Portsmouth, Rhode Island

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Population in 2010: 17,389.
Population change since 2000: +1.4%
 
Males: 8,535  (49.1%)
Females: 8,854  (50.9%)
Median resident age:

44.8 years
Rhode Island median age:

42.3 years

Zip codes: 02871.

Estimated median household income in 2019: $95,227 (it was $58,835 in 2000)
Portsmouth:

$95,227
RI:

$71,169

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $54,399 (it was $28,161 in 2000)

Portsmouth town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $388,386 (it was $163,700 in 2000)
Portsmouth:

$388,386
RI:

$283,000

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $536,770; detached houses: $567,022; townhouses or other attached units: $534,938; in 2-unit structures: $426,310; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $299,826; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $322,663; mobile homes: $90,419
March 2019 cost of living index in Portsmouth: 120.8 (high, U.S. average is 100)
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  • Races in Portsmouth, RI (2010)
    • 16,17893.0%White alone
    • 3722.1%Hispanic
    • 2701.6%Asian alone
    • 2831.6%Two or more races
    • 2191.3%Black alone
    • 290.2%American Indian alone
    • 310.2%Other race alone
    • 70.04%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone

Races in Portsmouth detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of Rhode Island and other state lists, there were 6 registered sex offenders living in Portsmouth, Rhode Island as of October 27, 2021.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Portsmouth is 2,898 to 1.
The ratio of registered sex offenders to all residents in this city is much lower than the state average.


Crime rates in Portsmouth by year

Type

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(5.8)
0
(0.0)
1
(5.8)
1
(5.8)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
5
(29.4)
3
(17.8)
5
(29.6)
5
(29.6)
2
(11.9)
2
(11.5)
0
(0.0)
1
(5.8)
5
(28.7)
5
(28.8)
3
(17.3)
4
(23.0)
3
(17.2)
4
(23.1)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
1
(5.9)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
3
(17.7)
1
(5.9)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(5.7)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
7
(41.2)
10
(59.3)
11
(65.2)
6
(35.5)
9
(53.4)
9
(51.8)
5
(28.9)
7
(40.5)
7
(40.1)
2
(11.5)
14
(80.6)
7
(40.3)
4
(22.9)
7
(40.4)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
58
(341.3)
32
(189.9)
55
(325.8)
42
(248.3)
105
(623.3)
54
(310.9)
53
(305.8)
49
(283.2)
35
(200.6)
37
(212.9)
30
(172.8)
17
(97.8)
12
(68.7)
16
(92.3)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
143
(841.6)
184
(1,092)
228
(1,351)
238
(1,407)
190
(1,128)
226
(1,301)
188
(1,085)
157
(907.5)
142
(813.8)
95
(546.7)
70
(403.2)
79
(454.5)
57
(326.2)
57
(328.9)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
13
(76.5)
15
(89.0)
7
(41.5)
19
(112.3)
11
(65.3)
13
(74.9)
10
(57.7)
4
(23.1)
7
(40.1)
6
(34.5)
6
(34.6)
6
(34.5)
8
(45.8)
3
(17.3)
Arson
(per 100,000)
2
(11.8)
0
(0.0)
5
(29.6)
3
(17.7)
7
(41.6)
1
(5.8)
5
(28.9)
1
(5.8)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(5.8)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(5.8)
City-Data.com crime index97.290.2116.9118.7115.999.475.282.382.576.472.554.339.847.5

The City-Data.com crime index weighs serious crimes and violent crimes more heavily. Higher means more crime, U.S. average is 270.6. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

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City-data.com crime index in Portsmouth, RI

Crime rate in Portsmouth detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2019, including police officers: 38 (36 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.08
Rhode Island average:

2.38
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Ancestries: Irish (24.9%), English (18.5%), Portuguese (14.3%), German (12.4%), Italian (10.9%), French (8.8%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated in 1638

Elevation: 30 feet

Land area: 23.2 square miles.

Population density: 749 people per square mile   (low).

Portsmouth, Rhode Island map

683 residents are foreign born (2.1% Europe, 1.0% Asia, 0.5% North America).

