Municipalities of Central RI

From its bayside municipalities of Warwick and East Greenwich to its western communities of Coventry and West Greenwich that border Connecticut, the Central Region is a key connector for the state.

In addition to numerous beaches and Goddard State Park, the eastern side features the state’s only international airport that also serves as a multi-modal hub as well as major roadways that comprise a substantial commercial shopping corridor. Former mill villages throughout West Warwick and eastern Coventry are reminiscent of the state’s early textile industry and now provide housing in their renovated mills. Representative of the region’s forested western portion is the University of Rhode Island’s Alton Jones Campus with its 2,300 acres of forests, lakes and farmlands, beyond which sits some of the state’s large patches of unfragmented forest.

 

 

Housing Needs of Central RI

The Central Region is dominated by single-family homes—with only about 30 percent of its stock as multifamily housing.  The projected housing need, according to the 2016 report, is for significantly more multifamily stock than single family homes. Forty-nine percent of the renters in the region are considered cost burdened, or pay more than 30 percent of their income toward housing costs. Thirty-four percent of the region’s households, or 25,340, fall below 80 percent of area median income. Similar to most of the other regions, the significant majority of household growth is projected to be households aged 65 and older.

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Region's Housing and Range of Costs & Types

  • Total Households - 68,616
  • Projected Need of Additional Housing by 2025  - 2,529 - 2,864 (80-85% multifamily)
  • Median Single Family Home Price - $185,500 - $419,000
    • % Owners - 53% - 79%
  • Average 2-Bedroom Rent - $1,289 - $1,538
    • % Renters - 21% - 74%

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Transportation

  • Airport - 1 (T.F. Green Airport)
  • Train Line - 1 (MBTA at T.F. Green Airport)
  • Express Lines - 5
  • Local Bus - 6
  • Key Corridor - 2
  • Park-n-Rides - 3 (serving Warwick, West Greenwich and West Warwick)
  • FlexZone - 1 (serving Coventry and West Warwick)

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Economy

The Southeast RI Region has a total of 74,199 Total Private & Government Jobs, with a private sector wage range of $36,665 - $78,000. Its Top Industry Jobs are:

  • Healthcare - 8,455
  • Retail Trade - 7,627
  • Leisure & Hospitality - 6,585
  • Finance & Insurance - 3,326
  • Education - 2,750

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Education

  • Colleges - CCRI-Knight Campus, New England Institute of Technology
  • Public High Schools - Exeter-West Greenwich, Pilgrim, Toll Gate, Warwick Area Career & Technical Center, West Warwick
  • Public Charter High School - The Greene School (West Greenwich)
  • Private Schools - Bishop Hendricken High School (Warwick), Rocky Hill School (PK-12, East Greenwich)

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Health

  • Hospital - Kent Hospital
  • Urgent Care Centers - 4

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