West Greenwich, Rhode Island

West Greenwich is a town in Kent County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 6,135 at the 2010 census. West Greenwich was named for the historic town of Greenwich, Kent, England. It was separated from East Greenwich in 1741. Students go to Exeter-West Greenwich Regional School in West Greenwich.

West Greenwich, Rhode Island
Louttit Library
Louttit Library
Location in Kent County and the state of Rhode Island.
Location in Kent County and the state of Rhode Island.
Coordinates: 41°37′46″N 71°39′37″W / 41.62944°N 71.66028°W / 41.62944; -71.66028Coordinates: 41°37′46″N 71°39′37″W / 41.62944°N 71.66028°W / 41.62944; -71.66028
CountryUnited States
StateRhode Island
CountyKent
Government
 • TypeFive-member Town council
 • Town CouncilMark D. Tourgee (R)
Robert J. Andrews (R)
Susan G. Woloohojian (R)
Linda R. Sloan (R)
Thomas E. Mulcahey (R)
Area
 • Total51.3 sq mi (132.9 km2)
 • Land50.6 sq mi (131.1 km2)
 • Water0.7 sq mi (1.8 km2)
Elevation
253 ft (77 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total6,135
 • Density121.2/sq mi (46.8/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
02817
Area code(s)401
FIPS code44-77720[1]
GNIS feature ID1220059[2]

GeographyEdit

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 51.3 square miles (133 km2), of which, 50.6 square miles (131 km2) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) of it (1.34%) is water. Escoheag Hill is located within the town and is the site of a former ski area. Wickaboxet State Forest is also located in West Greenwich.

DemographicsEdit

Historical population
Census Pop.
17902,054
18001,757−14.5%
18101,619−7.9%
18201,92719.0%
18301,817−5.7%
18401,415−22.1%
18501,350−4.6%
18601,258−6.8%
18701,133−9.9%
18801,018−10.2%
1890798−21.6%
1900606−24.1%
1910481−20.6%
1920367−23.7%
19304029.5%
194052630.8%
195084761.0%
19601,16938.0%
19701,84157.5%
19802,73848.7%
19903,49227.5%
20005,08545.6%
20106,13520.6%
2019 (est.)6,179[3]0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[4][5]

At the 2000 census there were 5,085 people, 1,749 households, and 1,451 families in the town. The population density was 100.4 people per square mile (38.8/km2). There were 1,809 housing units at an average density of 35.7 per square mile (13.8/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.70% White, 0.28% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 0.24% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.69%.[1]

Of the 1,749 households 42.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.3% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.0% were non-families. 13.0% of households were one person and 3.6% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.90 and the average family size was 3.18.

The age distribution was 28.4% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 33.4% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 7.1% 65 or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.5 males.

The median household income was $65,725 and the median family income was $71,332. Males had a median income of $44,306 versus $32,933 for females. The per capita income for the town was $25,750. 4.2% of the population and 2.5% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 2.7% of those under the age of 18 and 15.9% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

GovernmentEdit

West Greenwich town vote
by party in presidential elections
[6]
Year GOP DEM Others
2016 57.88% 1,953 34.35% 1,159 7.77% 262
2012 50.28% 1,590 47.53% 1,503 2.18% 69
2008 48.65% 1,567 49.39% 1,591 1.96% 63
2004 51.66% 1,466 45.81% 1,300 2.54% 72
2000 43.80% 1,035 48.24% 1,140 7.96% 188
1996 35.67% 808 45.96% 1,041 18.37% 416
1992 32.96% 773 34.54% 810 32.49% 762
1988 58.45% 989 41.19% 697 0.35% 6

In the Rhode Island Senate, West Greenwich is split into three senatorial districts, one of which is currently held by Democrat Leonidas P. Raptakis (District 33) and other by Republican Elaine J. Morgan (District 34). The other, District 21, is currently vacant but was last held by Republican Nicholas D. Kettle before his resignation in February 2018 following a sex scandal. At the federal level, West Greenwich is a part of Rhode Island's 2nd congressional district, which is currently represented by James R. Langevin.

In presidential elections, West Greenwich tends to be a fairly independent or swing municipality with a slight Republican tilt. That red lean was strengthened in 2016 when Donald Trump won the town by 23.5 points, the best performance for a Republican in the town in three decades.

Historic placesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved May 21, 2020.
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  5. ^ Snow, Edwin M. (1867). Report upon the Census of Rhode Island 1865. Providence, RI: Providence Press Company.
  6. ^ http://www.elections.state.ri.us/elections/preresults/

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