This town:

4.0%
Rhode Island:

11.4%
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Portsmouth town:

1.8% ($2,920)
Rhode Island:

1.9% ($2,507)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Fall River, MA (8.8 miles , pop. 91,938).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Boston, MA (50.4 miles , pop. 589,141).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Bronx, NY (145.6 miles , pop. 1,332,650).

Nearest cities:

Melville, RI (1.8 miles ),
Tiverton, RI (2.2 miles ),
Bristol, RI (2.4 miles ),
Middletown, RI (2.6 miles ),
Newport East, RI (2.6 miles ),
Little Compton, RI (2.8 miles ),
Jamestown, RI (2.9 miles ),
Newport, RI (2.9 miles )

Latitude: 41.60 N, Longitude: 71.26 W

Area code: 401

Distribution of median household income in Portsmouth, RI in 2019
Portsmouth satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 58 buildings, average cost: $131,200
  • 1998: 97 buildings, average cost: $128,000
  • 1999: 100 buildings, average cost: $119,900
  • 2000: 96 buildings, average cost: $144,800
  • 2001: 89 buildings, average cost: $153,000
  • 2002: 97 buildings, average cost: $123,300
  • 2003: 50 buildings, average cost: $198,000
  • 2004: 77 buildings, average cost: $250,300
  • 2005: 106 buildings, average cost: $225,700
  • 2006: 54 buildings, average cost: $293,500
  • 2007: 37 buildings, average cost: $322,800
  • 2008: 29 buildings, average cost: $298,200
  • 2009: 8 buildings, average cost: $323,900
  • 2010: 15 buildings, average cost: $189,700
  • 2011: 17 buildings, average cost: $188,600
  • 2012: 18 buildings, average cost: $212,600
  • 2013: 33 buildings, average cost: $228,800
  • 2014: 35 buildings, average cost: $193,800
  • 2015: 41 buildings, average cost: $196,400
  • 2016: 34 buildings, average cost: $204,200
  • 2017: 22 buildings, average cost: $192,400
  • 2018: 24 buildings, average cost: $235,700
  • 2019: 30 buildings, average cost: $360,200
Number of permits per 10,000 Portsmouth, RI residents
Average permit cost in Portsmouth, RI
Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

6.2%
Rhode Island:

7.0%
Unemployment by year
Historical population in Portsmouth, RI
Historical housing units in Portsmouth, RI

Population change in the 1990s: +249 (+1.5%).
Most common industries in Portsmouth, RI (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Educational services (13.3%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (11.8%)
  • Health care (11.5%)
  • Accommodation & food services (5.9%)
  • Public administration (5.7%)
  • Construction (5.2%)
  • Computer & electronic products (3.5%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (14.0%)
  • Construction (8.6%)
  • Educational services (7.7%)
  • Public administration (6.4%)
  • Health care (5.6%)
  • Accommodation & food services (4.9%)
  • Computer & electronic products (4.8%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Educational services (19.7%)
  • Health care (18.3%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (9.3%)
  • Accommodation & food services (7.0%)
  • Public administration (5.0%)
  • Finance & insurance (3.9%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (3.2%)
Most common occupations in Portsmouth, RI (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (5.9%)
  • Engineers (4.9%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.6%)
  • Computer specialists (4.5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (4.0%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (3.2%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (2.8%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Engineers (8.6%)
  • Computer specialists (6.7%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (6.1%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (4.7%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.2%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (4.1%)
  • Top executives (3.2%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (6.7%)
  • Registered nurses (5.7%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (5.6%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (5.1%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5.1%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (4.9%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (4.2%)

Average climate in Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Portsmouth, Rhode Island average temperatures Portsmouth, Rhode Island average precipitation Portsmouth, Rhode Island humidity Portsmouth, Rhode Island wind speed Portsmouth, Rhode Island snowfall Portsmouth, Rhode Island sunshine Portsmouth, Rhode Island clear and cloudy days
Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI CO NO2 SO2 Ozone PM2.5 Pb
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 77.3. This is about average.

