Rhode Island, which isn’t an island, is the smallest state in the US. But don’t let its size fool you. From 400 miles of pristine coastline to countless bays and inlets to some of the best beaches on the East Coast, Little Rhody packs quite the punch. Add to the mix its charming seaside towns, awesome cities, famous seafood, and much more, and it’s easy to see why the Ocean State is wicked awesome.

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  1. Things to Consider Before Moving to RI
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Living in Rhode Island: What to Know Before Moving to Rhode Island

Moving to Lil Rhody? If so, you’ll want to look over a few things before heading to the country’s smallest state by size (1,545 square miles) and the 7th smallest state by population (1.06 million).

Pros and Cons of Living in Rhode Island

Pros: 

  • Charming towns and cities: Looking for that quintessential, four-season New England charm? From gorgeous Colonial towns to vibrant cities like Providence, you’ll find that magic here.
  • Short trips: Bordered by Connecticut and Massachusetts, while being less than 50 miles long and 40 miles wide, you can be anywhere in the state within about an hour’s drive.
  • Beautiful beaches and bays: Love the Atlantic Ocean? Love water-based activities? From sunbathing and boating to fishing and waterskiing, Rhode Islanders are spoiled for choice!
  • Wicked awesome food: Along with its famous quahog (a type of clam), the New England state has many other iconic delights like coffee milk, Irish brown bread, doughboys, and more.
  • Stellar airport: Consistently ranked as one of the best in the US, T.F. Green Airport is considered one of the most convenient airports, which is super easy to get to from anywhere in RI.
  • Creative and brainy people: Home to Brown University, part of the Ivy League, Rhode Island attracts and develops some of the brightest minds and creatives in the United States.
  • Awesome education: As mentioned above, the state is home to Brown University, along with an assortment of other highly notable colleges, universities, and K–12 public/private schools.

Cons:

  • Cold, snowy winters: Coming from a more temperate climate? If so, be prepared for frigid weather and a ton of snow. Invest in an assortment of winter coats, gloves, and boots. 
  • Steep taxes: Though the state is the smallest in America, it, unfortunately, has big taxes. State and local taxes are 25% higher than the US average. Property tax is one of the highest, too.
  • Extreme weather: Back to winter – Rhode Islanders are a tough bunch, and that’s because they see some rowdy weather events, like Nor’easters, and have to shovel a ton of snow.
  • High population density: Coming in right behind New Jersey, the New England state is also the second-most densely populated state. This density has led to traffic congestion and overcrowding.
  • Terrible drivers: Okay, it’s debatable which state has the absolute worst drivers, but it’s undeniable that Little Rhody is home to some of the most horrendous motorists in the US.
  • Wacky laws: Every American state has them, and Rhode Island is no exception. For instance, it’s illegal to toss pickle juice on a trolley. Also, you aren’t allowed to coast downhill in neutral.

Tax Rates

  • Property Tax: 1.66%. The effective real-estate tax rate is #42.
  • Sales Tax: Rhode Island’s base state sales tax rate is currently 7%.
  • Income Tax: 3.75–5.99%. The state has a progressive income tax code.

Housing Market

To Rent or Buy? Overall, it is a cheaper option to rent rather than buy a home in Rhode Island. The median monthly mortgage payment is $1,803, while the median monthly rent is $957. That’s a difference of $846 per month or $10,152 per year.

  • Median Home Value: $300,800
  • Median Rental Expense: $971 (1BR), $1,174 (2BR)

Cheapest Places to Live in Rhode Island:

  1. Pascoag
  2. Valley Falls
  3. Chepachet
  4. Cumberland Hill
  5. Warwick
  6. Bradford
  7. Hope Valley
  8. Cranston
  9. Tiverton
  10. East Providence

Cost of Living

According to the Cost of Living in Rhode Island by BestPlaces, Rhode Island has a cost of living index of 110.6. This index is higher than the nationwide average of 100.

Utilizing EPI’s Family Budget Calculator, we can compare the average monthly costs in three Rhode Island cities. We’ll use a family of four (2 adults + 2 children) for these examples.

