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Welcome to Portsmouth ...

Portsmouth is located on Rhode Island.

Portsmouth is located in Newport County<1>.

When the people of Portsmouth refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Portsmouthite<2>

Portsmouth is 140 feet [43 m] above sea level.<3>.

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

The telephone area code for Portsmouth: (401)

The ZIP code for Portsmouth: 02871<4>

Websites for Portsmouth ...

Official Website:   www.portsmouthri.com/

Junior League:   www.jlri.org/

Communities Also Named Portsmouth ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 9 communities that are also named Portsmouth - they are located in Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Ontario and Virginia (2).

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia 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 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the northwest of Portsmouth
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 179,270 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Providence
  • New Bedford [Bristol County]
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    • New Bedford [Bristol County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> 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 10 miles [16.1 km]<5> 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.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fall River
  • Warwick [Kent County]
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    • Warwick [Kent County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> 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.<6> 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 15 miles [24.1 km]<5> 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]<5> to the northwest 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 13 miles [20.9 km]<5> 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.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dartmouth
    • South Kingstown [Washington County]
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      • South Kingstown [Washington County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> 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]<5> 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.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • North Kingstown [Washington County]
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      • North Kingstown [Washington County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> 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.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on North Kingstown

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.

Adding Portsmouth to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Portsmouth in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Portsmouth was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Portsmouth on a map titled Rand McNally Map of Rhode Island (1911).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Portsmouth on our Genealogy Page.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Rhode Island

About Newport County

About Rhode Island

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Portsmouth: www.portsmouthri.com/

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>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.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Portsmouth - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a community (such as Portsmouth). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Portsmouth or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>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 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 for your convenience: 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: 41.6008, Longitude: -71.2499    
<6>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.






















 

 

 

 

 


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