City:

77.3
U.S.:

74.2
Carbon Monoxide Level

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2018 was 0.203. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 16.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.203
U.S.:

0.267
Nitrogen Dioxide Level

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2017 was 7.76. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 4.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

7.76
U.S.:

5.56
Sulfur Dioxide Level

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2018 was 0.272. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 4.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.272
U.S.:

1.789
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 32.9. This is about average. Closest monitor was 7.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

32.9
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 6.23. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 7.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

6.23
U.S.:

8.46
Lead Level

Lead (Pb) [µg/m3] level in 2001 was 0.0160. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 8.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.0160
U.S.:

0.0098

Tornado activity:

Portsmouth-area historical tornado activity is slightly below Rhode Island state average. It is 64% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/9/1953, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 31.0 miles away from the Portsmouth town center injured 17 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 6/9/1953, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 50.0 miles away from the town center killed 90 people and injured 1228 people and caused between $50,000,000 and $500,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Portsmouth-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Rhode Island state average. It is 74% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 225.5 miles away from Portsmouth center
On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.3 (5.3 ML, Depth: 3.0 mi) earthquake occurred 235.8 miles away from Portsmouth center
On 1/19/1982 at 00:14:42, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 MD, 4.5 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 132.3 miles away from the city center
On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MB, 4.2 MS, 5.2 MW, 5.0 MW) earthquake occurred 234.9 miles away from the city center
On 10/16/2012 at 23:12:25, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 ML, Depth: 10.0 mi) earthquake occurred 141.3 miles away from Portsmouth center
On 8/22/1992 at 12:20:32, a magnitude 4.8 (4.8 MB, 3.8 MS, 4.7 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 179.8 miles away from Portsmouth center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Newport County (16) is near the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 9
Emergencies Declared: 7

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 6, Blizzards: 3, Floods: 3, Snowstorms: 3, Storms: 3, Winter Storms: 2, Snow: 1, Snowfall: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Portsmouth topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Portsmouth:

  • VNS OF NEWPORT AND BRISTOL COUNTIES, INC (1184 EAST MAIN ROAD)

Other hospitals and medical centers near Portsmouth:

  • SILVER CREEK MANOR (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; BRISTOL, RI)
  • FOREST FARM HEALTH CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; MIDDLETOWN, RI)
  • SOUTHPOINTE REHAB AND SKILLED NURSING (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; FALL RIVER, MA)
  • GRAND ISLANDER CENTER (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; MIDDLETOWN, RI)
  • DIALYSIS CENTER OF TIVERTON (Dialysis Facility, about 7 miles away; TIVERTON, RI)
  • CARRIAGE HOUSE NURSING HOME (Nursing Home, about 8 miles away; NEWPORT, RI)
  • JOHN CLARKE RETIREMENT CTR, THE (Nursing Home, about 8 miles away; MIDDLETOWN, RI)

Heliports located in Portsmouth:

Amtrak stations near Portsmouth:

  • 18 miles: PROVIDENCE (100 GASPEE ST.) . Services: ticket office, fully wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, snack bar, ATM, paid short-term parking, paid long-term parking, call for car rental service, taxi stand, public transit connection.
  • 18 miles: KINGSTON (WEST KINGSTON, FAIRGROUNDS RD.) . Services: ticket office, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for car rental service, call for taxi service, public transit connection.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Portsmouth:

  • Roger Williams University (about 4 miles; Bristol, RI; Full-time enrollment: 4,375)
  • Salve Regina University (about 10 miles; Newport, RI; FT enrollment: 2,349)
  • Bristol Community College (about 11 miles; Fall River, MA; FT enrollment: 5,707)
  • New England Institute of Technology (about 14 miles; East Greenwich, RI; FT enrollment: 3,183)
  • University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth (about 14 miles; North Dartmouth, MA; FT enrollment: 7,545)
  • Community College of Rhode Island (about 14 miles; Warwick, RI; FT enrollment: 10,500)
  • University of Rhode Island (about 17 miles; Kingston, RI; FT enrollment: 14,656)

Public high school in Portsmouth:

Private high schools in Portsmouth:

  • PORTSMOUTH ABBEY SCHOOL (Students: 361, Location: 285 CORYS LN, Grades: 9-12)
  • AQUIDNECK ISLAND CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (Students: 53, Location: 321 E MAIN RD, Grades: KG-12)

Public elementary/middle schools in Portsmouth:

Private elementary/middle schools in Portsmouth:

  • ST PHILOMENA SCHOOL (Students: 491, Location: 324 CORYS LN, Grades: PK-8)
  • THE PENNFIELD SCHOOL (Students: 183, Location: 110 SANDY POINT AVE LITLE SLOCUM FARM, Grades: PK-8)
See full list of schools located in Portsmouth

