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MAIN Arrow to Home LifeHome Life Arrow to HouseHouse & Home Arrow to MovingMoving Arrow to Rhode IslandRhode Island

Bordered on the west by Connecticut and north and east by Massachusetts, "Little Rhody" is home to a little more than a million people, a smaller number than comprises a good number of U.S metropolitan areas.

Once a national leader in textile manufacturing, abandoned mills are now being taken over for low-cost housing or gentrified condos as the state turns to health care services as its major industry.

Rhode Island's high tax rates are generally considered to inhibit new business growth, although a number of major corporations have headquarters here, among them Hasbro Toys and CVS Pharmacies.

Rhode Island tourism is another important industry, with visitors drawn each year to Rhode Island's beach front, walks & mansion tours in historic Newport, and a variety of urban attractions found in its largest city, Providence.

Rhode Island quality-of-life statistics

Demographics : (Rhode Island Census Data)
Major cities: Providence (capital) Cranston, Pawtucket, Warwick
Population : 1,067,610
White : 88.9%
Black, African American : 6.2%
Hispanic : 10.7%
High school graduates : 78%
Bachelor's degree or higher : 25.6%
Average household income: $47,037

Cost of Living: Sperling's Best Places - Rhode Island - Compared to the rest of the country, Rhode Island's cost of living is 10.41% higher than the U.S. average.

Personal Income Taxes: Rhode Island collects taxes from individuals in over five income brackets ranging from 3.75 percent to 9.9 percent depending on income and marital status. Residents must file taxes by April 15 each year using form RI-1040.

Housing & Real Estate Overview : also see Zillow - Rhode Island Real Estate
Home ownership rate : 60%
Average home price : $272,800
Average travel time to work : 22.5 minutes

Schools : see Rhode Island Department of Education

Weather : Warm and humid in the summer, and cold in winter like many of its New England states neighbors, Rhode Island is also subject to winter nor'easters which can batter the state with record-breaking snowfalls.

Crime : see Rhode Island crime rates & statistics

also see -> Rhode Island Taxes | Rhode Island Eviction Laws


More about relocating to Rhode Island around the Web:

Moving to Rhode Island - Helpful links from the official Rhode Island government portal with information on real estate and apartment rentals, schools & hospitals, public transportation, related maps, and complete relocation packet available in pdf format.

Providence Relocation Info - Check out information on neighborhood profiles, and related resources on car & voter registration, city utilities.

Move to - The city's economic development portal offering information on quality of life & demographics, housing, health care & schools, utilities & transportation.

Rhode Island real estate, apartments & job classifieds:

Providence : Providence Journal
Newport : Newport Daily News
Warwick : Warwick Beacon

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