Kent County, Rhode Island

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Kent County
East Greenwich Town Hall, East Greenwich, Rhode Island.jpg
The East Greenwich Town Hall historically served as the Kent County Courthouse
Map of Rhode Island highlighting Kent County.svg
Location within the U.S. state of Rhode Island
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Rhode Island's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 41°42′15″N71°28′46″W / 41.704124°N 71.47953°W / 41.704124; -71.47953
CountryFlag of the United States.svg United States
StateFlag of Rhode Island.svg  Rhode Island
FoundedJune 11, 1750
Named for Kent, England
Seat East Greenwich
Largest city Warwick
Area
  Total188 sq mi (490 km2)
  Land169 sq mi (440 km2)
  Water20 sq mi (50 km2)  10%%
Population
 (2020)
  Total170,363 Increase2.svg
  Density910/sq mi (350/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
  Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 2nd

Kent County is a county located in the U.S. state of Rhode Island. As of the 2020 census, the population was 170,363, [1] making it the second-most populous county in Rhode Island. The county was formed in 1750 from the southern third of Providence County. [2] It was named after the county of Kent, England. [3] Kent County, like other counties in Rhode Island, no longer has governmental functions (other than as court administrative and sheriff corrections boundaries). Kent County is included in the Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which in turn constitutes a portion of the greater Boston-Worcester-Providence, MA-RI-NH-CT Combined Statistical Area.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 188 square miles (490 km2), of which 169 square miles (440 km2) is land and 20 square miles (52 km2) (10%) is water. [4]

Adjacent counties

Major highways

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
1790 8,851
1800 8,487−4.1%
1810 9,83415.9%
1820 10,2284.0%
1830 12,78925.0%
1840 13,0832.3%
1850 15,06815.2%
1860 17,30314.8%
1870 18,5957.5%
1880 20,58810.7%
1890 26,75429.9%
1900 29,97612.0%
1910 36,37821.4%
1920 38,2695.2%
1930 51,39034.3%
1940 58,31113.5%
1950 77,76333.4%
1960 112,61944.8%
1970 142,38226.4%
1980 154,1638.3%
1990 161,1354.5%
2000 167,0903.7%
2010 166,158−0.6%
2020 170,3632.5%
U.S. Decennial Census [5]
1790-1960 [6] 1900-1990 [7]
1990-2000 [8] 2010-2019 [9]

2000 census

As of the census [10] of 2000, there were 167,090 people, 67,320 households, and 44,969 families living in the county. The population density was 982 inhabitants per square mile (379/km2). There were 70,365 housing units at an average density of 414 per square mile (160/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 95.54% White, 0.93% Black or African American, 0.23% Native American, 1.34% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.65% from other races, and 1.28% from two or more races. 1.69% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 20.1% were of Italian, 18.9% Irish, 11.1% English, 10.1% French, 6.1% French Canadian and 6.1% Portuguese ancestry, 92.0% spoke English, 1.9% Spanish, 1.5% French, 1.4% Portuguese and 1.1% Italian as their first language.

There were 67,320 households, out of which 29.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.70% were married couples living together, 10.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.20% were non-families. 27.60% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 23.20% under the age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 30.50% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 15.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $47,617, and the median income for a family was $57,491. Males had a median income of $40,052 versus $29,130 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,833. About 4.80% of families and 6.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.90% of those under age 18 and 8.10% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 166,158 people, 68,645 households, and 43,747 families living in the county. [11] The population density was 985.9 inhabitants per square mile (380.7/km2). There were 73,701 housing units at an average density of 437.3 per square mile (168.8/km2). [12] The racial makeup of the county was 93.4% white, 2.0% Asian, 1.4% black or African American, 0.3% American Indian, 1.0% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 3.2% of the population. [11] The largest ancestry groups were:

Flag of Ireland.svg 26.7% Irish

Flag of Italy.svg 23.2% Italian

Flag of England.svg 17.3% English

Flag of France.svg 16.3% French

Flag of Portugal.svg 8.9% Portuguese

Flag of Germany.svg 7.6% German

State Flag of Poland.svg 4.8% Polish

Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 4.4% French Canadian

Flag of the United States.svg 3.3% American

Flag of Sweden.svg 2.9% Swedish

Flag of Scotland.svg 2.4% Scottish

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 1.7% Scotch-Irish

Flag of Russia.svg 1.4% Russian [13]

Of the 68,645 households, 28.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.1% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 36.3% were non-families, and 29.2% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.98. The median age was 42.7 years. [11]

The median income for a household in the county was $61,088 and the median income for a family was $77,100. Males had a median income of $53,458 versus $41,380 for females. The per capita income for the county was $31,221. About 4.9% of families and 7.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.5% of those under age 18 and 8.6% of those age 65 or over. [14]

Communities

Map of Kent County, Rhode Island showing cities, towns, and CDPs Map of Kent County Rhode Island With Municipal Labels.PNG
Map of Kent County, Rhode Island showing cities, towns, and CDPs

City

Towns

Census-designated place

Other villages

Politics

Kent County, like most of Rhode Island, has been strongly Democratic for the last half century. In 2016, Donald Trump became the first Republican to win the county since Ronald Reagan in 1984, though Joe Biden was able to bring it back over to the Democratic side four years later in 2020.

United States presidential election results for Kent County, Rhode Island [16]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.%No.%No.%
2020 42,00145.12%49,11352.76%1,9792.13%
2016 38,33646.72%37,78846.05%5,9297.23%
2012 31,56740.00%45,56457.73%1,7922.27%
2008 33,78040.18%48,40657.58%1,8882.25%
2004 33,69943.19%42,83054.90%1,4891.91%
2000 25,29134.42%43,26558.89%4,9146.69%
1996 19,99227.95%41,01857.35%10,51614.70%
1992 25,21730.59%35,93443.60%21,27425.81%
1988 34,31447.79%37,22151.84%2660.37%
1984 40,42756.15%31,35243.55%2140.30%
1980 28,33139.90%31,35044.15%11,32415.95%
1976 34,13148.61%35,85551.07%2270.32%
1972 40,53458.19%29,00441.64%1150.17%
1968 22,49337.07%35,60958.69%2,5764.25%
1964 12,29721.66%44,47678.34%00.00%
1960 24,34444.26%30,66255.74%00.00%
1956 31,54865.94%16,29834.06%00.00%
1952 27,74560.85%17,82439.09%240.05%
1948 16,29951.28%15,28748.10%1990.63%
1944 13,71049.27%14,05950.52%570.20%
1940 14,79050.74%14,33349.17%280.10%
1936 13,55048.36%13,23847.25%1,2314.39%
1932 11,09650.95%10,39847.74%2861.31%
1928 11,48760.44%7,46039.25%580.31%
1924 11,10065.84%5,42932.20%3311.96%
1920 8,47469.98%3,39428.03%2422.00%
1916 4,03859.39%2,63238.71%1291.90%
1912 2,17038.90%2,03036.39%1,37924.72%
1908 3,61765.42%1,70030.75%2123.83%
1904 2,98160.30%1,85937.60%1042.10%
1900 2,61366.19%1,12628.52%2095.29%
1896 2,81777.37%64517.71%1794.92%
1892 2,24458.81%1,46938.50%1032.70%
1888 1,98859.99%1,26138.05%651.96%
1884 1,60262.17%88634.38%893.45%
1880 1,75959.99%1,15339.32%200.68%

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Coordinates: 41°41′N71°35′W / 41.68°N 71.58°W / 41.68; -71.58