Glocester #10: RI’s Best Communities 2012

Friday, June 29, 2012


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It's going on ancient, and not the least bit horrible, according to the 2012 rankings. This small town in the quiet western flank of Rhode Island that posts the best Affordability ranking in the state is a 3-time Top 10 Best Community.

Moving from #7 in 2011 to #10 this year, Glocester improved on it strengths in GoLocal's assessment categories, but lost ground in several that now carry more weight in the overall formula. For example, in 2012, Glocester was the most affordable community in Rhode Island, having moved up 2 spots. That's terrific news, particularly as the recession grinds on. Further, Glocester moved up on the Economic Condition ranking, from #26 in 2011 up to #18 this year. Finally, for the second year in a row, Glocester took the #1 spot for Safety, with its low violent and property crime rates. The bad news? Glocester's Education ranking dropped 2 spots--it ties with Foster at the #26 spot for 2012. With education worth more in the overall rankings, this dealt this rural outpost a double-blow this year.

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Glocester by the numbers

Established: 1639
Population: 9,746
Median household income: $79,127
Median housing price: $199,000

2012 Best Communities rankings

Overall ranking: 10
Affordability ranking: 1
Education ranking: 21
Economic condition ranking: 18
Safety ranking: 1
Arts & Culture ranking: 17
Restaurants & Bars ranking: 35

History in a nutshell:

In 1730, there was a major division of the Town of Providence which resulted in the creation of 4 new ones: Providence, Smithfield, Scituate, and Glocester. Glocester, took its name from Frederick Lewis, the Duke of Glocester. Early economic development in the town was based on the industries of farming, coal mining, lumber, and forging. Other types of industry included the manufacturing of hats, cigars, and box making. One of the town’s most popular events is the Ancients and Horribles Parade, held every Independence Day where crowds gather to the tune of about 10,000 people. The Dorr Rebellion of 1841 also began in Glocester.

Famous residents:

Arthur Steere, politician, businessman
Charles J. Fogarty, politician

Famous residents source: Wikipedia

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