New Shoreham, Rhode Island
The public library in New Shoreham
Location of New Shoreham in Washington County, Rhode Island
|• Town Council||Allan MacKay (I)
Christopher G. Warfel (I)
Mark A. Emmanuelle (I)
|• Town Moderator||Margaret M. O'Neill (D)|
|• Total||109.5 sq mi (283.6 km2)|
|• Land||9.7 sq mi (25.2 km2)|
|• Water||99.8 sq mi (258.4 km2)|
|Elevation||13 ft (4 m)|
|• Density||103.8/sq mi (40.1/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|ZIP code||02807 (Block Island)|
|GNIS feature ID||1220043|
New Shoreham is a town in Washington County, Rhode Island, United States. The town is coextensive with Block Island. The population was 1,041 at the 2010 census, making it the least-populous municipality in the state. New Shoreham was named for Shoreham, Kent, in England. New Shoreham was also the source of inspiration for privacy activist Robert Ellis Smith's alias Lee Shoreham.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 109.5 square miles (284 km2), of which, 9.7 square miles (25 km2) of it is land and 99.8 square miles (258 km2) of it (91.11%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,010 people, 472 households, and 250 families residing in the town. The population density was 103.8 people per square mile (40.1/km²). There were 1,606 housing units at an average density of 165.0 per square mile (63.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.82% White, 0.59% African American, 0.79% Asian, 0.30% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.19% of the population.
There were 472 households out of which 21.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.4% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 47.0% were non-families. 35.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.13 and the average family size was 2.82.
In the town the population was spread out with 18.3% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 31.1% from 25 to 44, 28.6% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 95.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.5 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $44,779, and the median income for a family was $59,844. Males had a median income of $39,432 versus $28,125 for females. The per capita income for the town was $29,188. About 8.0% of families and 7.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.2% of those under age 18 and 9.7% of those age 65 or over.
Gregor Smith incident
Gregor Evans Smith, 21, died of a drug overdose on April 18 2013, in his father's home on Old Town Road. This incident prompted his parents to address drug and alcohol abuse among New Shoreham young adults. His father remains critical of New Shoreham Police Department's ineffectual investigations.
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- "History of Harbor Church". harborchurchblockisland.org. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
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