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South Kingstown is a town in Rhode Island with a population of 30,712. South Kingstown is in Washington County and is one of the best places to live in Rhode Island. Living in South Kingstown offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many young professionals live in South Kingstown and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in South Kingstown are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$344,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,121
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    28%
  • Own
    72%
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South Kingstown Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    22.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    22.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    6.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    110.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    522.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    26
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    8%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    26%
  • 25-34 years
    7%
  • 35-44 years
    7%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    25%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    28%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    20%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

Working in South Kingstown

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$80,407
National
$55,322
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South Kingstown is a very welcoming community. They have beautiful beaches, wonderful shops, and tantalizing cuisine. The town is a safe environment to raise a family and live peacefully. South Kingstown is home to two of South County's scenic beaches, tranquil farmlands, and historic landmarks. Downtown Wakefield is situated on the revitalized Saugatucket River, an architectural sight to behold. Unique shops and restaurants line Main St. featuring exquisite antiques, garden supplies, apparel, gifts, crafts, and more!
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Once part of a domestic violence safe home organization in another state, having transitioned all the way from the Deep South to Rhode Island, I ironically felt most safe and truly at home once welcomed here, so far removed from what was familiar to me. It was here that i finally felt I was thriving in victory, not merely surviving in victimhood. Now a single mother with 3 young children, I felt a surprising relief and hope, knowing the phenomenally warm, compassionate community here were humanizing us and treating us like family. From the first moment of introduction, they engaged us wholly and presently, and validated us as individuals. I could never do or say enough to express my gratitude and fondness for the community and domestic violence resources here in South Kingstown. Instead of merely sheltering individuals and families temporarily to procure funding, they are truly committed to changing, gratifying, and empowering lives.
South Kingstown is a wonderful combination of rural living combined with a beach community. The people are nice but the population increases in the summer months when the beach tourists arrive. In the winter, the students return to the University but the town activity slows down. There aren't a lot of chain stores around but the local businesses provide what is needed. There are some good restaurants but you would have to travel to Newport or Providence for fine dining. Overall, a nice community.