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Kent County, Rhode Island
Map of Rhode Island highlighting Kent County
Location in the state of Rhode Island
Map of the U.S. highlighting Rhode Island
Rhode Island's location in the U.S.
Founded 1750
Seat East Greenwich
Largest city Warwick
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

188 sq mi (487 km²)
170 sq mi (440 km²)
18 sq mi (47 km²), 9.53%
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

170,363
978/sq mi (377.6/km²)
Congressional district 2nd

Kent County is a county located in the U.S. state of Rhode Island. It was formed in 1750 from the southern third of Providence County. As of 2020, the population was 170,363.

Geography[]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 188 square miles (486.9 km2), of which 170 square miles (440.3 km2) is land and 18 square miles (46.6 km2) (9.53%) is water.

Adjacent counties[]

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1790 8,851
1800 8,487 −4.1%
1810 9,834 15.9%
1820 10,228 4.0%
1830 12,789 25.0%
1840 13,083 2.3%
1850 15,068 15.2%
1860 17,303 14.8%
1870 18,595 7.5%
1880 20,588 10.7%
1890 26,754 29.9%
1900 29,976 12.0%
1910 36,378 21.4%
1920 38,269 5.2%
1930 51,390 34.3%
1940 58,311 13.5%
1950 77,763 33.4%
1960 112,619 44.8%
1970 142,382 26.4%
1980 154,163 8.3%
1990 161,135 4.5%
2000 167,090 3.7%
2010 166,158 −0.6%
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As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 167,090 people, 67,320 households, and 44,969 families residing in the county. The population density was 982 people per square mile (379/km²). There were 70,365 housing units at an average density of 414 per square mile (160/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.54% White, 0.93% Black or African American, 0.23% Native American, 1.34% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.65% from other races, and 1.28% from two or more races. 1.69% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 20.1% were of Italian, 18.9% Irish, 11.1% English, 10.1% French, 6.1% French Canadian and 6.1% Portuguese ancestry according to Census 2000. 92.0% spoke English, 1.9% Spanish, 1.5% French, 1.4% Portuguese and 1.1% Italian as their first language.

There were 67,320 households out of which 29.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.70% were married couples living together, 10.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.20% were non-families. 27.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.20% under the age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 30.50% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 15.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 92.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $47,617, and the median income for a family was $57,491. Males had a median income of $40,052 versus $29,130 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,833. About 4.80% of families and 6.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.90% of those under age 18 and 8.10% of those age 65 or over.

Politics[]

Kent County, like most of Rhode Island, has been strongly Democratic for the last half century. In 2016, Donald Trump became the first Republican to win the county since Ronald Reagan in 1984, though Joe Biden was able to bring it back over to the Democratic side four years later in 2020.

United States presidential election results for Kent County, Rhode Island[5]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 42,001 45.12% 49,113 52.76% 1,979 2.13%
2016 38,336 46.72% 37,788 46.05% 5,929 7.23%
2012 31,567 40.00% 45,564 57.73% 1,792 2.27%
2008 33,780 40.18% 48,406 57.58% 1,888 2.25%
2004 33,699 43.19% 42,830 54.90% 1,489 1.91%
2000 25,291 34.42% 43,265 58.89% 4,914 6.69%
1996 19,992 27.95% 41,018 57.35% 10,516 14.70%
1992 25,217 30.59% 35,934 43.60% 21,274 25.81%
1988 34,314 47.79% 37,221 51.84% 266 0.37%
1984 40,427 56.15% 31,352 43.55% 214 0.30%
1980 28,331 39.90% 31,350 44.15% 11,324 15.95%
1976 34,131 48.61% 35,855 51.07% 227 0.32%
1972 40,534 58.19% 29,004 41.64% 115 0.17%
1968 22,493 37.07% 35,609 58.69% 2,576 4.25%
1964 12,297 21.66% 44,476 78.34% 0 0.00%
1960 24,344 44.26% 30,662 55.74% 0 0.00%
1956 31,548 65.94% 16,298 34.06% 0 0.00%
1952 27,745 60.85% 17,824 39.09% 24 0.05%
1948 16,299 51.28% 15,287 48.10% 199 0.63%
1944 13,710 49.27% 14,059 50.52% 57 0.20%
1940 14,790 50.74% 14,333 49.17% 28 0.10%
1936 13,550 48.36% 13,238 47.25% 1,231 4.39%
1932 11,096 50.95% 10,398 47.74% 286 1.31%
1928 11,487 60.44% 7,460 39.25% 58 0.31%
1924 11,100 65.84% 5,429 32.20% 331 1.96%
1920 8,474 69.98% 3,394 28.03% 242 2.00%
1916 4,038 59.39% 2,632 38.71% 129 1.90%
1912 2,170 38.90% 2,030 36.39% 1,379 24.72%
1908 3,617 65.42% 1,700 30.75% 212 3.83%
1904 2,981 60.30% 1,859 37.60% 104 2.10%
1900 2,613 66.19% 1,126 28.52% 209 5.29%
1896 2,817 77.37% 645 17.71% 179 4.92%
1892 2,244 58.81% 1,469 38.50% 103 2.70%
1888 1,988 59.99% 1,261 38.05% 65 1.96%
1884 1,602 62.17% 886 34.38% 89 3.45%
1880 1,759 59.99% 1,153 39.32% 20 0.68%



Cities and towns[]

Map of Kent County, Rhode Island showing cities, towns, and CDPs

See also[]

  • List of Registered Historic Places in Kent County, Rhode Island

References[]

External links[]


Coordinates: 41°41′N 71°35′W / 41.68, -71.58


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