Library in Portsmouth:

  • PORTSMOUTH FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $610,779; Location: 2658 EAST MAIN ROAD; 71,924 books; 3,101 audio materials; 2,499 video materials; 10 state licensed databases; 111 print serial subscriptions)

User-submitted facts and corrections:

  • Aquidneck Island Christian Academy-Private K-12 Classical Christian School

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Portsmouth: Pirate Cove Marina (A), Melville Ponds Campground (B), Montaup Country Club (C), Howlands Ferry (D), Pocasset Golf Course (E), Greenvale Vineyards (F), Escobar Highland Farm (G), Green Valley Golf Course (H), Mount Hope Maritime Terminal (I), Portsmouth Abbey School Library (J), Portsmouth Free Public Library (K), Portsmouth Historical Society Building (L), Portsmouth Town Hall (M), Rhode Island State Police Barracks (N), Prudence Island Volunteer Fire Department (O), Portsmouth Police Department (P), Portsmouth Fire Department (Q), Portsmouth Barracks (R), Little Friends Day Care Center (S). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Centers: Portsmouth Shopping Plaza Shopping Center (1), Eastgate Shopping Center (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Portsmouth include: Saint Marys Church (A), Union Church (B), Saint Pauls Episcopal Church (C), Portsmouth Evangelical Friends Meetinghouse (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemetery: Portsmouth Friends Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Saint Marys Pond (A), Sisson Pond (B), Lawton Valley Reservoir (C), Melville Ponds (D), Jenny Pond (E), Nag Pond (F), Town Pond (G), Saint Marys Pond (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Founders Brook (A), Bloody Brook (B), Barker Brook (C), Mill Creek (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Portsmouth include: Bay Island Park (1), Green Animals Topiary Garden (2), Bay Island Park South Prudence Island (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Beaches: Grimmells Beach (A), Island Park Beach (B), Peckham Beach (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attractions: Preservation Society of Newport County (Museums; 380 Corys Lane) (1), Thames & Kosmos (Museums; 207 Highpoint Avenue) (2), Newport Music Co Inc (Amusement & Theme Parks; 849 Union Street) (3). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Hotels: Roger Williams University Residence & Confrnce Center (144 Anthony Road) (1), Founder's Brook Motel & Suites (314 Boyds Lane) (2), Best Western Bay Point & Conference Center (144 Anthony Road) (3). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Birthplace of: George Moulton Carpenter, Jr. - Federal judge, Gideon Cornell - Chief Justice of Rhode Island, Bobby Sewall - NFL player, Helen Glover (radio host) - Talk radio host.

Newport County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Portsmouth and their reported violations in the past:

PORTSMOUTH WATER & FIRE DISTRICT (Population served: 16,220, Purch surface water):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between OCT-2013 and DEC-2013, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (APR-25-2014), St Formal NOV issued (APR-25-2014), St Public Notif requested (APR-25-2014), St Public Notif received (JUN-27-2014)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between OCT-2013 and DEC-2013, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (DEC-31-2013), St Formal NOV issued (DEC-31-2013), St Public Notif requested (DEC-31-2013), St Public Notif received (JUN-27-2014)
Average household size:
This town:

2.4 people
Rhode Island:

2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:

69.4%
Whole state:

62.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:

4.9%
Whole state:

7.6%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.3% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

3.4%
Whole state:

11.9%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

1.4%
Whole state:

5.4%

People in group quarters in Portsmouth in 2010:

  • 203 people in college/university student housing
  • 86 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 24 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 19 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 2 people in other noninstitutional facilities

People in group quarters in Portsmouth in 2000:

  • 24 people in nursing homes
  • 6 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 6 people in other group homes

Banks with branches in Portsmouth (2011 data):

