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poll: #10 Portsmouth: RI’s Best Communities 2013

Thursday, June 20, 2013


What is the best thing about Portsmouth?

This community on Aquidneck Island has a very rich history since its settlement in 1638. It was here where British Commander-in-Chief, General Prescott, was captured by the daring Rhode Island colonel, William Barton during the Revolutionary War. Portsmouth is also the site of Rhode Island’s lone battle in the Revolutionary War: an American victory against the British on Butt’s Hill. Today, Portsmouth is a fully developed community with shops, hotels, golf courses, and numerous marinas.

Portsmouth by the numbers

Established: 1638
Population: 17,389
Median household income: $76,500
Median housing price: $321,250

2013 Best Communities rankings

Overall ranking: 10
Affordability ranking: 29
Education ranking: 10
Economic Condition ranking: 8
Safety ranking: 18
Arts & Culture ranking: 10

Famous residents

Mike Cloud, NFL running back for the Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots, and New York Giants
Chris Cosentino, American chef and cast member of "The Next Iron Chef"
Helen Glover, cast member on Survivor: Thailand and host of the Helen Glover Show on TalkRadio 920 WHJJ
Patrick Kennedy, former U.S. congressman for Rhode Island's First district
Ronald Machtley, former U.S. congressman, President of Bryant University
John Robitaille, Republican nominee for Governor of Rhode Island in 2010
Ryan Westmoreland, baseball player, Boston Red Sox prospect
Ade Bethune, liturgical artist and Catholic Worker
Julia Ward Howe, author of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic"
Anne Hutchinson, founded colony of Rhode Island in 1638
Betty Hutton, American film actress and singer


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