Municipalities of Northwest RI

Bordering both Massachusetts to the north and Connecticut to the west, the Northwest Region includes some of the state’s most rural communities, as well as one of its most urban.

The region is also the location of the Scituate Reservoir which provides water to approximately 60 percent of the state’s population. Numerous villages dot the landscape with rich histories dating back to the 1730s and America’s Industrial Revolution. Today, the region is host to some of the state’s largest financial and insurance companies, and will soon have an active train line again from Woonsocket to Worcester.


Housing Needs of Northwest RI

The Northwest Region is comprised of nearly two-thirds owner-occupied and approximately one-third renter households; multifamily rental housing is a demonstrated need, according to the 2016 Projecting Future Housing Needs Report. 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-nine percent of the region’s households, or 24,070, 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 56,268
  • Projected Need of Additional Housing by 2025  1,488 - 1,683 (100% multifamily)
  • Median Single Family Home Price $290,000 - $425,000
    • % Owners 37% - 91%
  • Average 2-Bedroom Rent $929 - $1,901
    • % Renters 9% - 63%

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  • Express Lines - 4
  • Local Bus - 5
  • Key Corridor - 4
  • Park-n-Rides - 3 (serving Burrillville, Glocester, Johnston, North Smithfield, Scituate, Smithfield, Woonsocket)
  • FlexZone - 2 (serving Burrillville, North Smithfield, Woonsocket)

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The Northwest RI Region has a total of 54,761 Total Private & Government Jobs, with a private sector wage range of $30,062 - $77,832. Its Top Industry Jobs are:

  • Healthcare - 5,840
  • Finance & Insurance - 5,027
  • Retail Trade - 1,938
  • Administrative & Waste Services - 1,776
  • Construction - 1,765

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  • College - Bryant University (Smithfield)
  • Public High Schools - Burrillville, Johnston, Lincoln, North Smithfield, Ponaganset, Scituate, Smithfield, Woonsocket
  • Public Charter High Schools - Beacon Charter High School for the Arts (Woonsocket)
  • Private School - Masters Regional Academy (Grades 7-12)

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  • Hospitals - Eleanor Slater Hospital (Behavioral); Landmark Medical Center (Woonsocket)
  • Urgent Care Centers - 5

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