Historical U.S. Census Totals for Newport County, Rhode Island

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This article shows U.S. Census totals for Newport County, Rhode Island, broken down by municipality, from 1900 to 2000.

Like most areas of New England, Newport County is (and has been at all times since well before the 20th century) entirely divided into incorporated municipalities. There is no unincorporated territory. For any census, adding up the totals for each municipality should yield the county total.

There are two types of municipalities in Rhode Island, towns and cities. The tables below differentiate between towns and cities.

For more information on the New England municipal system, see New England town.

Corporate changes since 1900[edit]

  • 1963 - New Shoreham left Newport County and switched to Washington County

1900[edit]

County Total : 32,599

  • Newport (city) 22,441
  • Tiverton 2,977
  • Portsmouth 2,105
  • Middletown 1,457
  • New Shoreham 1,396
  • Little Compton 1,132
  • Jamestown 1,091

1910[edit]

County Total: 39,335

  • Newport (city) 27,149
  • Tiverton 4,032
  • Portsmouth 2,681
  • Middletown 1,708
  • New Shoreham 1,314
  • Little Compton 1,276
  • Jamestown 1,175

1920[edit]

County Total: 42,893

  • Newport (city) 30,255
  • Tiverton 3,894
  • Portsmouth 2,590
  • Middletown 2,094
  • Jamestown 1,633
  • Little Compton 1,389
  • New Shoreham 1,038

1930[edit]

County Total: 41,668

  • Newport (city) 27,612
  • Tiverton 4,578
  • Portsmouth 2,969
  • Middletown 2,499
  • Jamestown 1,599
  • Little Compton 1,382
  • New Shoreham 1,029

1940[edit]

County Total: 46,696

  • Newport (city) 30,532
  • Tiverton 5,018
  • Portsmouth 3,683
  • Middletown 3,379
  • Jamestown 1,744
  • Little Compton 1,492
  • New Shoreham 848

1950[edit]

County Total: 61,539

  • Newport (city) 37,564
  • Middletown 7,382
  • Portsmouth 6,578
  • Tiverton 5,659
  • Jamestown 2,068
  • Little Compton 1,556
  • New Shoreham 732

1960[edit]

County Total: 81,891

  • Newport (city) 47,049
  • Middletown 12,675
  • Tiverton 9,461
  • Portsmouth 8,251
  • Jamestown 2,267
  • Little Compton 1,702
  • New Shoreham 486

1970[edit]

County Total: 94,228

  • Newport (city) 34,562
  • Middletown 29,290
  • Tiverton 12,559
  • Portsmouth 12,521
  • Jamestown 2,911
  • Little Compton 2,385

1980[edit]

County Total: 81,383

  • Newport (city) 29,259
  • Middletown 17,216
  • Portsmouth 14,257
  • Tiverton 13,526
  • Jamestown 4,040
  • Little Compton 3,085

1990[edit]

County Total: 87,194

  • Newport (city) 28,227
  • Middletown 19,460
  • Portsmouth 16,857
  • Tiverton 14,312
  • Jamestown 4,999
  • Little Compton 3,339

2000[edit]

County Total: 85,433

  • Newport (city) 26,475
  • Middletown 17,334
  • Portsmouth 17,149
  • Tiverton 15,260
  • Jamestown 5,622
  • Little Compton 3,593

Notes[edit]

1900 Census

The Census Bureau appears to have made revisions to 1900 census totals subsequent to their initial release for two municipalities in Newport County, although no explicit statement to this effect has been found in any census report. The 1900 Census reports show the total for the city of Newport as 22,034; and for the town of Jamestown, 1,498. However, subsequent census materials invariably use the totals shown in the list above. This revision was apparently made to correct an assignment error between these municipalities; the collective population of the two is the same using either set of figures, so the county total was not affected.

1970 Census

The Census Bureau made a number of revisions to 1970 census totals subsequent to their initial release. The 1970 total for Newport County was originally reported as 94,559; and for the town of Middletown, 29,621. The totals were later revised to those shown in the list above.

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