  • RBS Citizens, National Association: Portsmouth Branch at 3033 East Main Road, branch established on 1959/08/12. Info updated 2007/09/19: Bank assets: $106,940.6 mil, Deposits: $75,690.2 mil, headquarters in Providence, RI, positive income, 1135 total offices, Holding Company: Uk Financial Investments Limited
  • BankNewport: Portsmouth Branch at 2628 East Main Street, branch established on 1967/02/27. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $1,098.1 mil, Deposits: $885.1 mil, headquarters in Newport, RI, positive income, Mortgage Lending Specialization, 13 total offices, Holding Company: Oceanpoint Financial Partners, Mhc
  • Newport Federal Savings Bank: Portsmouth Branch at 1430 E Main Rd, branch established on 2009/01/26. Info updated 2011/07/21: Bank assets: $453.5 mil, Deposits: $267.0 mil, headquarters in Newport, RI, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 6 total offices

For population 15 years and over in Portsmouth:

Marital status in Portsmouth, RI
  • Never married: 19.7%
  • Now married: 63.4%
  • Separated: 0.9%
  • Widowed: 6.7%
  • Divorced: 9.3%

For population 25 years and over in Portsmouth:

  • High school or higher: 90.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 42.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 17.0%
  • Unemployed: 3.6%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.5 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2000
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2000
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

11.1
Rhode Island average:

14.0

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Portsmouth, RI (based on Newport County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic28,39214
Mainline Protestant7,57924
Evangelical Protestant1,52215
Other1,1749
Orthodox3001
Black Protestant1171
None43,804-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 12
This county:

1.48 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.92 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Newport County:

0.12 / 10,000 pop.
Rhode Island:

0.05 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 18
Here:

2.22 / 10,000 pop.
Rhode Island:

1.42 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 16
Here:

1.97 / 10,000 pop.
Rhode Island:

2.24 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 140
Newport County:

17.26 / 10,000 pop.
Rhode Island:

9.75 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

7.2%
State:

7.9%
Adult obesity rate:
Newport County:

18.4%
State:

22.6%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

15.9%
State:

16.3%

7.99% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($78,249 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.99%
Rhode Island average:

5.34%

0.28% of residents moved from foreign countries ($3,148 average AGI)
Newport County:

0.28%
Rhode Island average:

0.05%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Bristol County, MA  0.76% ($62,196 average AGI)
from Providence County, RI  0.76% ($80,468)
from Washington County, RI  0.46% ($69,258)


8.12% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($67,154 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.12%
Rhode Island average:

5.77%

0.34% of residents moved to foreign countries ($3,448 average AGI)
Newport County:

0.34%
Rhode Island average:

0.07%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Providence County, RI  0.72% ($51,554 average AGI)
to Bristol County, MA  0.72% ($49,736)
to Washington County, RI  0.56% ($59,683)
Businesses in Portsmouth, RI
NameCountNameCount
CVS1MasterBrand Cabinets1
Curves1Rite Aid2
Dunkin Donuts2U-Haul1
FedEx2UPS1
H&R Block2Vans1

Strongest AM radio stations in Portsmouth:

  • WALE (990 AM; 50 kW; GREENVILLE, RI; Owner: NORTH AMERICAN BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WPRO (630 AM; 5 kW; PROVIDENCE, RI; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WSAR (1480 AM; 5 kW; FALL RIVER, MA; Owner: BRISTOL COUNTY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WHJJ (920 AM; 5 kW; PROVIDENCE, RI)
  • WEEI (850 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: ENTERCOM BOSTON LICENSE, LLC)
  • WSKO (790 AM; 5 kW; PROVIDENCE, RI; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WRNI (1290 AM; 10 kW; PROVIDENCE, RI; Owner: WRNI FOUNDATION)
  • WBZ (1030 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WRKO (680 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: ENTERCOM BOSTON LICENSE, LLC)
  • WCRN (830 AM; 50 kW; WORCESTER, MA; Owner: CARTER BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WKOX (1200 AM; 50 kW; FRAMINGHAM, MA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WARV (1590 AM; 5 kW; WARWICK, RI; Owner: BLOUNT COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WPMZ (1110 AM; daytime; 5 kW; EAST PROVIDENCE, RI; Owner: VIDEO MUNDO B/CASTING CO., LLC)

Strongest FM radio stations in Portsmouth:

