Municipalities of South RI

In square miles, the South Region is the largest in the state and contains nearly a third of the state’s land mass. Except for its coastal areas, the region is largely rural to the west and lacks considerable public infrastructure outside of its small historic villages and town centers to the east. A majority of the region’s population lives in the eastern municipalities, which is also home to the region’s economic centers of Quonset and the University of Rhode Island.

Housing Needs of South RI

The South RI Region is comprised of 91% owner-occupied and 9% renter households. 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. Seventy-five percent of the region’s households, or 37,956 households, cannot afford the region's median home price of $505,000.

Region's Housing and Range of Costs & Types

  • Total Households 50,838
  • Median Single Family Home Price $505,000
    • % Owners 91%
  • Average 2-Bedroom Rent $1,466
    • % Renters 9%


  • Train Lines - 2 (MBTA, Wickford; Amtrak, West Kingston)
  • Express Lines - 3
  • Local Bus - 4
  • Park-n-Rides - 8 
  • FlexZones - 2 


The South RI Region has a total of 52,605 Total Private and Government Jobs. The Top Sectors are:

  • Manufacturing: 9,080
  • Government: 8,196
  • Health Care & Social Assistance: 7,013
  • Retail Trade: 6,592
  • Accommodation & Food Services: 6,123


  • Colleges - CCRI-Satellite Campus, University of Rhode Island
  • Public High Schools - Block Island, Chariho, Narragansett, North Kingstown, South Kingstown, Westerly
  • Private School - Ocean Tides School (Gr. 7-12), Prout School


  • Hospitals - South County, Westerly
  • Urgent Care Centers - 2
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