These Are The 10 Happiest Places In Rhode Island

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by Chris Kolmar
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There’s a search that we are all on that dwarfs our job or career search — the search for happiness.

And as we all know, where we live and the job we have can all play a big part in our overall sense of contentment and happiness. For that reason, we took a dive into a the most recent census data to help you identify which places in Rhode Island have the biggest smile of them all.

On our happy data journey, we settled on seven criteria to help determine which Rhode Island places are the happiest. The criteria include things like having insurance, owning a home, and having a job.

As it turns out, life is all rainbows and butterflies in Cumberland Hill, the happiest place in Rhode Island.

Don’t start feeling sad, there’s plenty of happy to go around as life is still pretty sweet in the following “Happiest Places in the Ocean State”:

  1. Cumberland Hill
  2. Valley Falls
  3. Tiverton
  4. Greenville
  5. Warwick
  6. Westerly
  7. Wakefield-Peacedale
  8. Newport East
  9. East Providence
  10. Cranston
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There’s Nothing We’d Rather Do Than Measure Happiness In The Ocean State

There’s a bunch of different studies out there that try to measure what makes people truly happy. And while we all know that money doesn’t buy happiness, it definitely removes anxieties and helps keep you healthy. It’s just that anything past about $70,000 a year doesn’t help as much.

So what else besides money contributes to your happiness? Well we think the following certainly do:

  • Being well educated (Population with at least a bachelor’s degree)
  • Having a job (As measured by the unemployment rate)
  • A short commute to work (God do people hate traffic)
  • Low cost of living
  • Having a family (Getting, and staying married, has a ton of happiness benefits, on average)
  • Owning a home (That’s a big plus)
  • And the poverty rate (Money definitely helps out)

That’s a ton of fun — and happiness — for the whole family, backed by science. The data all comes from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey.

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 16 places in Rhode Island with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 16 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the happiest (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Happiness Index for each place with the lowest overall Index being crowned “Happiest Place In Rhode Island”.

Read on for more happy information about the top ten or skip to the end to see a list of how every places in Rhode Island ranked. Our apologies to Newport which ranked 11th overall and just missed the list.

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1. Cumberland Hill


Population: 8,194 People Who Own Their Home: 81.1%
Married Adults: 58.6%

2. Valley Falls


Population: 12,108 People Who Own Their Home: 66.3%
Married Adults: 51.6%

3. Tiverton


Population: 7,300 People Who Own Their Home: 68.6%
Married Adults: 58.1%

4. Greenville


Population: 8,596 People Who Own Their Home: 75.7%
Married Adults: 44.8%

5. Warwick

Warwick, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 82,065People Who Own Their Home: 67.0%
Married Adults: 48.5%

6. Westerly


Population: 17,984 People Who Own Their Home: 52.9%
Married Adults: 50.2%

7. Wakefield-Peacedale


Population: 8,911 People Who Own Their Home: 66.2%
Married Adults: 50.7%

8. Newport East

Newport East, Rhode Island

Source: Google Maps

Population: 10,953People Who Own Their Home: 44.2%
Married Adults: 48.7%

9. East Providence

East Providence, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 47,166People Who Own Their Home: 52.4%
Married Adults: 43.1%

10. Cranston

Cranston, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 80,680People Who Own Their Home: 61.4%
Married Adults: 46.2%

Detailed List Of Happiest Places In Rhode Island

City Rank Population People Who Own Their Home Married Adults
Cumberland Hill 1 8,194 81.1% 58.6%
Valley Falls 2 12,108 66.3% 51.6%
Tiverton 3 7,300 68.6% 58.1%
Greenville 4 8,596 75.7% 44.8%
Warwick 5 82,065 67.0% 48.5%
Westerly 6 17,984 52.9% 50.2%
Wakefield-Peacedale 7 8,911 66.2% 50.7%
Newport East 8 10,953 44.2% 48.7%
East Providence 9 47,166 52.4% 43.1%
Cranston 10 80,680 61.4% 46.2%
Newport 11 24,599 34.4% 35.3%
Kingston 12 7,136 74.5% 13.7%
Woonsocket 13 41,136 34.2% 39.3%
Pawtucket 14 71,313 38.5% 38.9%
Providence 15 178,562 30.0% 29.1%
Central Falls 16 19,406 22.8% 34.3%