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Portsmouth is a suburb of Providence with a population of 17,463. Portsmouth is in Newport County and is one of the best places to live in Rhode Island. Living in Portsmouth offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Portsmouth there are a lot of parks. Many retirees live in Portsmouth and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Portsmouth are highly rated.
About Portsmouth...
Population
17,463

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$363,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,270
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    24%
  • Own
    76%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    40.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    23
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    97.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    454.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    34.5
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    9%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    8%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    17%
  • 55-64 years
    16%
  • 65+ years
    22%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    18%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    22%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

Working in Portsmouth

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$91,626
National
$55,322
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Portsmouth Reviews

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My husband and I purchased a house in Portsmouth after arriving in Rhode Island. Our neighborhood is quiet and the families are all friendly. We were a bit nervous at first because our kids are young and rambunctious but all of the neighbors expressed excitement about having young kids in the neighborhood again! The neighborhood is a great place for going on family walks. Additionally, we are located close enough to Newport and Boston to make easy trips but far enough away to not be impaced by the night life!
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I am a new resident in Rhode Island, and I love being a part of this beautiful state! My husband and I moved here due to a new job that he accepted. Portsmouth is a quiet, lovely town on the water, and we have absolutely loved the way of life here! Our community is safe, and the school districts are very positive!
Portsmouth is a well-maintained historical town on beautiful Aquidneck Island. It is in a great location, as it is close to so many things including historic Newport. The public school system is pretty good, and residents are trending conservative. Many military families move here, as it is very welcoming to new residents. There are lots of ways to get involved with the community.