Municipalities of Central RI

Rhode Island's Central Region is anchored by one of the state's largest municipalities, Warwick, which is also home to the state's only international airport. The region's eastern half is defined by substantial suburban and commercial development. The westernmost area of the region - some of the most rural geography in the state - has very little public infrastructure. The eastern cities of Warwick and West Warwick have public water throughout and considerable public sewer. The town center of East Greenwich also has public infrastructure and dense, mixed-use development patterns and opportunities. The City of Warwick has an ambitious plan - "City Centre Warwick" - which envisions a Transit-Oriented Development Hub connecting transit and mixed-use development.

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.

Region's Housing and Range of Costs & Types

  • Total Households 70,085
  • Projected Need of Additional Housing by 2025 2,529 - 2,864 (80-85% multifamily)
  • Median Single Family Home Price $305,000 - $670,000
    • % Owners 55% - 84%
  • Average 2-Bedroom Rent $1,658 - $1,737
    • % Renters 18% - 46%


  • 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)
  • Rapid Line - 1 (serving Coventry and West Warwick)


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


  • 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 Schools - The Greene School (West Greenwich)
  • Private School - Bishop Hendricken High School (Warwick), Rocky Hill School (PK-12, East Greenwich)


  • Hospital - Kent Hospital
  • Urgent Care Centers - 4
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