School (A-), Charlestown Elementary School (A-)

- Pictured: 56 A Sandpiper Ln, Charlestown ($3.0 million, 3 bedrooms)

#21. Greenville

- Population: 8,695
- Median home value: $285,300 (80% own)
- Median rent: $1,177 (20% rent)
- Median household income: $84,701
- Top public schools: William Winsor School (B+), Anna McCabe Elementary School (B+), Vincent J. Gallagher Middle School (B+)
- Top private schools: St. Philip School (unavailable), Overbrook Academy (unavailable), Cadence Academy Preschool - Smithfield (unavailable)

- Pictured: 0 W Cottage Ave, Smithfield ($459,900, 3 bedrooms)

#20. Valley Falls

- Population: 11,882
- Median home value: $239,000 (68% own)
- Median rent: $876 (32% rent)
- Median household income: $83,090
- Top public schools: North Cumberland Middle School (A), Joseph L. McCourt Middle School (A-), Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy Elementary School No. 2 (A-)

- Pictured: 201 Bear Hill Rd, Cumberland ($475,000, 3 bedrooms)

#19. Glocester

- Population: 10,141
- Median home value: $292,000 (87% own)
- Median rent: $1,087 (13% rent)
- Median household income: $89,391
- Top public schools: Fogarty Memorial (A-), Clayville School (B+), William Winsor School (B+)
- Top private schools: Harmony Hill School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 411 Durfee Hill Rd, Glocester ($535,000, 3 bedrooms)

#18. Cranston

- Population: 81,254
- Median home value: $243,500 (67% own)
- Median rent: $1,070 (33% rent)
- Median household income: $72,017
- Top public schools: Garden City School (B), Stadium School (B), Cranston High School West (B)
- Top private schools: Immaculate Conception Catholic Regional School (unavailable), St. Mary Elementary School (unavailable), St. Paul School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 8 Stream Dr, Cranston ($895,000, 5 bedrooms)

#17. Smithfield

- Population: 21,693
- Median home value: $288,700 (79% own)
- Median rent: $916 (21% rent)
- Median household income: $85,337
- Top public schools: Raymond C. LaPerche School (A-), Dr. Halliwell School (A-), William Winsor School (B+)
- Top private schools: St. Philip School (unavailable), Overbrook Academy (unavailable), The Stork's Nest Child Academy - Smithfield (unavailable)

- Pictured: 165 Mann School Rd, Smithfield ($815,000, 3 bedrooms)

#16. Middletown

- Population: 16,018
- Median home value: $379,100 (54% own)
- Median rent: $1,372 (46% rent)
- Median household income: $73,609
- Top public schools: Middletown High School (B+), Joseph H. Gaudet School (B+), Aquidneck School (B)
- Top private schools: St. George's School (A+), All Saints STEAM Academy (unavailable), Silveira Kindergarten & Nursery School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 240 Third Beach Rd, Middletown ($1.9 million, 3 bedrooms)

#15. West Greenwich

- Population: 6,224
- Median home value: $343,700 (82% own)
- Median rent: $2,114 (18% rent)
- Median household income: $119,688
- Top public schools: Exeter-West Greenwich Regional (A-), Metcalf School (B+), Exeter-West Greenwich Regional Junior (B+)
- Top private schools: Greenwich Village School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 0 Stubble Brook Rd Lot 4, West Greenwich ($679,000, 3 bedrooms)

#14. Bristol

- Population: 22,145
- Median home value: $337,700 (67% own)
- Median rent: $1,066 (33% rent)
- Median household income: $72,610
- Top public schools: Rockwell School (A), Guiteras Elementary School (A), Colt Andrews School (A-)
- Top private schools: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 399 Poppasquash Rd, Bristol ($2.9 million, 4 bedrooms)

#13. Lincoln

- Population: 21,731
- Median home value: $319,800 (69% own)
- Median rent: $1,040 (31% rent)
- Median household income: $81,045
- Top public schools: Blackstone Valley Prep Mid2 (A), Joseph L. McCourt Middle School (A-), Lincoln Central Elementary School (A-)
- Top private schools: The Spurwink School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 1 Dario Dr, Lincoln ($1.3 million, 5 bedrooms)

#12. North Smithfield

- Population: 12,413
- Median home value: $295,900 (78% own)
- Median rent: $1,064 (22% rent)
- Median household income: $78,617
- Top public schools: North Smithfield Middle School (A-), North Smithfield Elementary School (A-), North Smithfield High School (A-)

- Pictured: 12 Stoney Dr, North Smithfield ($664,900, 5 bedrooms)

#11. Exeter

- Population: 6,664
- Median home value: $336,800 (81% own)
- Median rent: $991 (19% rent)
- Median household income: $84,919
- Top public schools: Exeter-West Greenwich Regional (A-), Curtis Corner Middle School (B+), Metcalf School (B+)

