poll: #19 Lincoln: RI’s Best Communities 2013

Wednesday, June 19, 2013


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In previous years, this Blackstone Valley town grabbed the national spotlight as a desirable place to "Live and Launch," as CNN/Money Magazine put it in 2008, when it placed Lincoln in its Top 100 nationally. Nowadays, the coverage of this rural/suburban hybrid up Route 146 from Providence has centered on the future of gambling. With Twin River facing the unwelcome competition of full casinos just north in Massachusetts, it's anyone's bet as to what financial winds may buffet this up-and-comer.

Lincoln by the numbers

Established: 1650
Population: 21,105
Median household income: $74,136
Median housing price: $222,500

2013 Best Communities rankings

Overall ranking: 19
Affordability ranking: 15
Education ranking: 18
Economic Condition ranking: 27
Safety ranking: 28
Arts & Culture ranking: 12

Famous residents

Edward Harris, industrialist, builder of the first public library in RI, state representative and anti-slavery candidate for Governor
Clem Labine, Major League Baseball relief pitcher


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