Worst Small Towns In Rhode Island For 2020


Using science and data, we can tell you which teeny specks in Rhode Island are the pits.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the worst small places to live in Rhode Island.

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Most Americans have never been to Rhode Island. However, as the people who live there know, Rhode Island is an awesome state.

But is it all roses? Definitely not. Just like any other state, Rhode Island has its trouble spots. This article aims to determine, using science, the absolute worst small towns to live in the Ocean State. Don't shoot the messenger, this is all using data.

After analyzing more than 6 of Rhode Island's smallest cities, we came up with this list as the 10 worst small towns in Rhode Island where you'd never want to live:

These are the worst small towns in Rhode Island for 2020:

  1. Chepachet (Photos)
  2. Bradford
  3. Harrisville (Photos)
  4. Pascoag (Photos)
  5. Narragansett Pier (Photos)
  6. Hope Valley (Photos)

So what is the worst small town to call home in rhode island for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Chepachet is the worst small town to live in Rhode Island.

Of course, many of these cities would rank highly if they were in other states, since Rhode Island has its stuff figured out.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers, or scroll to the bottom to see how your town ranked.

And if you already know about the small towns, check out the best places to live in Rhode Island or the worst places to live in Rhode Island.

If you're looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the worst states in America.

The 10 Worst Small Towns In Rhode Island For 2020

Chepachet, RI

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,529
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $232,800 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 3.6% (7th worst)
More on Chepachet:  Data | Photos

Bradford, RI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,432
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $232,000 (3rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 17.8% (1st worst)
More on Bradford:  Data

Harrisville, RI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,348
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $180,700 (1st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 1.5% (9th worst)
More on Harrisville:  Data | Photos

Pascoag, RI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 4,824
Rank Last Year: -
Median Home Value: $217,300 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 5.8% (5th worst)
More on Pascoag:  Data | Photos

Narragansett Pier, RI

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,725
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $515,500 (8th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 5.9% (4th worst)
More on Narragansett Pier:  Data | Photos

Hope Valley, RI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,633
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $248,200 (7th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (6th worst)
More on Hope Valley:  Data | Photos

How do you decide if a place is lousy or not?

In order to rank the worst small towns to live in Rhode Island, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn't a stretch to assume that people like low crime, solid education, things to do and a stable economy.

So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

How we determined the worst small towns to live in Rhode Island for 2020

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data and the Census's 2014-2018 American Community Survey, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (The lower the worse)
  • Highest Unemployment Rates
  • Low housing costs (meaning there's no demand)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
  • Education (Number of high school dropouts)
  • High Crime

We looked at cities with populations between 1,000 and 5,000 people, of which, there were a lot - 6 to be exact.

Additional note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. Dropout numbers are based on the adult population, not just the current graduation rates of teenagers.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased.

There You Have It - The Worst Small Towns In Rhode Island

If you're analyzing teeny places in the Ocean State with the worst economic situations, where there's high crime and there's not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

If you're curious enough, here are the best small towns to live in Rhode Island, according to science:

  1. Pascoag (Pop. 4,824)
  2. Narragansett Pier (Pop. 3,725)
  3. Hope Valley (Pop. 1,633)

For more Rhode Island reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Rhode Island

Rank Town Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Chepachet 1,529 3.6% $232,800
2 Bradford 1,432 17.8% $232,000
3 Harrisville 1,348 1.5% $180,700
4 Pascoag 4,824 5.8% $217,300
5 Narragansett Pier 3,725 5.9% $515,500
6 Hope Valley 1,633 4.7% $248,200

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One thought on “Worst Small Towns In Rhode Island, 2020

  1. Harrisville is not a town. It is one of a number of villages within the town of Burrillville. Therefore it is unfair to judge it in terms of population, income, and economics.

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