East Greenwich, Rhode Island
|East Greenwich, Rhode Island|
|— Town —|
|• Type||Town Council and Manager|
|• Manager||William Sequino, Jr.|
|• Total||16.71 sq mi (43.3 km2)|
|• Land||16.58 sq mi (42.9 km2)|
|• Water||0.14 sq mi (0.4 km2)|
|Elevation||200 ft (61 m)|
|• Density||792.9/sq mi (306.1/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1220085|
East Greenwich is a town in and the county seat of Kent County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 13,146 at the 2010 census. East Greenwich is the wealthiest municipality within the state of Rhode Island.
Formed in 1677, it was named for Greenwich, England. It was renamed Dedford in 1686 but reverted to its original name in 1689. In 1741 the more rural western three-quarters of the town was set off as West Greenwich, the remaining quarter of it thenceforth being called East Greenwich.
Until 1854, it was one of the five state capitals for Rhode Island. The General Assembly, when meeting in East Greenwich, used the local courthouse, which is today the town hall.
East Greenwich village is located in the northeastern part of the town and extends north about 1.5 km into the town of Warwick, Rhode Island.
East Greenwich has six public schools and two private schools:
- Meadowbrook Farms Elementary (K-3)
- Frenchtown Elementary (K-3)
- George R. Hanaford School (4-5)
- James H. Eldredge School (4-5)
- Archie R. Cole Middle School (6-8)
- East Greenwich High School (9-12)
- Our Lady Of Mercy Regional School (Catholic School) (PreK-8)
- East Greenwich Academy (closed in 1943)
Many restaurants, bars, and clubs sit on the waterfront. East Greenwich Cove also has ample boat parking. There is also a public dock good for fishing and eating, and a dock with a small beach. Across from the coast is Goddard Memorial State Park, which has many beaches including Sandy Point and has easy access from East Greenwich Cove.
Scallop Town Park has recently been completed at the southern end of Greenwich Cove, built atop the old town landfill. However, it is not part of historical Scallop Town, another name for the waterfront in early days. The true Scallop Town goes from the town dock down past the clubs to Fin's Marina. Originally being old small shanties of the local scallop fishermen, it used to be a section of East Greenwich Island that, due to erosion, has joined with the rest of the town. Long ago before the Island became part of the town, it used be East Greenwich marsh right up to what is now Duke Street.
As of the United States Census of 2000, there were 12,948 people, 4,960 households, and 3,541 families residing in the town. The population density was 781.0 people per square mile (301.5/km²). There were 5,226 housing units at an average density of 315.2 per square mile (121.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.64% White, 0.69% African American, 0.06% Native American, 2.50% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.29% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.90% of the population.
There were 4,960 households out of which 36.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.5% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.6% were non-families. 24.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.12.
In the town the population was spread out with 27.5% under the age of 18, 4.6% from 18 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44, 27.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 93.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.5 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $170,063, and the median income for a family was $190,221. Males had a median income of $101,578 versus $90,934 for females. The per capita income for the town was $38,593. About 2.5% of families and 4.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.1% of those under age 18 and 7.0% of those age 66 or over.
East Greenwich and the adjacent Warwick neighborhoods of Cowesett and Potowamut are served by several media outlets: East Greenwich Patch (daily), The East Greenwich Pendulum (weekly), The North East Independent (weekly) and East Greenwich magazine (monthly).
National Historic Places 
- Armory of the Kentish Guards
- Richard Briggs Farm
- East Greenwich Historic District
- Fry's Hamlet Historic District
- Kent County Courthouse
- Massie Wireless Station
- Tillinghast Mill Site
- Tillinghast Road Historic District
- Gen. James Mitchell Varnum House
- Clement Weaver-Daniel Howland House
- Col. Micah Whitmarsh House
- Windmill Cottage
See also 
- People from East Greenwich, Rhode Island
- New England Wireless and Steam Museum
- Hunt River
- List of newspapers in Rhode Island
- Rhode Island locations by per capita income
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "East Greenwich School District".
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- Official website
- Varnum Continentals - Historic Museum & Armory
- East Greenwich Historical Preservation Society