Providence/Fall River Metro Area:

  1. Housing = $1,014
  2. Food = $798
  3. Childcare = $1,659
  4. Transportation = $1,112
  5. Healthcare = $793
  6. Other necessities = $731
  7. Taxes = $901
  8. Grand total = $7,008 per month or $84,095 per year

Kingston (Washington County):

  1. Housing = $1,143
  2. Food = $954
  3. Childcare = $1,496
  4. Transportation = $1,249
  5. Healthcare = $786
  6. Other necessities = $846
  7. Taxes = $982
  8. Grand total = $7,455 per month or $89,465 per year

Jamestown (Newport County):

  1. Housing = $1,365
  2. Food = $847
  3. Childcare = $1,699
  4. Transportation = $1,196
  5. Healthcare = $786
  6. Other necessities = $893
  7. Taxes = $1,073
  8. Grand total = $7,858 per month or $94,300 per year

Weather & Natural Disasters

The state of Rhode Island experiences a humid continental climate. This results in cold, snowy winters and warm to hot summers. Sharing a border with Massachusetts and Connecticut, the smallest states in America is situated along the Atlantic Ocean and in the southeastern portion of New England.

Climate Statistics:

  1. Average rainfall: 50 inches
  2. Average snowfall: 35 inches
  3. Sunshine: 202 sunny days
  4. Summer high: 82°F (July)
  5. Winter low: 19°F (January)

Rhode Island has several natural disaster risks, including Nor’easters and flooding. To learn more, check out the State of Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency’s Threats & Hazards resource.

Natural Disaster – Threats & Risks:

  1. Nor’easters
  2. Hurricanes & Tropical Storms
  3. Severe Winter Weather
  4. Blizzards
  5. Flooding
  6. High Winds
  7. Extreme Heat
  8. Wildfires
  9. Thunderstorms
  10. Tornadoes
  11. Earthquakes

Economy & Job Market

According to Economy Rankings by US News & World Report, Rhode Island is currently ranked #20 in the nation. This score is based on three subcategories: the business environment (#11), employment (#33), and growth (#27). Its GDP is approximately $59.3 billion, and the median annual income is $33,511.

Top Industries:

  1. Healthcare
  2. Leisure & Hospitality
  3. Retail Trade
  4. Education
  5. Manufacturing
  6. Administrative & Waste Services
  7. Finance & Insurance
  8. Professional & Technical Services
  9. Construction
  10. Wholesale Trade
  11. Information
  12. Transportation & Warehousing

Top Employers:

  1. CVS Health (Woonsocket, 204,000 employees)
  2. Textron (Providence, 36,000 employees)
  3. Citizens Bank (Providence, 17,300 employees)
  4. APC by Schneider Electric (South Kingstown, 12,000 employees)
  5. Nortek (Providence, 11,400 employees)
  6. United Natural Foods (Providence, 9,550+ employees)
  7. Rhode Island Hospital (Providence, 7,275 employees)
  8. Hasbro (Pawtucket, 5,400 employees)
  9. FM Global (Johnston, 5,170 employees)
  10. University of Rhode Island (Kingston, 4,830 employees)
  11. Johnson & Wales University (Providence, 4,300 employees)
  12. ACS Industries (Lincoln, 4,200 employees)
  13. RI Catholic (Providence, 4,000 employees)
  14. Ocean State Job Lot (North Kingstown, 4,000 employees)
  15. Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, 3,000 employees)
  16. Amica Mutual Insurance (Lincoln, 3,000 employees)
  17. Providence College (Providence, 3,000 employees)
  18. Women & Infants (Providence, 2,800 employees)
  19. The Providence Journal (Providence, 2,500 employees)
  20. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (Providence, 1,930 employees)

Looking for work in Rhode Island? Here are some handy resources:

  1. RIjobs.com page: RI Jobs.com – Work Closer. Work Happier.
  2. Job search: Indeed, LinkedIn, CollegeRecruiter, CareerBuilder
  3. Resume help: Monster, TopResume, ResumeRobin

Traffic and Transportation

Rhode Island is a tiny state, but that doesn’t mean you’re limited in ways to get around the state. Due to its size, mass transit is efficient. For the ultimate freedom, however, we do suggest that you have access to a vehicle (especially if you’d like to visit NYC, Boston, and other relatively nearby cities).

