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Living a College Town Lifestyle in Kingston, Rhode_Island

Looking for a small town community that is near some of the best, most uncrowded beaches in America? A charming New England town that has its own Amtrak stop? Or one that has a major university, the University of Rhode Island? Look no further: Kingston, Rhode Island, is all of that and more.

The entire state of Rhode Island is surprisingly undiscovered. It has the most seacoast per capita of any state. Kingston is conveniently close to New York and Boston, along with its own dynamic capital, Providence. Newport, just down the road from Kingston, is one of the top tourist destinations in the country. Yet hardly anyone lives here, so prices are reasonable and overcrowding not an issue.  This town is an excellent choice for individuals who want to live in a small and interesting university town.

Kingston, (population 5,000) is actually an unincorporated village in the town of South Kingston. The Kingston Village Historic District has 38 buildings listed due to its stock of handsome Federal, Greek Revival, and Late Victorian architecture. The University has 11,000 students, which bring considerable life and diversity to the town. Kingston is the county seat of Washington County

Where to Retire in Kingston and Home Prices

Housing choices available to active adults include the restored historic homes in the central village. There are other nice homes close to town. There is at least one new luxury condominium development in the area. There are also assisted living facilities nearby. The Kingston downtown area is small but interesting. According to Zillow, the median home value was $521,795, in early 2022.

What Is Special about Kingston

Kingston is home to the University of Rhode Island, the Dr. Everett Christopher Memorial Arboretum, URI Botanical Gardens, Pettaquamscutt Historical Society, Kingston Village Historical District, and many gorgeous beaches.

What Is Not Special about Kingston

Traffic in season can clog the main road through town. It is not inexpensive.

Climate and Physical Environment

The area experiences a 4 season climate. Water is just about everywhere - Rhode Island is surrounded by ocean, bays, and lakes. The area is low and gently rolling.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The university is the major cultural draw in the area. Antiquing is good in the area. Nearby Providence and Newport offer many cultural opportunities.


The crime rate in Kingston is well lower than both the Rhode Island and the U.S. averages.

Medical Facilities

South County Hospital is 4 miles away in Wakefield


Green Airport is 18 miles away in Providence. Amtrak has a stop in Kingston

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