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Newport County, RI on Aquidneck Island Overview
Newport County consists of the towns, Jamestown, on Cannonicut Island, Newport in the south, Middletown in the middle and Portsmouth in the north of Aquidneck Island, and Bristol, Tiverton and Little Compton on the mainland. Narragansett Bay is the saltwater to sea body of water.

Newport County is easy to get to by land, sea or air, and is close from major business centers and attractions in New England. Winter skiing can be found two hours north, Cape Cod is one hour east, beaches and sailing are available in our back yard with your choice of marinas available.

It is at the center of the eastern seaboard between the metropolitan areas of New York and Boston. 1.3 million People live within 25 miles; 3.3 million within 50 miles. More than 65% of New England’s population lives within a 75 mile radius. 80 million people with a combined income of $1.6 trillion live within a 500 mile radius. (These statistics are from website.)

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Rhode Island
Population (2020 census)
Land Area (2020 survey)
102.39 sq miles
1,044.93 sq miles
Persons Per Square Mile (2020)
Households (2020 census)
Persons Per Household (2020.)
Median Household Income*
Per Capita Income*
Population Below Poverty Level
Rhode Island Weather:
Newport County Demographics:
We rarely have any extreme weather conditions and climate changes gradually over the four seasons. Precipitation can vary from day-to-day or even hour-to-hour but their is no definitive rainy or dry season and no predictable rainy time of day as in other parts of the country.

Our warmest weather occurs between April and October with temperatures peaking in the mid 90°s in July and August when precipitation is rare. If you wish to enjoy Newport County's many beaches this is the time of year to go. Additionally summer is a time of many festivals including the Newport Jazz Fest, Newport Folk Fest and Newport International Boat Show.

Around September temperatures cool and Fall sets in bringing with it the beautiful colors of the Fall foliage.

Winters have varied drastically in recent years. Average temperatures typically reach their low point in January with averages in high 20°s to low 30°s. Some years have no snow while others may experience multiple snow storms in one week. Regardless, snow is nearly always cleared from most roads as it falls. Side streets may go a day without plowing at most.
Recreational Activities:
Aquidneck Island is home to many beaches, public and private. In Newport, the largest public beach, Easton's beach, or First Beach, has a view of the famed Cliff Walk. Sachuest Beach, or Second Beach, in Middletown is the second largest beach in the area. Gooseberry Beach is a private beach but is open to the public on certain days throughout the year, and is located on Ocean Drive, along with Newport's two other private beaches, Bailey's Beach (Spouting Rock Beach Association), and Hazard's Beach.

The Newport Cliff Walk is considered one of the most popular attractions in the city. It is a 3.5-mile (5.6 km) public access walkway bordering the shoreline, and has been designated a National Recreation Trail.

Brenton Point State Park is home to the annual Brenton Point Kite Festival. Newport is also home to the Newport Country Club. The historical club has played host to the 2007 Women's US Open and the 1995 Men's US Amateurs. 

Fort Adams, an historical fort dating back to the War of 1812, houses the Museum of Yachting and hosts both the Newport Folk Festival and the Newport Jazz Festival annually.

For many years Newport was home to the series of yacht races for the America's Cup.

The International Tennis Hall of Fame is also located in Newport. The Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, a men's ATP Tour event, is held every year in early July, the week following Wimbledon. The week also includes annual enshrinements into the Hall of Fame.
Getting Around:
Rhode Island is connected by the RIPTA bus network. You can get from Middletown to downtown Providence in about 65 minutes using the bus.Order them online or buy them at the Kennedy Plaza bus hub in downtown Providence. You can use RIPTA buses to get to and from the airport, most beaches, and other key destinations across the state.

As of October 15, 2013, Newport has been designated a nationally recognized Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community by the 
League of American Bicyclists. It is the first official Bicycle Friendly Community in the state of Rhode Island.

Newport County is easy to navigate by car. The approximate average safe communicating time from Newport Bridge or the Newport Naval Station to the heart of each community:

Newport: 10 minutes
Middletown: 10 minutes
Portsmouth: 20 minutes
Jamestown: 15 minutes
Bristol: 30 minutes
Tiverton: 30 minutes
Little Compton: 45 minutes

Jamestown is reachable by toll bridge across the Pell Bridge. An EZ Pass can be purchased from

There is no toll to reach Bristol via the Mount Hope Bridge or Tiverton & Little Compton via the newly constructed Sakonnett River Bridge.
DMV Stuff:
If you are moving to Newport County from within Rhode Island, you legally have ten days to let the DMV know of your address change. Simply, mail this form to:

State of Rhode Island DMV
Attn: Address Change
600 New London Avenue
Cranston RI 02920

It is required by law that you obtain your RI driver's license to within 30 days of moving to the state if you wish to drive. To do so, you'll need to head to the Middletown DMV branch with your out-of-state license, as well as several other documents. You'll need:
  • Proof of Residency (utility bill, bank statement, or payroll stub)
  • A Signature Document (like a passport, social security card, or work/school ID)
  • Another Identity Document (passport, birth certificate, or naturalization document)
State of Rhode Island DMV
52 Valley Rd, Middletown, RI
(401) 846-5451
Quick Facts:
* In 2019 dollars (2015-2019)