Major Forms of Transportation:

  1. Airports (including Theodore Francis Green State Airport)
  2. Rail (Amtrak’s Acela Express, etc.)
  3. Intercity Buses (Rhode Island Transportation Authority or RIPTA)
  4. Charter Buses (Greyhound, Bonanza Bus Lines, MegaBus)
  5. Ferry (Martha’s Vineyard Fast Ferry, Block Island Ferry, etc.)
  6. Taxi & Limousine Services
  7. Personal vehicles
  8. Car Rentals
  9. Bicycles
  10. Ridesharing (Uber, Lyft, etc.)

Primary Interstate Highways:

  • Interstate 95: At more than 43 miles in length, I-95 is the longest (and most important) interstate highway in Rhode Island. It runs south-north from North Stonington, CT to Attleboro, MA.
  • Interstate 195: This section of interstate highway travels for less than four miles in the state. I-195 goes from US-6 junction in Providence in the west to Seekonk, MA, in the east.
  • Interstate 295: Also called the Providence Beltway, I-295 is an auxiliary interstate highway. It travels a length of nearly 23 miles from Warwick, RI in the south to Attleboro, MA, in the north.

According to Best and Worst States to Drive In by WalletHub, Rhode Island ranks #45 in the United States. This ranking is based on four subcategories: cost of ownership & maintenance (#45), traffic & infrastructure (#47), safety (#1), and access to vehicles & maintenance (#46).

Things to Do

Tourist Destinations:

The Ocean State is home to rich American history and natural attractions.

  • Water Providence Art Installation: Considered one of the top 20 events in North America, this modern art display of floating bonfires and music takes place during May and October.
  • International Tennis Hall of Fame: Fan of tennis? This Newport museum is the spot for you! It houses an extensive collection of displays, rackets, balls, and 13 full-size tennis courts that see active use.
  • Roger Williams Park Zoo: The popular attraction (home to 100+ species, a museum of history, and the biggest indoor botanical garden in New England) attracts 500K visitors annually.
  • Walk the Newport Cliffs: Situated along the eastern shore of Newport, this world-famous path stretches for approximately 3.5 miles. Enjoy views epic views seaside and grand mansions.
  • Rhode Island Beaches: With 400 miles of coastline, the state has some of the best beaches in New England – possibly the best – from relaxing suntanning spots to cool surf beaches.

Food & Drink:

Rhode Island has delicious food, drinks, and treats! Here are the top picks:

  • Top All-You-Can-Eat: Nordic Lodge (Charlestown)
  • Top Bar: Cook & Brown Public House (Providence)
  • Top Beach Bar: The Coast Guard House (Narragansett)
  • Top Beer: Captain’s Daughter, Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island (Westerly)
  • Top Brunch: Nick’s on Broadway (Providence)
  • Top Burger: Mission (Newport)
  • Top Chocolate Shop: Sweenor’s Chocolates (Cranston)
  • Top Coffee Shop: The Shop (Providence)
  • Top Farmers Market: South Kingstown Farmers Market (Kingstown)
  • Top Food Truck: Rocket Fine Street Food (Providence)

State Parks:

Want to explore Rhode Island’s natural beauty? Consider these popular state parks:

  • Colt State Park: Enjoy stunning views of the Upper Bay from this Bristol park.
  • Beavertail Lighthouse: Located in Jamestown, this is American’s 3rd lighthouse, built in 1856.
  • Brenton Point State Park: This Newport park features amazing ocean views and hiking.
  • Lincoln Woods State Park: Hiking and biking trails criss-cross this 627-acre park outside of Lincoln. In the warmer months, adventurers can paddle the waters of Olney Pond.
  • Rocky Point State Park: Picturesque views and beaches are the hallmarks of this Warwick park.

Museums:

There are some great museums in Rhode Island. Here are the Top 5 picks:

  • Lizzie Borden House: Explore the sight of the infamous Lizzie Borden murders.
  • Newport Car Museum: This museum houses classics from American Muscle to Italian supercars.
  • The Breakers: Explore one of the finest “summer cottages” in Newport, RI.
  • Nat’l Museum of American Illustration: Housed in Vernon Court, a mansion dating back to 1800, this museum exclusively features American illustration artwork.
  • Thames Glass: Offers glassblowing classes and a beautiful collection of pieces.

