Warwick, Rhode Island

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City of Warwick
Warwick City Hall, Brush Neck Cove, the Caleb Greene House, and T. F. Green Airport
Official seal of City of Warwick
Location in Kent County, Rhode Island
Coordinates: 41°43′N 71°25′W / 41.717°N 71.417°W / 41.717; -71.417Coordinates: 41°43′N 71°25′W / 41.717°N 71.417°W / 41.717; -71.417
CountryUnited States
StateRhode Island
Incorporated (Town)August 8, 1647
Incorporated (City)April 21, 1931
 • TypeMayor-council
 • MayorFrank Picozzi (I)
 • City CouncilWilliam Foley (D)
Jeremy M. Rix (D)
Timothy Howe (D)
Jim McElroy (D)
Edgar N. Ladouceur (D)
Donna M. Travis (D)
Steven McAllister (D)
Anthony Sinapi(D)
Vincent Gebhart (D)
 • Total49.75 sq mi (128.85 km2)
 • Land35.00 sq mi (90.65 km2)
 • Water14.75 sq mi (38.20 km2)
36 ft (11 m)
 • Total82,672
 • Estimate 
 • Density2,314.40/sq mi (893.59/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (Eastern)
ZIP Codes
02886, 02888–02889
Area code(s)401
FIPS code44-74300[3]
GNIS feature ID1220018[4]

Warwick (/ˈwɔːrwɪk/ or /ˈwɔːrɪk/) is a city in Kent County, Rhode Island, the third largest city in the state with a population of 80,487 at the 2020 census. It is located approximately 12 miles (19 km) south of downtown Providence, Rhode Island, 63 miles (101 km) southwest of Boston, Massachusetts, and 171 miles (275 km) northeast of New York City.

Warwick was founded by Samuel Gorton in 1642 and has witnessed major events in American history. It was decimated during King Philip's War (1675–76) and was the site of the Gaspee Affair, the first act of armed resistance against the British, preceding even the Boston Tea Party, and a significant prelude to the American Revolution. Warwick was also the home of Revolutionary War General Nathanael Greene, George Washington's second-in-command, and Civil War General George S. Greene, a hero of the Battle of Gettysburg. Today, it is home to Rhode Island's main airport, T. F. Green Airport, which serves the Providence area and also functions as a reliever for Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts.

Early history[edit]

Warwick was founded in 1642[5] by Samuel Gorton when Narragansett Native Americans Sachem Miantonomi sold him the Shawhomett Purchase for 144 fathoms of wampum. This included the towns of Coventry and West Warwick, Rhode Island. However, the purchase was not without dispute. Sachems Sacononoco and Pumham claimed that Miantonomi had sold the land without asking for their approval. They took their case to Boston, where they placed their lands under Massachusetts rule. In 1643, Massachusetts Bay Colony sent a militia force to Shawomett to arrest Gorton and his followers. After a tense standoff, all but three of the Gortonists surrendered to the Massachusetts forces. This event caused the other three settlements on Narragansett Bay (Providence Plantations, Portsmouth, and Newport) to unite and get a royal charter allowing them to form the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.[6]:302

In 1648, Gorton was granted a charter by Robert Rich, 2nd Earl of Warwick, Lord Admiral and head of the Parliamentary Commission on Plantation Affairs. Because of this, the name of the settlement was changed from Shawhomett to Warwick. Massachusetts continued to lay claim to the area, but it made no further effort to enforce it.[6]

In 1772, Warwick was the scene of the first violent act against the British Crown in the Gaspee Affair. Local patriots boarded the Gaspee,[7] a revenue cutter that enforced the Stamp Act 1765 and Townshend Acts in Narragansett Bay. It was here that the first blood was spilled in the American Revolution when Gaspee's commanding officer Lt. Dudingston was shot and seriously wounded during the struggle for the ship. The Gaspee was stripped of all cannons and arms, then burned.[8]

During the Revolution, Warwick militiamen participated in the battles of Montreal, Quebec, Saratoga, Monmouth, and Trenton, and they were present for the British surrender at Yorktown in 1781.


Major traversing highways include:

Interstate 95 is the major thoroughfare of Rhode Island, with the first southbound exit in Warwick at Jefferson Boulevard, and ending with the Route 117 interchange, near the Apponaug rotaries. Interstate 295 connects to the main highway at exit 11, providing direct travel to Woonsocket and Massachusetts. Smaller routes include Route 37 (Lincoln Avenue Freeway) connecting 295 to U.S. Route 1, and the Airport Connector Road.

T. F. Green Airport is a station on the Providence/Stoughton Commuter Rail Line, providing weekday service to Providence Station and Boston's South Station.[9]


Climate data for Providence
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average sea temperature °F (°C) 41.4
Source: Weather Atlas [11]


Warwick is located at 41°43′N 71°25′W / 41.717°N 71.417°W / 41.717; -71.417 (41.7181, −71.4152).[15]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 49.6 square miles (128 km2), of which 35.5 square miles (92 km2) of it is land and 14.1 square miles (37 km2) of it (28.46%) is water.

The following villages are located in Warwick:


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)81,004[2]−2.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

Warwick is officially a part of the Providence metropolitan area, which has a population of 1,600,852 in 2010 census. As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 85,808 people, 35,517 households, and 22,979 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,417.2 people per square mile (933.3/km2). There were 37,085 housing units at an average density of 1,044.7 per square mile (403.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.21% White, 1.16% African American, 0.25% Native American, 1.49% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.59% from other races, and 1.28% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.60% of the population.

