poll: #14 Narragansett: RI’s Best Communities 2013

Wednesday, June 19, 2013


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This strandlike town on the Bay may be the closest thing to California surf culture anywhere in New England, much less Rhode Island. With two of the state's largest, most wave-driven beaches, Narragansett defines itself more than anything by surf, sun, and playing in both. From grand homes in Saunderstown to funky vacation cottages in Bonnet Shores, and with the old-style culture on the Great Salt Pond, this town of just under 16,000 is truly Bay-driven.

Narragansett by the numbers

Established: 1888
Population: 15,868
Median household income: $64,031
Median housing price: $355,000

2013 Best Communities rankings

Overall ranking: 14
Affordability ranking: 37
Education ranking: 6
Economic Condition ranking: 9
Safety ranking: 19
Arts & Culture ranking: 24


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