Cool & Unusual:

Looking for something off the beaten path in Rhode Island? Check out:

  • Providence Athenaeum: A favorite of H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe, the library (also called “The Ath”) dates back to the 19th century and houses literary gems and artwork.
  • Enchanted Forest: Now abandoned, this fairytale-themed park is in the small town of Hopkinton, RI. Features of this privately owned property include a bumper car course and an overgrown mini-golf course.
  • H.P. Lovecraft House & Grave: You’ll find this horror author’s home (which was featured in his popular story The Haunter of the Dark) and final resting place in Providence.
  • Musée Patamécanique: As a mix between a cabinet of curiosities and an automation theater, the “hidden museum” changes location within a six-block area of downtown Bristol.
  • Green Animals Topiary Garden: Last but not least, we conclude with America’s oldest and most northern topiary garden, filled with elephants, unicorns, and other enchanting figures.

Schools and Universities

Ranked #11 among states with the best schools by USA Today, Rhode Island boasts the 10th highest public-school funding in America (at $15,002 per pupil). It also has the 12th highest concentration of adults with bachelor’s degrees or higher. As for higher education, the tiny state is home to several notable colleges and universities, including Brown University (an Ivy League institution).

Top RI Colleges:

  1. Brown University (Providence)
  2. University of Rhode Island (Kingston)
  3. Providence College (Providence)
  4. Bryant University (Smithfield)
  5. Salve Regina University (Newport)
  6. Roger Williams University (Bristol)
  7. Johnson & Wales University (Providence)
  8. Rhode Island College (Providence)
  9. New England Institute of Technology (East Greenwich)
  10. Rhode Island School of Design (Providence)

Top RI Public School Districts:

  1. Barrington Public Schools (Barrington)
  2. East Greenwich Public Schools (East Greenwich)
  3. Narragansett School System (Narragansett)
  4. North Kingstown School District (North Kingstown)
  5. Portsmouth School District (Portsmouth)
  6. Exeter-West Greenwich Regional School District (West Greenwich)
  7. New Shoreham School District (Block Island)
  8. Lincoln Public Schools (Lincoln)
  9. South Kingstown School District (Wakefield)
  10. Chariho Regional School District (Wood River Junction)

How to Become a Rhode Island Resident

Becoming an official resident of Rhode Island offers several advantages (especially when it comes to taxes and tuition purposes). In general, a resident is someone domiciled in the state and maintains a place of residence (while spending 183 days or more in Rhode Island).

However, you must do more to show your intent to live in the state permanently. Proof of intent includes:

  1. Buying a home or sign a long-term lease
  2. Severing times with former state or territory
  3. Opening bank account(s) in the state
  4. Gaining employment in Rhode Island
  5. Obtaining a new RI driver’s license
  6. Titling and registering vehicles here
  7. Registering to vote in the state
  8. Filing Rhode Island state taxes
  9. Enrolling children in a local school district

As for in-state tuition and financial aid, make sure to research the residency requirements of each institution in which you’re interested. Colleges and universities follow their own set of criteria.

Moving to Rhode Island DMV

Acquiring a new driver’s license:

After moving to the state, new residents have 30 days to get a RI driver’s license.

Steps to getting a new license:

  1. Move to the state of Rhode Island.
  2. Complete and sign License/ID/Permit Application.
  3. Visit a local RI DMV location.
  4. Provide required documents (refer to License/ID/Permit Application).
  5. If the license is expired for more than one year: must apply for Instruction Permit. The state will require you to take both knowledge and road tests.
  6. Pass a vision screening.
  7. Have a photo taken.
  8. Pay applicable fees.
  9. The initial license will be valid for two years.

Note: Beginning in October 2020, a resident of Rhode Island will be required to present a REAL ID to board a commercial flight.

Vehicle registration:

New RI residents must register an out-of-state vehicle within 30 days. Here are the requirements to register a car, truck, SUV, or another vehicle in Rhode Island:

  1. Complete and sign Application for Registration.
  2. Complete and sign Sales or Use Tax Exemption Certificate form.
  3. Complete and sign Sales Tax Exemption Affidavit.
  4. Visit a local RI DMV location.
  5. Provide required documents (refer to Application for Registration).
  6. Car insurance (minimum liability) is mandatory.
  7. You must have a vehicle inspection performed within five days of registration.
  8. For a car model year 2001 or newer, you must have the title to register the vehicle.
  9. All owners must be present during registration. If not, a signed and notarized Application of Registration from the absent party will suffice.
  10. Out-of-state vehicles require a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) test.
  11. If leased, must supply lien holder info and have the title sent to RI DMV.
  12. Pay applicable fees.

