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Newport is a city in Newport County, in the Providence-New Bedford metro area.

It is the county seat.

The community was named for Newport, England.

The latitude of Newport is 41.49N. The longitude is -71.313W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 30 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 26,136.

Median household income
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Newport demographic reports
Newport is on Narragansett Bay.
Religious refugees from the Massachusetts Bay Colony settled here in 1639.

Newport was an early trading port for rum, molasses and slaves.

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 114. The number of murders and homicides was 1. The violent crime rate was 4.3 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 3 in the state, June 2001, in the ePodunk Historic Small Towns Index
Filming location for:
· 1994 movie, "True Lies"
· 1974 movie, "The Great Gatsby"
· 2007 movie, "Evening"
· 1997 movie, "Amistad"
Well-known residents have included:
· Edith Wharton, writer
· Van Johnson, actor
· Harry Anderson, actor
Local bands (past and present) have included Cowsills, Throwing Muses
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Panera Bread, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Festa Italiana - Oct. 1-8, 2007
  • Newport Waterfront Irish Festival - Sept. 1-3, 2007
  • PirateFest - May 26, 2007
  • Sunset Music Festival - June 28-July 8, 2007
  • Newport Folk Festival - Aug. 3-5, 2007
  • Cluny Country Fair - Sept. 23, 2007
  • Newport Music Festival - July 6-22, 2007
  • Oktoberfest - Oct. 6-8, 2007
  • International Film Festival - June 5-10, 2007
  • Winter Festival - Feb. 16-25, 2007
  • Bowen's Wharf Seafood Festival - Oct. 13-14, 2007
  • Black Ships Festival - July 19-22, 2007
Dates often change. Check Newport web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Fort Adams State Park
Historic sites and museums: Newport Mansions, Touro Synagogue National Historic Site, Museum of Newport History, International Tennis Hall of Fame, Museum of Yachting
Colleges and universities: Salve Regina University
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 100
One hundred years after the declaration that all men are created equal, there began to gather in Newport a colony of the rich, determined to show that some Americans were more conspicuously more equal than others.
-- America
Alistair Cooke

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Newport demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Newport County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 02840 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

9% of Newport residents report German ancestry, and 23% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Newport ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Newport was $25,441, compared with $21,587 nationally.


41% of Newport residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

Fairs, festivals & other events
Newport festival dates:

Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.

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Historic districts in Newport include Newport Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Newport, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $586.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,362.


Libraries in Newport include Newport Public Library, Redwood Library & Athenaeum ... View libraries


Media outlets

Newspapers in Newport include Newport Daily News

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Newport restaurants taking online reservations include 22 Bowens Wine Bar and Grille, One Bellevue ... View restaurants


The average commute time for Newport workers is 18 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 3 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Newport between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.1 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.


Hotels in Newport include Beech Tree Inn & Cottage, Best Western, Hotel Viking, Hydrangea House Inn, La Farge Perry House, Long Wharf Resort, Mill Street Inn, Motel 6, Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina, Newport Marriott Hotel ... More hotels.


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“ One hundred years after the declaration that all men are created equal, there began to gather in Newport a colony of the rich, determined to show that some Americans were more conspicuously more equal than others. ”
~ America
Alistair Cooke

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