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Swamp Meadow covered bridge

Foster at a Glance:

Foster is a town in Providence County, Rhode Island. The town was originally settled in the 1600s by British colonists as a farming community. Foster was incorporated with Scituate, Rhode Island in 1730, forming the western section of that township, and remained part of Scituate until 1781, when it was split off as a distinct and separate township. Foster has a total area of 51.9 square miles, of which 0.7 square miles is water. Foster contains Rhode Island's highest point, Jerimoth Hill, with an elevation of 812 ft. Foster's governmental structure is composed of a five-member Town Council.

Housing Facts: 2013

Typical monthly housing payment* for a $206,500 house $1,638
Household income required to afford a $206,500 house $65,525
Average monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment $1,204
Household income required for that rent to be affordable $48,160
Average private-sector wage for jobs in Foster $30,992
Foreclosures in Foster  
Actual number of foreclosures 8
Total number of mortgaged housing units 1,107
Foreclosures as a percentage of mortgaged stock 0.72%
Housing Units in Foster  
Number of year-round housing units 1,760
Housing units that quality as affordable 41
Affordable housing units reserved for the elderly 30
Affordable housing units reserved for families 0
Affordable housing units reserved for persons with special needs 11
Homes funded through Building Homes Rhode Island 0
How much housing is needed?  
Additional housing units necessary to meet the 10% threshold established by the State's Low and Moderate Income Housing Act of 2004 135