To qualify to vote, you must be:

  1. A citizen of the United States
  2. A resident of Rhode Island
  3. 18 years or older on election day
  4. Not under felony conviction or sentence
  5. Not disqualified due to court order

Rhode Island allows same-day registration (only for presidential elections) and online voter registration. The state does not permit early voting or no-excuse absentee voting. On election day, RI voters must show a valid photo ID at the polls. The state does not require proof of citizenship.

*Convicted felons in Rhode Island can have their voting restored via one of two ways: submit a new voter registration form or notify a local board of canvassers in writing.

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Best Places to Live in Rhode Island

This tiny state may be small on land size, but it does not lack when it comes to great places to live.

Barrington

Population: 16,300
Median Home Value: $449,100
Region: Northern/Central Rhode Island

We start our tour of Rhode Island in the residential town of Barrington. Nestled on the eastern edge of Narragansett Bay, approximately only ten miles southeast of Providence, Barrington is the #1 place to raise a family in the state. Around 89% of residents own their homes, and public schools are highly rated.

Home to stellar schools, beautiful homes, welcoming community, and great career opportunities, Barrington is understandably one of the most desirable areas in which to live. So much so that The Crazy Tourist named it their #1 choice among the Top 15 places to live in Rhode Island. As a suburb of the state’s capital city, Barrington also offers a quick commute (less than 20 minutes) to Providence, RI.

  • Top public schools serving Barrington, RI: Barrington High School, Nayatt School, Barrington Middle School, Hampden Meadows School, and Sowams Elementary School
  • Top private schools: St. Andrews School, Barrington Christian Academy, St. Luke Elementary School, Red Brick Nursery School, and Montessori Centre of Barrington

Have a family or planning on raising one soon? Barrington should be at the top of your list!

Cranston

Population: 81,000
Median Home Value: $269,800
Region: Northern/Central Rhode Island

Next stop on our tour, we land in Cranston. Previously known as Pawtuxet, the city of less than 85,000 is the third-largest city in Rhode Island. It’s consistently ranked as one of the best cities to live not only in the state but the nation. Approximately 66% of residents are homeowners, and the public schools are above average.

As one of the most livable cities in New England, Cranston offers proximity to work and play opportunities in Providence, while providing a higher quality of living than the capital city. Along with short commute times, the city also offers higher median incomes, lower crime rates, and higher employment rates, good education, great diversity, and a wide variety of recreational facilities, such as two municipal ice rinks, two state parks (including Meshanticut State Park), and two stadiums.

  • Top public schools: Stone Hill School, Hope Highlands Middle School, Orchard Farms Elementary School, Garden City School, and Edward S. Rhodes School.
  • Top private schools: Immaculate Conception Catholic Regional School, St. Mary Elementary School, St. Paul School, and Pumpkin Patch Early Learning Center.
  • Top colleges: Paul Mitchell The School – Rhode Island and Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy – Cranston.

If you’re in search of a Rhode Island city geared towards families, you can’t go wrong with Cranston.

Providence

Population: 180,400
Median Home Value: $236,000
Region: Northern/Central Rhode Island

Providence, the capital and most populous city in Rhode Island, is the hub for the entire state. As one of the top 50 cities for young professionals in America, Providence offers amazing opportunities and amenities. 65% of residents rent their homes, and the public schools are rated average.

Named in honor of “God’s merciful Providence,” the city was founded all the back in 1636 by Roger Williams. It has since grown to become the heart of Rhode Island (and arguably the heart of New England). Home to acclaimed Brown University, it’s a vibrant and diverse place to live, work, study, and play. On top of that, the foodie scene here – it’s home to Capriccio, birch, etc. – is wicked awesome!

As with every major city and capital, Providence isn’t without its issues. There’s definitely room for improvement in terms of crime rates and the housing market. Overall, though, Providence is a fast-growing city that offers amazing opportunities.

