Kingston : Rhode island


What It Is Like to Retire in Kingston

Looking for a small town retirement community that is near some of the best, most uncrowded beaches in America? A charming New England town that has its own Amtrak stop? Or one that has a major university, the University of Rhode Island? Look no further, Kingston, Rhode Island, is all of that and a lot more for active adults 55+. The entire state of Rhode Island is surprisingly undiscovered. It has the most seacoast per capita of any state. It is convenient to New York and Boston, along with its own dynamic capital, Providence. Newport, just down the road from Kingston, is one of the top tourist destinations in the country. And yet hardly anyone lives here, so prices are reasonable and overcrowding not an issue. Kingston is just one of many towns in Rhode Island that deserve a good look as a potential retirement community choice for active adults. This town is an excellent choice for retirees who want to live in a small and interesting university town. Kingston, (population 7,825 in 2020) is actually an unincorporated village in the town of South Kingston. The Kingston Village Historic District has 38 buildings listed due to its stock of handsome Federal, Greek Revival, and Late Victorian architecture. The University has 18,000 students, which bring considerable life and diversity to the town.Kingston is the county seat of Washington County. Photo of Lippitt Hall on the University of Rhode Island, courtesy of Wikipedia and Kenneth C. Zirkel,Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0/

Where to Retire in Kingston and Home Prices

Housing choices available to active adults include the restored historic homes in the central village. There are other nice homes close to town. There is at least one new luxury condominium development in the area. There are also assisted living facilities nearby. The Kingston downtown area is small but interesting. According to Zillow, the median home value was $521,795, in early 2022.


What Is Special about Kingston

Kingston is home to the University of Rhode Island, the Dr. Everett Christopher Memorial Arboretum, URI Botanical Gardens, Pettaquamscutt Historical Society, Kingston Village Historical District, and many gorgeous beaches.


What Is Not Special about Kingston

Traffic in season can clog the main road through town. It is not inexpensive.


Who Will Like Retirement in Kingston

Kingston attracts a community of retirees who want to live in a small university town near great beaches.

Local Economy Is Driven by

The economy is driven by the university

Climate and Physical Environment

The area experiences a 4 season climate. Water is just about everywhere - Rhode Island is surrounded by ocean, bays, and lakes. The area is low and gently rolling.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The university is the major cultural draw in the area. Antiquing is good in the area. Nearby Providence and Newport offer many cultural opportunities.


The crime rate in Kingston is well lower than both the Rhode Island and the U.S. averages.


Medical Facilities

South County Hospital is 4 miles away in Wakefield


Green Airport is 18 miles away in Providence. Amtrak has a stop in Kingston

Valuable Links

Wikipedia page for Kingston

What people are saying about Kingston

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