Municipalities of Southeast RI

The Southeast Region includes three of Rhode Island's four islands, including Aquidneck, Conanicut, and Prudence, which is largely uninhabited. Conanicut Island hosts the municipality of Jamestown, while Aquidneck includes Portsmouth, Middletown, and Newport.

Although the northern and eastern municipalities border Massachusetts to the east, they all have substantial shorelines like their island neighbors. With towns founded in 1638-39, the region features some of Rhode Island’s earliest history, including Roger Williams’s encounters with the Narragansett and Wampanaog Tribes, which eventually helped lead to the establishment of the colony and later the state.

 

 

Housing Needs of Southeast RI

The Southeast Region is comprised of nearly two-thirds owner-occupied and approximately one-third renter households; however, the dominant future need as projected is for multifamily stock. 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. Twenty-six percent of the region’s households, or 16,440, 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 - 54,138
  • Projected Need of Additional Housing by 2025  - 1,235 - 1,560 (100% multifamily)
  • Median Single Family Home Price - $245,000 - $560,000
    • % Owners - 41% - 88%
  • Average 2-Bedroom Rent - $1,281 - $1,714
    • % Renters - 12% - 59%

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Transportation

  • Express Lines - 3
  • Local Bus - 4
  • Key Corridor - 4
  • Park-n-Rides - 1 (serving Barrington, Bristol, Portsmouth, Tiverton, Warren)
  • FlexZone - 1 (serving Middletown and Newport)

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Economy

The Southeast RI Region has a total of 52,713 Total Private & Government Jobs, with a private sector wage range of $36,974 - $56,900. Its Top Industry Jobs are:

  • Leisure & Hospitality - 5,212
  • Education - 1,882
  • Finance & Insurance - 586
  • Construction - 428

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Education

  • Colleges - CCRI-Newport County, Naval War College, Roger Williams University, Salve Regina University
  • Public High Schools - Barrington, Middletown, Mount Hope, Portsmouth, Rogers, Tiverton
  • Private Schools - Barrington Christian Academy (K-12), Portsmouth Abbey School, St. Andrew's School (Gr. 6-12), St. George's School

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Health

  • Hospital - Newport
  • Urgent Care Centers - 2

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