Top public schools: Classical High School, Achievement First Providence Mayoral Academy Elementary, Times2 Academy, Metropolitan Career Tech Center, and Paul Cuffee Charter School. Top private school: The Wheeler School, Moses Brown School, Lincoln School, La Salle Academy, and School One. Top colleges: Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence College, Johnson & Johnson University – Providence, and Rhode Island College.

Top neighborhoods: Blackstone, Fox Point, Hope, Wayland, and College Hill.

If you want to live at the center of all the action, the City of Providence is the ultimate pick!

Warwick

Population: 82,000
Median Home Value: $242,700
Region: Northern/Central Rhode Island

Located less than 13 miles south of Providence, we make our way to the City of Warwick. The second most populous city in Rhode Island, situated in Kent County, is one of the best places for retirees. 72% of residents own their homes, and the public schools are considered average to above average.

Currently ranked as one of the safest cities in the United States, Warwick is proud of its history – it was the location of the Gaspee Affair back in 1772, which helped spark the American Revolution. It’s also a highly attractive coastal city and home to the state’s main airport, T.F. Green Airport. And talk about a central location! It’s super close to Narragansett, Providence, and Newport.

  • Top public schools: Block Island School, Scott School, Sherman School, Warwick Neck School, and Cedar Hill School
  • Top private schools: Rocky Hill County Day School, Bishop Hendricken High School, St. Rose of Lima School, Saint Kevin School, and St. Peter School
  • Top colleges: Community College of Rhode Island and Empire Beauty School – Warwick

Want to enjoy your golden years in a more urban setting? Put Warwick at the top of your list.

East Greenwich

Population: 13,100
Median Home Value: $478,500
Region: Southern Rhode Island

Traveling to the southern portion of Rhode Island, we first stop in East Greenwich. This top suburb of the state (#2, in fact) is a highly sought-after and affluent town. 77% of residents are homeowners, and the public schools are highly rated.

Known for its renowned school district, downtown area, and waterfront attractions, East Greenwich has a quintessential waterfront charm. Speaking of the downtown area, Downtown East Greenwich Historic District offers topnotch shopping and cuisine. The town is also home to some of the most charming homes in America, and it recently received the Best In American Living Award for its cottages!

Top public schools: East Greenwich High School, Frenchtown School, Meadowbrook Farms School, Archie R. Cole Middle School, and James H. Eldredge Elementary School. Top private schools: Our Lady of Mercy Regional School, The Stork’s Nest Child Academy – East Greenwich, The Village Lower School, Montessori of Greenwich Bay, and A Step Up Preschool & Kindergarten.

As one of the best suburbs in Rhode Island, East Greenwich is perfect for those looking to live amongst some of the finest marinas, cottages, and waterfront living in the nation.

Jamestown

Population: 5,500
Median Home Value: $661,300
Region: Southern Rhode Island

Next, we check out the small town of Jamestown. Found in Newport County, between Buzzards Bay and Block Island Sound, Jamestown is considered the #1 place to retire in all of Rhode Island. 82% of residents own their homes, and the public schools are highly ranked.

Offering luxurious waterfront living, Jamestown is almost entirely on Conanicut Island (the second biggest island in Narragansett Bay). Only one mile west of Newport and 25 miles south of Providence, the small town offers convenient access to work, cultural, educational, and play opportunities. If you’re in search of awesome East Coast island life, this is the spot!

Are you looking for the best K–12 education in Jamestown, RI? The top public schools include Melrose School and Lawn School. There are also several educational options in Newport (see below).

Want to escape the hustle and bustle? If you’re looking to retire soon, Jamestown is an appealing choice as the best place to enjoy your golden years in the state of Rhode Island.

Kingston

Population: 6,800
Median Home Value: $375,500
Region: Southern Rhode Island

As the penultimate pick, we take a look at the charming village of Kingston. It’s a census-designated place (CDP) in the town of South Kingstown, and Kingston is ranked as the #1 place to live in Rhode Island by several publications. 72% of residents are homeowners, and the public schools are highly rated.

As the home of the University of Rhode Island (URI), Kingston offers a great college-town atmosphere and topnotch educational opportunities. It has a median age of just 20 years, keeping the area youthful and vibrant. Along with plenty of stuff to do, sandy beaches, great nightlife, and a stone’s throw away from other popular regions of the state, Kingston easily claims the #1 spot on both HomeSnacks’ list of 10 best places to live in Rhode Island for 2020 and Niche’s ranking of the best places to live in RI!