There were 35,517 households, out of which 27.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.3% were non-families. 29.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 21.9% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 17.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $46,483, and the median income for a family was $56,225. Males had a median income of $39,455 versus $28,946 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,410. About 4.2% of families and 5.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.4% of those under age 18 and 7.5% of those age 65 or over.


Warwick town vote
by party in presidential elections
Year GOP DEM Others
2016 44.25% 18,338 48.35% 20,038 7.39% 3,064
2012 37.21% 15,027 60.54% 24,448 2.24% 905
2008 38.37% 16,541 59.85% 25,802 1.79% 770
2004 41.02% 16,640 57.10% 23,164 1.87% 760
2000 32.37% 12,741 60.85% 23,948 6.78% 2,669
1996 26.83% 10,414 59.64% 23,152 13.53% 5,254
1992 29.88% 13,348 45.90% 20,504 24.22% 10,822
1988 45.29% 18,052 54.34% 21,662 0.37% 149

Warwick is split into three districts in the Rhode Island Senate which are currently held by Democrats Michael McCaffrey (District 29), Jeanine Calkin (District 30), and Erin Lynch-Prata. The town is a part of Rhode Island's 2nd congressional district, which is currently represented by Democrat James Langevin. It is traditionally Democratic in presidential elections; no Republican has carried it in over three decades.


Before its dissolution, Eckerd Corporation had its headquarters in Warwick.[18]

The ten largest employers in Warwick are Kent Memorial Hospital, Citizens Bank- Warwick Call Center, UPS, MetLife, City of Warwick, Leviton Manufacturing, Wal-Mart, Community College of Rhode Island, J.C. Penney, Kenney Manufacturing, and Inskip Automall.[citation needed]

Notable people[edit]


The Knight Campus building of the Community College of Rhode Island

Local public schools are operated by Warwick Public Schools.[21] Toll Gate High School and Pilgrim High School are the two comprehensive public high schools located in Warwick. The two public middle schools are Winman Junior High School and Warwick Veterans Junior High School. Aldrich Junior High School and Gorton Junior High School closed in 2016 as part of the school consolidation project.[22] The school department is headed by superintendent Philip Thornton.[23]

Bishop Hendricken High School is an all-male college preparatory Catholic high school located in Warwick.[24] Rocky Hill School is a P–12 co-ed secular country day school located on Warwick's isolated Potowomut peninsula. The school lists an East Greenwich address, despite being geographically included as part of the city of Warwick.[25]

The Community College of Rhode Island Knight Campus is also located in Warwick on the former Knight Estate.[26]

Sister cities[edit]


  1. ^ Mean monthly maxima and minima (i.e. the expected highest and lowest temperature readings at any point during the year or given month) calculated based on data at said location from 1981 to 2010.
  2. ^ Official records for Providence kept at downtown from November 1904 to May 1932 and at T. F. Green Airport since June 1932.[10]
  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ Admin. "Welcome to Warwick History". www.warwickhistory.com. Retrieved 2018-01-30.
  6. ^ a b Austin, John Osborne (1887). Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island. Albany, New York: J. Munsell's Sons. ISBN 978-0-8063-0006-1.
  7. ^ This version of the story is told by Ephraim Bowen and John Mawney in Staples, William R., The Documentary History of the Destruction of the Gaspee, (Providence, R.I.: Knowles, Vose, and Anthony, 1845), p. 14–16. These men had taken part in burning Gaspee and made these statements in 1826.
  8. ^ "Joseph Bucklin V Biography". Joseph Bucklin Society. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  9. ^ Authority, Massachusetts Bay Transportation. "Providence/Stoughton Line < Commuter Rail < Schedules & Maps < MBTA - Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority". mbta.com. Retrieved 2018-01-30.
  10. ^ ThreadEx
  11. ^ a b "Providence, Rhode Island, USA - Monthly weather forecast and Climate data". Weather Atlas. Retrieved 4 July 2019.
  12. ^ "NowData – NOAA Online Weather Data". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved 2020-06-28.
  13. ^ "Station Name: RI PROVIDENCE T F GREEN AP". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved 2018-02-22.
  14. ^ "WMO Climate Normals for PROVIDENCE/GREEN STATE, RI 1961–1990". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved 2020-09-17.
  15. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae RI.gov: Cities & Towns
  17. ^ "Previous Election Results". www.elections.state.ri.us. Archived from the original on 2012-10-27.
  18. ^ "Contacting Us." Eckerd Corporation. Retrieved on June 19, 2010. "Mail: 50 Service Ave., Warwick, RI 02886."
  19. ^ "1965 Pilgrim High School Yearbook". www.classmates.com. Retrieved 2018-01-30.
  20. ^ Botelho, Jessica A. "James Woods recently retires from acting, now selling RI home". WJAR. Retrieved 2018-01-30.
  21. ^ Warwick Public Schools website
  22. ^ "Warwick Public Schools Consolidation". sites.google.com. Retrieved 2018-01-30.
  23. ^ "Office of the Superintendent". Warwick Public Schools. Retrieved 2018-01-30.
  24. ^ "Bishop Hendricken Catholic High School - Rhode Island". Bishop Hendricken High School. Retrieved 2018-01-30.
  25. ^ "RI Private School- Pre-School, Prep School, Rhode Island". Rocky Hill School. Retrieved 2018-01-30.
  26. ^ "Home Page – Community College of Rhode Island". www.ccri.edu. Retrieved 2018-01-30.

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