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Newport Heights Phase IV
Newport Heights Phase IV
Newport Heights Phase IV

Newport at a Glance:

Newport, the largest city on Aquidneck Island, is located in Newport County, Rhode Island. As of the 2000 census, there were 26,899 people, 11,566 households, and 5,644 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,336.3 people per square mile. There were 13,226 housing units at an average density of 1,666.7/sq mi. Newport has one of the highest concentrations of colonial homes in the nation. Many of these homes were restored in the late 20th century through grants made by Newport resident Doris Duke, as well as other local efforts, such as Operation Clapboard. As a result, Newport's colonial heritage is well-preserved and documented at the Newport Historical Society. In addition to the colonial architecture, the city is known for its Gilded Age mansions, which have also received extensive restoration from both private owners and non-profits such as the Preservation Society of Newport County.(source) Newport was founded as a town in 1639, and was incorporated as a city in 1784. The town remained the capital until Rhode Island became the 13th state of the Union in 1790, at which time the capital was moved to Providence. It has a total area of 11.5 square miles, of which 3.5 square miles is water. The City of Newport operates under a home rule charter. The Charter provides for a Council/City Manager form of government. The Council is comprised of seven members; one representative is elected from the City's three voting wards and four are elected at-large, all for two year terms. The Mayor is elected by the Council from among the four at-large councilors.

Housing Facts: 2012

Typical monthly housing payment* for a $365,000 house $2,460
Household income required to afford a $365,000 house $98,414
Average monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment $1,371
Household income required for that rent to be affordable $54,840
Average private-sector wage for jobs in Newport $35,672
Foreclosures in Newport  
Actual number of foreclosures 16
Total number of mortgaged housing units 3,522
Foreclosures as a percentage of mortgaged stock 0.50%
Housing Units in Newport  
Number of year-round housing units 11,655
Housing units that quality as affordable 1,992
Affordable housing units reserved for the elderly 452
Affordable housing units reserved for families 1,340
Affordable housing units reserved for persons with special needs 200
Homes funded through Building Homes Rhode Island 59
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 0