  • WKKB (100.3 FM; MIDDLETOWN, RI; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WJHD (90.7 FM; PORTSMOUTH, RI; Owner: PORTSMOUTH ABBEY SCHOOL)
  • WWBB (101.5 FM; PROVIDENCE, RI; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WQRI (88.3 FM; BRISTOL, RI; Owner: ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY)
  • WSNE-FM (93.3 FM; TAUNTON, MA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • W243AI (96.5 FM; NEWPORT, RI; Owner: DAVID P. MAXSON)
  • WPRO-FM (92.3 FM; PROVIDENCE, RI; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WBRU (95.5 FM; PROVIDENCE, RI; Owner: BROWN BROADCASTING SERVICE, INC.)
  • WCTK (98.1 FM; NEW BEDFORD, MA; Owner: HALL COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WHJY (94.1 FM; PROVIDENCE, RI; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WWLI (105.1 FM; PROVIDENCE, RI; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WRIU (90.3 FM; KINGSTON, RI; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND)
  • WSKO-FM (99.7 FM; WAKEFIELD-PEACEDALE, RI; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WSMU-FM (91.1 FM; NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS)
  • WJFD-FM (97.3 FM; NEW BEDFORD, MA; Owner: EDMUND DINIS, TRUSTEE)
  • WFHN (107.1 FM; FAIRHAVEN, MA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WWRX-FM (103.7 FM; WESTERLY, RI; Owner: FNX BROADCASTING OF RHODE ISLAND, LLC)
  • WBMX (98.5 FM; BOSTON, MA; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.)
  • WWKX (106.3 FM; WOONSOCKET, RI; Owner: AAA ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING LLC)
  • WAKX (102.7 FM; NARRAGANSETT PIER, RI; Owner: AAA ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING LLC)

TV broadcast stations around Portsmouth:

  • WLNE-TV (Channel 6; NEW BEDFORD, MA; Owner: FREEDOM BROADCASTING OF SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND, INC.)
  • WNAC-TV (Channel 64; PROVIDENCE, RI; Owner: WNAC, LLC)
  • WPXQ (Channel 69; BLOCK ISLAND, RI; Owner: OCEAN STATE TELEVISION, L.L.C.)
  • WPRI-TV (Channel 12; PROVIDENCE, RI; Owner: TVL BROADCASTING OF RHODE ISLAND, LLC)
  • WJAR (Channel 10; PROVIDENCE, RI; Owner: OUTLET BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WSBE-TV (Channel 36; PROVIDENCE, RI; Owner: RHODE ISLAND PUBLIC TELECOM. AUTHORITY)
  • WLWC (Channel 28; NEW BEDFORD, MA; Owner: C-28 FCC LICENSEE SUBSIDIARY, LLC)
  • WWDP (Channel 46; NORWELL, MA; Owner: NORWELL TELEVISION, LLC)
  • WCVB-TV (Channel 5; BOSTON, MA; Owner: WCVB HEARST-ARGYLE TV, INC.)
  • WGBH-TV (Channel 2; BOSTON, MA; Owner: WGBH EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION)
  • WRIW-LP (Channel 50; PROVIDENCE, RI; Owner: ZGS PROVIDENCE, INC.)
  • WMFP (Channel 62; LAWRENCE, MA; Owner: WSAH LICENSE, INC.)
  • WSBK-TV (Channel 38; BOSTON, MA; Owner: VIACOM INC.)
  • WLVI-TV (Channel 56; CAMBRIDGE, MA; Owner: WLVI, INC.)
  • WBZ-TV (Channel 4; BOSTON, MA; Owner: VIACOM INC.)
  • WGBX-TV (Channel 44; BOSTON, MA; Owner: WGBH EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION)
Fatal accident count
See more detailed statistics of Portsmouth fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2019 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 23Number of bridges
  • 358ft / 109mTotal length
  • $25,112,000Total costs
  • 245,742Total average daily traffic
  • 12,758Total average daily truck traffic
New bridges in Portsmouth, RI - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 21950-1959
  • 171960-1969
  • 42010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Portsmouth, RI

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Portsmouth)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

24 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

5 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers in Portsmouth, RI)

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

12 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

6 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)

FCC Registered Paging Towers:

7 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)

FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers:

13 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

170 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Portsmouth)

FAA Registered Aircraft:

