North Kingstown

North Kingstown

[kingz-tuhn, -toun, king-stuhn]
North Kingstown, town (1990 pop. 23,786), Washington co., S central R.I., on Narragansett Bay; inc. as Kings Towne 1674, divided into North Kingstown and South Kingstown 1723. North Kingstown includes Quonset Point and six villages. The site of North Kingstown was settled in 1641 by Roger Williams, founder of Providence, R.I. The town is a regional trade center and fishing port and attracts many tourists. Its manufactures include machine tools, primary metals, printed materials, chemicals, plastics, and textiles. Of interest are Smith's Castle (1678); Casey House (1725), which retains bullet holes made during skirmishes in the Revolutionary War; the birthplace (now a museum) of Gilbert Stuart, the portrait painter; and South County Museum. Narragansett Bay is used for recreational boating and fishing.

North Kingstown is a town in Washington County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 26,326 at the 2000 census. The famous American portraitist Gilbert Stuart was born in the village of Saunderstown, located in the southern region of North Kingstown.


As of the census of 2000, there were 26,326 people, 10,154 households, and 7,310 families residing in the town. The population density was 603.9 people per square mile (233.2/km²). There were 10,743 housing units at an average density of 246.4/sq mi (95.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.7% White, 1.0% African American, 0.55% Native American, 0.95% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.53% from other races, and 1.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.77% of the population.

There were 10,154 households out of which 35.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.6% were married couples living together, 46.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.0% were non-families. 22.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the town the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 26.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 93.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $60,027, and the median income for a family was $69,559. Males had a median income of $20,668 versus $18,399 for females. The per capita income for the town was $28,139. About 18.8% of families and 16.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.6% of those under age 18 and 4.8% of those age 65 or over.

Notable Facts

North Kingstown is the birthplace of Gilbert Stuart (1755 - 1828), the American painter whose portrait of George Washington appears on the one dollar bill.

North Kingstown is also home to Quonset Point, a former military base which was once the home of the Naval Construction Battalions known as the SeaBees.

Points of Interest

  • Casey Farm - An original colonial plantation that is today one of the oldest operational farms in New England.
  • Davis Memorial Wildlife Refuge - 96 Acres of forest and wetlands preserved by the Audubon Society of Rhode Island.
  • Devil's Foot Rock - A famous petrosomatoglyph. Legends going back to the colonial era tell of a squaw being chased by the devil. Some say that she fled from Boston. Her pursuer is said to have left his footprints at Devil's Foot Rock, then at Chimney Hill in South Kingstown, and finally at Block Island.
  • Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum - The house in which American portraitist Gilbert Stuart was born in 1755. The museum features works from throughout Stuart's career and operational grist and snuff mills.
  • Historic Wickford Village - A Historic Seaside Village which contains one of the largest collections of preserved 18th century houses in the Northeastern United States. Wickford also has a large and scenic harbor.
  • Quonset Air Museum - A large Museum located near the Quonset Naval Air Station which focuses on military aviation history.
  • Smith's Castle - A colonial plantation located on the shore of Narragansett Bay.

Other National Historic Places in North Kingstown


External links

North Kingstown School District

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