South Kingstown, Rhode Island

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South Kingstown, Rhode Island
Location of South Kingstown in Washington County, Rhode Island
Location of South Kingstown in Washington County, Rhode Island
Coordinates: 41°26′51″N 71°31′38″W / 41.44750°N 71.52722°W / 41.44750; -71.52722Coordinates: 41°26′51″N 71°31′38″W / 41.44750°N 71.52722°W / 41.44750; -71.52722
Country United States
State Rhode Island
County Washington
Incorporated 1723[1]
 • Total 79.8 sq mi (206.6 km2)
 • Land 57.1 sq mi (147.9 km2)
 • Water 22.7 sq mi (58.7 km2)
Elevation 98 ft (30 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 30,639 inhabitants
 • Density 536.6/sq mi (207.2/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 02879 (Wakefield), 02881 (Kingston), 02883 (Peace Dale), 02892 (West Kingston)
Area code(s) 401
FIPS code 44-67460[2]
GNIS feature ID 1220090[3]

South Kingstown is a town in Washington County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 30,639 at the 2010 census. South Kingstown is the largest town in Washington County and is the largest town (land and water area) in the state of Rhode Island.

South Kingstown includes the villages of Kingston, West Kingston, Wakefield, Peace Dale, Snug Harbor, Tuckertown, East Matunuck, Matunuck, Green Hill, and Perryville. Peace Dale and Wakefield are treated as a census-designated place called Wakefield-Peacedale. Ocean Ridge, Indian Lake, Curtis Corner, and Torrey Hill are among the other small areas that are regarded as unique localities, although official distinctions are less clear. Middlebridge, located on the west side of Narrow River, is a densely populated neighborhood in the town. The geographic center of Washington County, Rhode Island is located in South Kingstown, only a few feet away from the Pawcatuck River and the town's border with Richmond, Rhode Island.


The town of South Kingstown was formed in 1722 when the former Kings Towne was split into two parts, the other being North Kingstown. South Kingstown was incorporated in 1723,[4] and was named for Charles II of England.[5] In 1888 a narrow strip of land running along the eastern bank of the Pettaquamscutt River to the shore of Narragansett Bay was separated from South Kingstown to form the town of Narragansett

Arts and culture[edit]

Museums and other points of interest[edit]

South Kingstown is the location of the deadly Great Swamp Fight that occurred during King Phillip's War in 1675. The battle site is commemorated by a rough granite shaft about twenty feet high. Around the mound on which the shaft stands are four granite markers engraved with the names of the colonies which took part in the battle.[6]

Town Government[edit]

South Kingstown was previously governed by town meetings, like many other New England towns, until recently when it switched to a council-manager government in an attempt to keep order to the government of a town with about 30,000 residents.

Parks and recreation[edit]

South Kingstown has over ten miles of undisturbed beaches.[7]

Police Department[edit]

The Chief of Police is Chief Vincent Vespia, Jr.


Public schools[edit]

South Kingstown is served by the South Kingstown School District. The district includes nine schools that serve students in grades prekindergarten to twelfth. Students attend South Kingstown High School.[8][9]

Colleges and universities[edit]

The University of Rhode Island is located in the village of Kingston.[10]

Adjacent Towns[edit]

South Kingstown is bordered to the south by the Atlantic Ocean.

Notable people[edit]


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  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "South Kingstown Rhode Island". Retrieved October 22, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Profit le for South Kingstown, Rhode Island, RI". ePodunk. Retrieved October 22, 2012. 
  6. ^ "HISTORIC GREAT SWAMP OPENED AT LAST". The Regional Review. Retrieved October 22, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Town of South Kingstown Rhode Island". Town of South Kingstown Rhode Island. Retrieved October 22, 2012. 
  8. ^ "South Kingstown School District". South Kingstown School District. Retrieved October 22, 2012. 
  9. ^ "South Kingstown School District". Retrieved October 22, 2012. 
  10. ^ "The University of Rhode Island". The University of Rhode Island. Retrieved October 22, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Jhumpa Lahiri". Emory University. Retrieved October 22, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Niles, Nathaniel (1741-1828)". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved October 22, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Oliver Hazard Perry". Find A Grave. Retrieved October 22, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Erika Van Pelt". American Idol. Retrieved October 22, 2012. 
  15. ^ "TIERNAN, Robert Owens, (1929 - )". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Woodmansee Talk Stirs Up Lost Memories". Time. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 

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