6
  • Aircraft: FISCUS JEFFREY W RV-6 (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: LYCOMING R680-6B6-D6 (245 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 262JB, N262JB, N-262JB, Serial Number: 21660, Year manufactured: 1994, Airworthiness Date: 06/13/1994, Certificate Issue Date: 05/18/1993
    Registrant (Individual): Jeffery W Fiscus, 338 Water St, Portsmouth, RI 02871
  • Aircraft: PIPER PA-28R-200 (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 107 mph), Engine: LYCOMING I0360 SER (180 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 32994, N32994, N-32994, Serial Number: 28R-7535104, Year manufactured: 1975, Airworthiness Date: 01/08/1975, Certificate Issue Date: 10/03/2019
    Registrant (Individual): Gerald S Kempen, 52 Sakonnet Dr, Portsmouth, RI 02871
  • Aircraft: DIAMOND AIRCRAFT IND INC DA 42 (Category: Land, Engines: 2, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: THIELERT TAE 125-02-99 (132 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 503TS, N503TS, N-503TS, Serial Number: 42.AC103, Year manufactured: 2007, Airworthiness Date: 11/28/2007, Certificate Issue Date: 11/07/2016
    Registrant (LLC): Cox Aviation LLC, 728 Wapping Rd, Portsmouth, RI 02871
  • Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140 (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 107 mph), Engine: LYCOMING 0-320 SERIES (180 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 514FL, N514FL, N-514FL, Serial Number: 28-7125338, Year manufactured: 1971, Airworthiness Date: 04/02/1971, Certificate Issue Date: 01/04/2016
    Registrant (Individual): Paul G Laurienzo, 148 Thayer Dr, Portsmouth, RI 02871
  • Aircraft: SIX CHUTER WEST LLC LEGEND XL (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: ROTAX 582UL (65 HP) (2 Cycle)
    N-Number: 787EE, N787EE, N-787EE, Serial Number: 3135, Airworthiness Date: 06/13/2018, Certificate Issue Date: 05/18/2020
    Registrant (Individual): Erik T Boxell, 11 Lawrence Ter, Portsmouth, RI 02871
    Deregistered: Cancel Date: 07/10/2019
  • Aircraft: SOCATA TBM 700 (Category: Land, Seats: 7, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: P&W CANADA PT6A66D (850 HP) (Turbo-prop)
    N-Number: 835CA, N835CA, N-835CA, Serial Number: 642, Year manufactured: 2012, Airworthiness Date: 10/02/2017, Certificate Issue Date: 01/24/2018
    Registrant (LLC): Mk Partners LLC, 227 Eastover Rd, Portsmouth, RI 02871

2008 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year According to the data from the years 2008 - 2018 the average number of fires per year is 34. The highest number of fire incidents - 61 took place in 2010, and the least - 2 in 2008. The data has a growing trend.
    Fire incident types in Portsmouth, RI When looking into fire subcategories, the most reports belonged to: Structure Fires (57.9%), and Outside Fires (21.2%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Portsmouth, RI
    • 21957.9%Structure Fires
    • 8021.2%Outside Fires
    • 4812.7%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 318.2%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Portsmouth, RI
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Portsmouth, RI
  • 74.6%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 15.4%Utility gas
  • 7.4%Electricity
  • 1.5%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.7%Wood
  • 0.3%Coal or coke
  • 0.2%Other fuel
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Portsmouth, RI
  • 53.0%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 21.9%Electricity
  • 20.6%Utility gas
  • 1.9%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.8%No fuel used
  • 0.4%Wood
  • 0.3%Other fuel


Portsmouth compared to Rhode Island state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.

Portsmouth on our top lists:

  • #21 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: engineers (population 5,000+)"
  • #46 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: social scientists and related workers (population 5,000+)"
  • #61 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: librarians, curators, and archivists (population 5,000+)"
  • #63 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: occupational and physical therapist assistants and aides (population 5,000+)"
  • #69 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: other healthcare support occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #76 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: food and beverage serving workers except waiters/waitresses (population 5,000+)"
  • #84 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: fuel dealers (population 5,000+)"
  • #97 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: petroleum and coal products (population 5,000+)"
  • #70 (02871) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of Portuguese first ancestries (pop 5,000+)"
  • #16 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that visited a dentist within the past year"
  • #20 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives"
  • #21 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest ground withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #33 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the best general health status score of residents (1-5), 3 years of data"
  • #35 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents that keep firearms around their homes"
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