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The City of Newport is the 7th largest city in Rhode Island with a population of 24,280 as of July 1, 2021. Newport ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Rhode Island. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Newport is located at latitude 41.4901 and longitude -71.3128 in Newport County. The formal boundaries for the City of Newport encompass a land area of 7.67 sq. miles and a water area of 3.72 sq. miles. Newport County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 26 feet.

The City of Newport has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Newport: Carolina Hospital, New Port, Niew-Port.

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Newport, RI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 24,280 (100%)
Population in Households 21,254 (87.5%)
Population in Families 13,495 (55.6%)
Population in Group Quarters1 3,026 (12.5%)
Population Density 3,168
Diversity Index2 51


Median Household Income $72,189
Average Household Income $96,502
% of Income for Mortgage4 26%
Per Capita Income $44,293
Wealth Index5 92


Total HU (Housing Units) 13,223 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,977 (37.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,474 (41.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,772 (21.0%)
Median Home Value $451,926
Average Home Value $589,637
Housing Affordability Index3 88


Total Households 10,451
Average Household Size 2.03
Family Households 4,752
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population -0.12% 0.01%
Households -0.12% 0.09%
Families -0.31% -0.04%
Median Household Income   2.4%
Per Capita Income   2.12%
Owner Occupied HU   0.65%

Newport, RI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Newport to the other 36 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Rhode Island by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 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 # 7 83rd
Population Density # 8 81st
Median Household Income # 22 42nd
Housing Affordability Index # 8 22nd
Per Capita Income # 9 78th
Diversity Index # 7 83rd

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