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Watch Hill, Rhode Island - Basic Facts

The Watch Hill Census Designated Place had a population of 149 as of July 1, 2017. Watch Hill ranks in the lower 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 Watch Hill is located at latitude 41.3206 and longitude -71.8431 in Washington County. The formal boundaries for the Watch Hill Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.8 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. Washington County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 36 feet.

The Watch Hill Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2631341) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The Watch Hill Census Designated Place is located within Town of Westerly, a minor civil division (MCD) of Washington County.

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

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


Total Population 149
Daytime Population: Workers 410
Daytime Population: Residents 107
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 517
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 3.47
Population in Households 131
Population in Familes 106
Population in Group Qrtrs 18
Population Density2 186
Diversity Index3 4


Median Household Income $113,990
Average Household Income $171,434
Per Capita Income $76,249


Total Housing Units 317 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 61 (19.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 13 ( 4.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 243 (76.7%)
Median Home Value $1,000,001
Average Home Value $907,083


Total Households 74
Average Household Size 1.77
Family Households 49
Average Family Size 2
  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 -0.45% -0.41%
Households -0.37% -0.55%
Families 0.28% -0.41%
Median Household Income   0.72%
Per Capita Income   1.58%

Watch Hill, RI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Watch Hill 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 # 34 3rd
Population Density # 32 9th
Diversity Index # 34 3rd
Median Household Income # 1 100th
Per Capita Income # 1 100th

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