Municipalities of North RI

The North Region comprises the full continuum of community types common in Rhode Island–from the historic city of Woonsocket and the significant suburban neighborhoods throughout Cumberland, Lincoln, and Smithfield to the largely rural municipalities of Foster, Glocester, and Scituate. Mirroring the different community types, the availability of public infrastructure varies widely in the North Region, creating a patchwork of existing residential development intensities and zoning strategies.

Housing Needs of North RI

The North RI Region is comprised of 69% owner-occupied and 31% renter households. Forty-five percent of the renters in the region are considered cost burdened, or pay more than 30 percent of their income toward housing costs. Seventy-one percent of the region’s households, or 44,601 households, cannot afford the region's median home price of $370,000.

Region's Housing and Range of Costs & Types

  • Total Households 66,912
  • Median Single Family Home Price $370,000
    • % Owners 69%
  • Average 2-Bedroom Rent $1,747
    • % Renters 31%


  • Express Lines - 3
  • Local Bus - 8
  • Park-n-Rides - 7
  • FlexZones - 2 (serving Burrillville, North Smithfield, Woonsocket)


The Northwest RI Region has a total of 64,185 Total Private and Government Jobs. The Top Sectors are:

  • Health Care & Social Assistance: 7,899
  • Government: 7,723
  • Accomodation & Food Services: 5,077
  • Retail Trade: 5,891
  • Manufacturing: 3,859


  • College - Bryant University (Smithfield)
  • Public High Schools - Burrillville, North Smithfield, Ponaganset, Scituate, Smithfield, Woonsocket
  • Public Charter High Schools - Beacon Charter High School for the Arts (Woonsocket)
  • Private School - Mount Saint Charles Academy


  • Hospitals - Eleanor Slater Hospital (Behavioral); Landmark Medical Center (Woonsocket)
  • Urgent Care Centers - 7
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