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The 2000 Census showed that Kent County had a population of 167,090 people. This represented 15.94% of the total population of Rhode Island, making it the state's 2nd most populous county (out of 5 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Kent had a population of 168,752 people. This is an increase of 0.99% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010166,158-0.56%-1.54% since 2009
2007168,658+0.94%-0.45% since 2006
2006169,416+1.39%-0.67% since 2005
2005170,551+2.07%-0.35% since 2004
2003171,083+2.39%+0.74% since 2002
2002169,826+1.64%+0.68% since 2001
2001168,686+0.96%+0.96% since 2000
2000167,090The Last Census

Kent County had 70,365 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Kent County has a total area<3> of 188.1 square miles [487.2 km²]. Of this total, 170.2 square miles [440.8 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (9.53%) being water (17.92 square miles [46.43 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Kent County had a population density of 981 people per square mile [379.1 people/km²], making it the state's 3rd most densely populated county (out of 5 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Kent County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Kent and the state of Rhode Island.

Click here for the Kent County QuickFact (QF-44003).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Kent County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in
West WarwickQF-447844029,32829,581-0.86%
East GreenwichQF-442224013,33712,9483%
West GreenwichQF-44777206,3925,08525.7%

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Kent County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
New London (CT)QF-09011   SW266,830259,0882.99%
Windham (CT)QF-09015   W117,518109,0917.72%
BristolQF-44001   E49,54250,648-2.18%
NewportQF-44005   SE80,30085,433-6.01%
ProvidenceQF-44007   N627,690621,6020.98%
WashingtonQF-44009   S126,925123,5462.74%

Narragansett Bay lies to the east.

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Kent. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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