The smallest state in the country, Rhode Island is part of the New England region and is bordered by Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York, plus the Atlantic Ocean. One of the original 13 colonies, Rhode Island is known as the Ocean State and is home to less than 1.1 million people in total.
Things To Do in Rhode Island
There are plenty of things to do if you live in Rhode Island, whether you prefer to stick close to the ocean or check out the other scenery and activities the state has to offer. If you are a water lover, you can take boat rides across the water while watching fireworks above. Gorgeous walks along Ocean Drive and Cliff Walk are also popular options. Do you love old cars? Check out the Newport Car Museum? You might even want to learn more about dairy farming at Wright’s Dairy Farm. Of course, a variety of restaurants and bars are available throughout the state as well, making it a great choice for young professionals and families alike.
Education in Rhode Island
Rhode Island is a small state with a relatively small number of primary and secondary education institutions. However, most of them rank quite highly in state testing. In fact, 21 schools received five-start awards in 2018. Some of these schools include Wickford Middle School, Community School, and Primrose Hill School. The highest honor a school can receive from the U.S. Department of Education is a Blue Ribbon. East Greenwich High School and Jamestown School are the two highest-performing schools to achieve blue ribbons. There are also a number of universities in Rhode Island, including Brown University, Rhode Island College, and Roger Williams University.
Safety in Rhode Island
Violent crime in Rhode Island feels practically non-existent. The rate of 2.27 is well below the national rate of 4.49, and only about 17 non-violent incidents are reports per 1,000 residents. Of the cities in Rhode Island, 70% of them reports zero murders during the last FBI Crime Report. Cumberland, a city housing about 40,000 people, sees almost no crime at all. South Kingstown is much the same.
Buying a Home in Rhode Island
The Rhode Island home market is doing well. Home values of gone up about 4.5% in the last year and are expected to go up about 3% more by March 2020. The current median home value in the state is $282,600, although homes are selling for median prices of $312,000 (about $206 per square foot). On average, Rhode Island homes for sale stay on the market for 117 days.