  • Top public schools: Peace Date School, Broad Rock Middle School, Curtis Corner Middle School, South Kingstown High School, and West Kingston School
  • Top private schools: Meadowbrook Waldorf School and Child Development Center at the University of Rhode Island
  • Top college: University of Rhode Island

Are you looking for a youthful, close-knit community that is also the top-ranked place to live in the state? You’ve just found it in Kingston, RI!

Newport

Population: 25,000
Median Home Value: $515,100
Region: Southern Rhode Island

We conclude our adventure through the state of Rhode Island in Newport. Nestled in Newport County, the city of approximately 25,000 is a popular New England summer destination. 60% of residents rent their homes, and the public schools are above average.

Known for its sailing history and gilded mansions, Newport (also known as “The Point) offers a prime location, historic architecture, active waterfront (as well as one of the oldest), high walkability, tranquil waterfront parks, and convenient water access for a plethora of water sports and boating recreation. The cute city also has low crime, great food, Tennis Hall of Fame, and some pretty solid schools.

  • Top public schools: Rogers High School, Frank E. Thompson Middle School, and Clairborne Pell Elementary School
  • Top private schools: St. Michael’s Country Day School
  • Top colleges: Salve Regina University and IYRS School of Technology & Trades

Are you pining for that quintessential harbor life in one of Rhode Island’s most acclaimed waterfront cities? If so, New England living doesn’t get much better than in Newport, RI.


How to Move to Rhode Island State

8 to 12 Weeks Before Moving Day

  • First thing’s first – plan: Moving doesn’t have to be so painful. To enjoy a drama-free moving experience, you’ll want to start at least 8–12 weeks before your desired moving date. This planning will give you plenty of time to properly plan and perform your RI relocation.
  • Hire RI moving company: To start, compare 3–5 candidates. Make sure each one is fully licensed and insured for your type of relocation. Hire a company ASAP for the best rates and availability. Great Guys makes the process a breeze. Contact us today for a seamless transition.
  • Notify important parties: Don’t be the person who forgets to tell everyone about an upcoming move. Rent? Give your landlord a heads up to avoid issues with reference and deposit. Own? Use a real estate pro for a successful sale or rental. Don’t forget neighbors, friends, and family.
  • Declutter: Also known as purging, this process can save a ton of space and money. To begin, take inventory of your household. Next, one room at a time, sort through belongings. Decide which stuff you want to pack and what you want to discard — label, bag or place in piles accordingly.
  • Donate, sell, recycle: Sorted everything out? Great! Now it’s time to find new homes for your disused items. You can either sell (online or yard sale), donate to charity, or recycle.
  • Tour your new community: If doable, this is the best way to get to know your new town or city. Take in the sights and see what the area has to offer: work, schools, stores, events, etc.
  • Prepare kids: Moving can be disruptive for children. To help them, explain the change via story or playtime. Be kind and patient. Also, try to maintain normal routines as much as possible.

4 to 6 Weeks to Go

  • Begin packing: Packing yourself? If so, give yourself plenty of time to do so. Get your hands on quality boxes, tape, and other moving supplies. When packing, try not to mix items from different rooms. Tape and label. Need a hand? We can find you a cheap packing service.
  • Change your address: This can be done online at USPS.com. You can also visit the local post office. Remember to update information for any online services, box subscriptions, and so on.
  • Transfer medical records and prescriptions: Make sure to transfer other important records like school transcripts. Also, don’t forget to have more than enough prescriptions/meds on hand.
  • Disconnect and activate services: These include electricity, water, gas, internet, cable, and so on. Schedule utilities to be disconnected the day after you move away. About a month out, schedule activation of new services by the time you are ready to move into your new home.

