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The 2000 Census showed that Newport County had a population of 85,433 people. This represented 8.15% of the total population of Rhode Island, making it the state's 4th most populous county (out of 5 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Newport had a population of 80,300 people. This is a decrease of 6.01% 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
201082,888-2.98%+3.22% since 2009
200980,300-6.01%-0.49% since 2008
200880,699-5.54%-0.75% since 2007
200781,305-4.83%-2.47% since 2006
200683,367-2.42%+0.69% since 2005
200582,794-3.09%-2.03% since 2004
200484,513-1.08%-0.87% since 2003
200385,255-0.21%-0.3% since 2002
200085,433The Last Census

Newport County had 39,561 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Newport County has a total area<3> of 313.6 square miles [812 km²]. Of this total, 104 square miles [269.5 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (66.8%) being water (209.6 square miles [542 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Newport County had a population density of 821 people per square mile [317 people/km²], making it the state's 4th 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 Newport County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Newport and the state of Rhode Island.

Click here for the Newport County QuickFact (QF-44005).

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

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

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

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Bristol (MA)QF-25005   NE547,433534,6782.39%
BristolQF-44001   N49,54250,648-2.18%
KentQF-44003   NW168,752167,0900.99%
WashingtonQF-44009   W126,925123,5462.74%

Narragansett Bay lies to the west and the Atlantic Ocean is to the east.

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U.S. Census Bureau
Census QuickFact for Newport County

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 Newport. 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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