Wakefield, RI 02879 ZIP Code Profile


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ZIP Code 02879: Basic Data & USPS Preferred City Name

Preferred Name, USPS
Wakefield, RI 02879

Acceptable Alternative
Narragansett, RI 02879
Peace Dale, RI 02879
S Kingstown, RI 02879
South Kingstown, RI 02879

Not Acceptable, USPS
East Matunuck, RI 02879
Green Hill, RI 02879
Jerusalem, RI 02879
Matunuck, RI 02879

  • ZIP Code Type: STANDARD
  • Businesses Addresses: 743
  • Single Family Addresses: 8,992
  • Multi-Family Addresses: 659
  • County: Washington County
  • Centroid: Latitude 41.42, Longitude -71.531
  • Time Zone: Eastern Time Zone (UTC -5 hours)
  • Observes DST: Yes

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Wakefield, RI 02879 Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 21,147
Population in Households 20,846
Population in Familes 16,317
Population in Group Qrtrs 301
Population Density1 523
Diversity Index2 21


Total Households 8,891
Average Household Size 2.34
Family Households 5,651
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 11,969 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 6,211 (51.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,680 (22.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,078 (25.7%)
Median Home Value $364,305
Average Home Value $405,096


Median Household Income $75,570
Average Household Income $103,528
Per Capita Income $43,777
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.07% 0.0%
Households 0.37% 0.2%
Families 0.38% 0.2%
Median Household Income   2.23%
Per Capita Income   2.01%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Wakefield, RI 02879 - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares 02879 to the other 79 ZIP Codes in Rhode Island by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 22 73rd
Population Density1 # 48 41st
Diversity Index2 # 35 56th
Median Household Income # 31 62nd
Per Capita Income # 16 81st

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