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Welcome to Portsmouth ...

The Town of Portsmouth is located in Newport County<1>.

The location of Portsmouth has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

When the people of Portsmouth refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Portsmouthite<3>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, the Town of Portsmouth has a population of 17,248 people<4> (see below for details).

Portsmouth is 200 feet [61 m] above sea level.<5>.

Time Zone: Portsmouth lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Portsmouth is located in the (401) area code.

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Portsmouth had an population of 17,248 people. This is a decrease of 0.81% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 0.58% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, the Town of Portsmouth had a population of 17,389 people (which is 20.98% of the total population of Newport County). This makes Portsmouth the county's 2nd most populous community.

The population of Portsmouth represents 1.65% of the population of Rhode Island (which has 1,052,567 people), making it the state's 20th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 17,389 people, the population of Portsmouth increased 1.4% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 17,149 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Portsmouth.

Communities near Portsmouth ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Portsmouth.

  • Providence [Providence County]
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    • Providence [Providence County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the northwest of Portsmouth
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 179,270 people
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  • New Bedford [Bristol County]
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    • New Bedford [Bristol County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the east of Portsmouth
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 95,517 people
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  • Fall River [Bristol County]
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    • Fall River [Bristol County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the northeast of Portsmouth
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 89,792 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fall River have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Warwick [Kent County]
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    • Warwick [Kent County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<6> to the northwest of Portsmouth
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 81,189 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Warwick have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Cranston [Providence County]
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      • Cranston [Providence County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<6> to the northwest of Portsmouth
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 81,142 people
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    • East Providence [Providence County]
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      • East Providence [Providence County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<6> to the north of Portsmouth
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 47,337 people
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    • Dartmouth [Bristol County]
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      • Dartmouth [Bristol County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the east of Portsmouth
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 33,926 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dartmouth have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • South Kingstown [Washington County]
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      • South Kingstown [Washington County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<6> to the southwest of Portsmouth
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 30,454 people
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    • West Warwick [Kent County]
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      • West Warwick [Kent County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the northwest of Portsmouth
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 28,967 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for West Warwick have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • North Kingstown [Washington County]
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      • North Kingstown [Washington County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<6> to the west of Portsmouth
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 26,278 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for North Kingstown have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Portsmouth. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Portsmouth.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Portsmouth. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Portsmouth.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Portsmouth. See our Newspapers Page for Portsmouth.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Portsmouth ...

Looking for more information about Portsmouth? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

While we are unaware of a Tourism page that is specific to Portsmouth, there are neighboring communities that do have Tourism pages. A map of those communities can be found with our TripAdvisor Page for Portsmouth.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Rhode Island

About Newport County

About Rhode Island

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Portsmouth. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Rhode Island: https://www.ri.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of the state's counties, including Newport, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Portsmouth refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a community's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Portsmouth may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<4>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Portsmouth.
<5>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Portsmouth - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Portsmouth) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Portsmouth. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from PortsmouthOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Portsmouth. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.5834, Longitude: -71.2662       In this case, the coordinates for Portsmouth have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).






















 

 

 

 

 


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