Newport County, Rhode Island

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Newport County, Rhode Island
County of Rhode Island
County of Newport
Old Rhode Island State House edit1.jpg
Map of Rhode Island highlighting Newport County
Location in the U.S. state of Rhode Island
Map of the United States highlighting Rhode Island
Rhode Island's location in the U.S.
FoundedJune 22, 1703
Largest cityNewport
Area
 • Total314 sq mi (813 km2)
 • Land102 sq mi (264 km2)
 • Water211 sq mi (546 km2), 67%
Population (est.)
 • (2015)82,423
 • Density810/sq mi (310/km2)
Congressional district1st
Time zoneEastern: UTC−5/−4

Newport County is one of five counties located in the U.S. state of Rhode Island. As of the 2010 census, the population was 82,888.[1] It is also one of the seven regions of Rhode Island. The county was created in 1703.[2] Like all of the counties in Rhode Island, Newport County no longer has any governmental functions (other than as court administrative and sheriff corrections boundaries). All of those functions in Rhode Island are now carried out either by the state government, or by the cities and towns of Rhode Island. Newport County is included in the Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is in turn constitutes a portion of the greater Boston-Worcester-Providence, MA-RI-NH-CT Combined Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Newport County was constituted on June 22, 1703, as one of the two original counties of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. As originally established, Newport County consisted of four towns: Portsmouth, Newport, Jamestown, and New Shoreham. In 1746-47, two towns, Little Compton and Tiverton, were acquired from Massachusetts. In 1856, the town of Fall River was split off from Tiverton but was ceded to Massachusetts six years later in 1862 as part of the settlement of the boundary dispute between Rhode Island and Massachusetts. In 1963, the town of New Shoreham was transferred to Washington County. County government was abolished in Rhode Island in 1842 and today remains only for the purpose of delineating judicial administrative boundaries.

Geography[edit]

Summit of Pocasset Hill, highest point in the county

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 314 square miles (810 km2), of which 102 square miles (260 km2) is land and 211 square miles (550 km2) (67%) is water.[3]

The county consists of Aquidneck Island, Conanicut Island, Prudence Island, and the easternmost portion of the state on the mainland. The highest point in the county is Pocasset Hill, 320 feet (98 m) above sea level, located in Tiverton. The lowest elevation is at sea level.

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected areas[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
179014,351
180014,8453.4%
181016,2949.8%
182015,771−3.2%
183016,5354.8%
184016,8742.1%
185020,00718.6%
186021,8969.4%
187020,050−8.4%
188024,18020.6%
189028,55218.1%
190032,59914.2%
191039,33520.7%
192042,8939.0%
193041,668−2.9%
194046,69612.1%
195061,53931.8%
196081,89133.1%
197094,55915.5%
198081,383−13.9%
199087,1947.1%
200085,433−2.0%
201082,888−3.0%
Est. 201682,784[4]−0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2015[1]

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 85,433 people, 35,228 households, and 22,228 families residing in the county. The population density was 821 people per square mile (317/km²). There were 39,561 housing units at an average density of 380 per square mile (147/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 91.46% White, 3.73% Black or African American, 0.43% Native American, 1.23% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 1.09% from other races, and 1.99% from two or more races. 2.82% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 19.6% were of Irish, 13.2% Portuguese, 11.8% English, 9.2% Italian, 6.3% German and 5.2% French ancestry. 92.0% spoke English, 2.3% Spanish, 2.1% Portuguese and 1.3% French as their first language.

There were 35,228 households out of which 28.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.90% were married couples living together, 10.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.90% were non-families. 29.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.50% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 29.90% from 25 to 44, 24.80% from 45 to 64, and 14.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $50,448, and the median income for a family was $60,610. Males had a median income of $41,630 versus $29,241 for females. The per capita income for the county was $26,779. About 5.40% of families and 7.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.00% of those under age 18 and 6.70% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 82,888 people, 34,911 households, and 21,076 families residing in the county.[10] The population density was 809.6 inhabitants per square mile (312.6/km2). There were 41,796 housing units at an average density of 408.2 per square mile (157.6/km2).[11] The racial makeup of the county was 90.2% white, 3.5% black or African American, 1.6% Asian, 0.4% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 1.4% from other races, and 3.0% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 4.2% of the population.[10] The largest ancestry groups were:

  • Republic of Ireland 25.5% Irish
  • England 17.4% English
  • Portugal 16.5% Portuguese
  • Italy 10.9% Italian
  • Germany 10.5% German
  • France 9.4% French
  • Poland 5.0% Polish
  • Canada 3.9% French Canadian
  • Scotland 3.3% Scottish
  • United States 3.0% American
  • Northern Ireland 2.1% Scotch-Irish
  • Sweden 1.8% Swedish
  • Puerto Rico 1.6% Puerto Rican
  • Russia 1.4% Russian
  • Netherlands 1.1% Dutch
  • Greece 1.0% Greek
  • 1.0% Sub-Saharan African

[12]

Of the 34,911 households, 26.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.8% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 39.6% were non-families, and 32.2% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.89. The median age was 43.2 years.[10]

The median income for a household in the county was $67,239 and the median income for a family was $82,477. Males had a median income of $58,191 versus $43,623 for females. The per capita income for the county was $36,994. About 4.5% of families and 7.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.4% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.[13]

Communities[edit]

Map of Newport County, Rhode Island showing cities, towns, and CDPs

City[edit]

Towns[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Villages[edit]

Villages have no separate corporate existence from the towns they are in.

Politics[edit]

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[14]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 36.7% 15,077 55.7% 22,851 7.6% 3,117
2012 38.5% 15,202 59.5% 23,463 2.0% 787
2008 37.4% 15,717 60.7% 25,479 1.9% 801
2004 41.1% 16,622 56.9% 22,992 2.0% 812
2000 37.7% 14,258 54.9% 20,790 7.4% 2,790
1996 32.8% 11,500 54.0% 18,951 13.2% 4,645
1992 31.2% 12,386 44.4% 17,584 24.4% 9,674
1988 48.8% 16,923 50.8% 17,597 0.4% 144
1984 57.4% 19,629 42.3% 14,466 0.3% 114
1980 42.4% 14,555 40.5% 13,904 17.2% 5,897
1976 45.8% 15,155 53.7% 17,768 0.6% 184
1972 59.8% 19,142 40.1% 12,844 0.2% 49
1968 37.7% 10,504 58.4% 16,251 3.9% 1,075
1964 26.4% 7,078 73.7% 19,782
1960 43.2% 11,942 56.8% 15,677
1956 63.0% 16,063 37.0% 9,433 0.0% 2
1952 57.6% 15,136 42.3% 11,116 0.0% 10
1948 53.4% 10,756 45.9% 9,254 0.7% 136
1944 45.3% 9,435 54.6% 11,375 0.1% 21
1940 48.1% 9,882 51.8% 10,645 0.1% 14
1936 48.3% 9,358 49.1% 9,499 2.6% 504
1932 51.9% 8,633 47.1% 7,838 1.0% 165
1928 55.9% 8,578 43.9% 6,748 0.2% 33
1924 67.2% 9,608 27.8% 3,975 4.9% 706
1920 76.7% 9,319 18.3% 2,228 4.9% 599
1916 56.8% 4,003 41.6% 2,932 1.5% 108
1912 39.9% 2,583 38.4% 2,487 21.6% 1,400
1908 62.3% 3,639 33.4% 1,949 4.3% 251
1904 61.1% 3,683 37.5% 2,263 1.4% 87
1900 63.4% 3,283 34.3% 1,776 2.3% 121
1896 71.6% 3,415 22.9% 1,092 5.6% 266
1892 53.5% 2,746 44.0% 2,258 2.5% 127
1888 58.8% 2,447 39.3% 1,634 1.9% 79
1884 59.7% 2,040 35.3% 1,205 5.0% 171
1880 67.7% 2,064 32.1% 979 0.2% 6

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 15, 2011. Retrieved November 22, 2013.
  2. ^ "Rhode Island: Individual County Chronologies". Rhode Island Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2009. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
  3. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  4. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  7. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  10. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-12.
  11. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-12.
  12. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-12.
  13. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-01-12.
  14. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 7 April 2018.

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Coordinates: 41°31′N 71°16′W / 41.51°N 71.26°W / 41.51; -71.26