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 7 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:
- Watch Hill
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.
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 crunched the numbers
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 American Community Survey, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 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 100 and 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 7 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.
Population: 416 Median Income: $59,250
Median Home Value: $524,300
Population: 754 Median Income: $94,333
Median Home Value: $278,800
Population: 728 Median Income: $86,333
Median Home Value: $254,700
Population: 909 Median Income: $100,368
Median Home Value: $228,200
Population: 639 Median Income: $59,688
Median Home Value: $804,700
Population: 402 Median Income: $57,955
Median Home Value: $652,300
7. Watch Hill
Population: 167 Median Income: $81,765
Median Home Value: $781,300
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.
- Best: Watch Hill
- 2nd Best: Weekapaug
- 3rd Best: Quonochontaug
For more reading, check out:
Ranking Of The 100 Worst Small Towns In Rhode Island