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Newport, Rhode Island - Basic Facts

The City of Newport is the 7th largest city in Rhode Island with a population of 24,260 as of July 1, 2017. 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 41.477 and longitude -71.3186 in Newport County. The formal boundaries for the City of Newport (see map below) 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 (GNIS ID: 1220064) 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.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Newport population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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

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Newport, RI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 24,260
Daytime Population: Workers 27,651
Daytime Population: Residents 10,099
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 37,750
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.56
Population in Households 21,638
Population in Familes 13,640
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,622
Population Density2 3,162
Diversity Index3 50


Median Household Income $64,631
Average Household Income $85,890
Per Capita Income $38,921


Total Housing Units 13,339 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,414 (33.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 6,219 (46.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,706 (20.3%)
Median Home Value $415,198
Average Home Value $506,565


Total Households 10,633
Average Household Size 2.03
Family Households 4,870
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.23% 0.03%
Households 0.02% 0.13%
Families -0.18% 0.0%
Median Household Income   3.92%
Per Capita Income   3.13%

Newport, RI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Newport to the other 34 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Rhode Island by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 82nd
Population Density # 8 79th
Diversity Index # 7 82nd
Median Household Income # 20 44th
Per Capita Income # 12 68th

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