Southeast RI


Municipalities of Southeast RI

Containing three of the state’s four islands, the Southeast Region is anchored to the south by the City of Newport and to the north by the suburban municipalities of Barrington, Bristol, and Warren. Given the amount of coastline and its historical attractions, the region is a hub for tourism. However, that same shoreline necessitates coastal resiliency efforts that impact development opportunities. Public infrastructure varies throughout the region, making targeted development a priority to increase housing affordability.

Housing Needs of Southeast RI

The Southeast 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-nine percent of the region’s households, or 43,314 households, cannot afford the region's median home price of $557,500.

Region's Housing and Range of Costs & Types

  • Total Households 54,612
  • Median Single Family Home Price $557,500
    • % Owners 69%
  • Average 2-Bedroom Rent $1,733
    • % Renters 31%


  • Express Lines - 2
  • Local Bus - 5
  • Park-n-Rides - 6 
  • FlexZones - 1 


The Southeast RI Region has a total of 52,997 Total Private and Government Jobs. The Top Sectors are:

  • Government: 10,144
  • Accommodation & Food Services: 8,332
  • Health Care & Social Assistance: 5,795
  • Retail Trade: 5,210
  • Professional & Technical Services: 4,317


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


  • Hospital - Newport
  • Urgent Care Centers - 2
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