- Pictured: 154 Kingston Rd, Exeter ($949,900, 4 bedrooms)

#10. Cumberland

- Population: 34,846
- Median home value: $288,200 (77% own)
- Median rent: $954 (23% rent)
- Median household income: $91,726
- Top public schools: Community School (A), North Cumberland Middle School (A), Blackstone Valley Prep High School (A-)
- Top private schools: Mercymount Country Day School (A+)

- Pictured: 102 Eden Ct, Cumberland ($769,900, 4 bedrooms)

#9. Cumberland Hill

- Population: 8,249
- Median home value: $262,100 (80% own)
- Median rent: $921 (20% rent)
- Median household income: $89,456
- Top public schools: Community School (A), North Cumberland Middle School (A), Blackstone Valley Prep High School (A-)
- Top private schools: Cherry Blossom Journey School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 79 Willis Dr, Cumberland ($389,900, 3 bedrooms)

#8. Narragansett

- Population: 15,500
- Median home value: $444,300 (70% own)
- Median rent: $1,389 (30% rent)
- Median household income: $86,920
- Top public schools: Narragansett High School (A), Narragansett Elementary School (A), Narragansett Pier School (A-)
- Top private schools: Quest Montessori School (A+), Middlebridge School (unavailable), Ocean Tides School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 220 Willett Rd, Narragansett ($5.0 million, 4 bedrooms)

#7. South Kingstown

- Population: 30,652
- Median home value: $371,400 (73% own)
- Median rent: $1,287 (27% rent)
- Median household income: $89,917
- Top public schools: Kingston Hill Academy (A+), Narragansett High School (A), Narragansett Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: The Prout School (A-), Child Development Center at University of Rhode Island (A), Monsignor Matthew Clarke Catholic Regional School (A)

- Pictured: 234 C Post Rd, South Kingstown ($2.8 million, 9 bedrooms)

#6. Portsmouth

- Population: 17,363
- Median home value: $386,600 (77% own)
- Median rent: $1,450 (23% rent)
- Median household income: $100,453
- Top public schools: Melville School (A), Portsmouth High School (A-), Portsmouth Middle School (A-)
- Top private schools: Portsmouth Abbey School (A+), The Pennfield School (A), St. Philomena School (A-)

- Pictured: 391 Indian Ave, Portsmouth ($3.9 million, 3 bedrooms)

#5. North Kingstown

- Population: 26,235
- Median home value: $350,400 (76% own)
- Median rent: $1,027 (24% rent)
- Median household income: $91,796
- Top public schools: Narragansett High School (A), Wickford Middle School (A), Hamilton School (A)
- Top private schools: West Bay Christian Academy (A), South County Montessori School (unavailable), Cadence Academy Preschool - North Kingstown (unavailable)

- Pictured: 50 Skating Pond Ln, North Kingstown ($2.5 million, 4 bedrooms)

#4. Jamestown

- Population: 5,494
- Median home value: $656,800 (83% own)
- Median rent: $1,660 (17% rent)
- Median household income: $111,110
- Top public schools: Lawn School (A-)

- Pictured: 556 E Shore Rd, Jamestown ($6.0 million, 3 bedrooms)

#3. Kingston

- Population: 6,513
- Median home value: $355,900 (78% own)
- Median rent: $1,179 (22% rent)
- Median household income: $96,775
- Top public schools: South Kingstown High School (A-), Peace Dale School (A-), Broad Rock Middle School (A-)
- Top private schools: Child Development Center at University of Rhode Island (A)

- Pictured: 146 Little Rest Rd, South Kingstown ($499,000, 3 bedrooms)

#2. East Greenwich

- Population: 13,081
- Median home value: $437,500 (77% own)
- Median rent: $916 (23% rent)
- Median household income: $114,147
- Top public schools: East Greenwich High School (A+), Frenchtown School (A+), Meadowbrook Farms School (A)
- Top private schools: Our Lady of Mercy Regional School (unavailable), The Stork's Nest Child Academy - East Greenwich (unavailable), The Village Lower School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 45 Pheasant Dr, East Greenwich ($1.5 million, 4 bedrooms)

#1. Barrington

- Population: 16,131
- Median home value: $433,200 (89% own)
- Median rent: $1,318 (11% rent)
- Median household income: $125,431
- Top public schools: Barrington High School (A+), Nayatt School (A+), Barrington Middle School (A)
- Top private schools: St. Andrews School (A+), Barrington Christian Academy (A), St. Luke Elementary School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 136 Adams Point Rd, Barrington ($3.5 million, 5 bedrooms)

Explore by Metro

Trending Now