2 Weeks Out

  • Service vehicle: Planning on driving to your new place? Take your vehicle in for inspection and service. Don’t forget an oil change, tire rotation, A/C check, and any other needed services.
  • Book cleaning services: For an amazing showing (or to keep a landlord happy), hire professionals for a deep cleaning. If possible, have them come in right after the movers have finished up.
  • Schedule pet transport: Sometimes, it’s just not possible for furry friends to travel with you directly. Fortunately, there are services for this situation. The same goes for any prized plants.
  • Throw a moving sale: Do you still need to get rid of some items? A moving sale offers several benefits: find new homes for old stuff, make some extra cash, and catch up with the neighborhood.
  • Check insurance: Get a hold of your insurer and moving company to go over current coverage and potential options. Accidents and damages happen all the time. Better safe than sorry.
  • Safeguard little ones on moving day: You’ll be distracted. Plus, doors will be open. To protect pets and children, schedule a babysitter, childcare, or pet care on the hectic day.
  • Celebrate your move: Take the time to commemorate with family and friends. Throw a party, plan a group outing, schedule luncheons, or have quality one-on-one time. Whatever you do, make sure that you say your goodbyes with the ones you love the most. Make it count!

Moving Week

  • Finalize packing: At this point, you should be pretty close to done. If so, now is the perfect time to create an essentials box. Also known as a ‘first-night’ box, you should include everything you’ll need for the first day or so: meds, toiletries, bedding, clothes, hand tools, toys, and so on.
  • Confirm with moving company: About a week out, contact your movers. Confirm arrival time, exchange contact info for on-road communication, and ask any last-minute questions.
  • Confirm travel arrangements: Are you flying? Double-check flight itinerary and luggage restrictions. Driving? Go over vehicle condition, driving route, and any accommodations.
  • Get rest: It’s not exactly ideal to stay up late or party the night before moving day. For a good start: stay in, relax, eat healthy, hydrate, and get plenty of quality sleep. You’ll be thankful!

Moving Day

  • Communicate with movers: Moving day is here! If doable, physically meet up with moving crew. This meeting will go a long way in terms of making sure everyone is on the same page.
  • Offer snacks: Now, you’re not obligated to do this, but it can act as a boost to morale. If inclined, provide bottled water and a light snack. It’s a nice gesture that will be appreciated.
  • Perform a walkthrough: Once the moving crew has done their job, take this opportunity to tour your old place one last time. Keep an eye out for any unnoticed items and messes.
  • Enjoy the moment: This doesn’t mean you have to meditate (of course, if you want to, go ahead!). Just remember to savor the journey and not just the destination. Good luck!

Quality Moving Services from Rhode Island Movers

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Long Distance Moves

An interstate move doesn’t have to be so stressful. Fortunately, we make it super simple to hire fully-vetted long-distance movers so that you can experience a seamless transition to your new home.

Intrastate & Local Moves

On your way to Providence? Maybe Kingston? Wherever you’re headed, we’ve got the perfect fit for your relocation. Enjoy highly-rated local moving services at a price that will make you smile.

International Moves

Headed overseas? There’s a lot to cover. From customs clearance to visas, you need an expert in your corner. We can connect you with an international moving service that will guide you through it all.

Small Load Moves

Moving out of a 1BR apartment, studio or college dorm? Don’t think you can afford moving services? Think again! Our small-load movers are cheap and quick. Enjoy the time saved on something fun!

Furniture Shipments

Whether you have a few fragile pieces or an entire household of bulky furniture, our network of furniture shippers is ready to assist. They come with the right tools, know-how, and experience.

Piano Transport

From heirloom organs to concert grands, our piano movers pay attention to every last detail. Breathe a sigh of relief as they carefully transport your cherished instrument to its new home or venue.

Art Shipping & Transport

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Storage

Remodeling? Traveling the world? Need to stash a few special belongings? In any case, you need safe and secure storage. Contact us today for the perfect short-term or long-term storage solution.

Last Minute & Short Notice Moves

Facing an abrupt move? Great Guys is here to help. There can be many reasons – a new job, eviction, budding relationship. In any case, we can hook you up with last-minute movers in your area ASAP.

Residential Moves

Moving into a new household? Awesome! Now, the fun part. We know how stressful all the logistics can be. That’s why we make it super easy to book qualified, reputable residential movers in Rhode Island.

Packing Services

Ah, packing. Does anybody really like doing it? Plus, work and life tend to get in the way. From partial packing to full-service packing services, our professional packers are always ready to lend a hand!

Commercial and Office Moves

Whether you’re facing an upcoming retail expansion or office relocation, you can’t afford undue delays or downtime. For a bump-free transition, allow us to connect you with top-tier commercial movers.

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