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Wakefield Rhode Island is a village, located in the town of South Kingston, Washington County, Rhode Island. 


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Wakefield, RI

Wakefield is in Washington County, in the Providence-New Bedford metro area.

It is the county seat. The community is in the Eastern Standard time zone.

The latitude of Wakefield is 41.437N. The longitude is -71.501W.

The community was named after town in England

Washington County, RI



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County Populations
  1980     1990     2000  
  93,183     110,006     123,546  

County Seat: Wakefield
Year Organized: 1729
Square Miles: 333
MSA: Providence-New Bedford-Fall River, RI-MA MSA


Washington County Has No Form Of County Government


Washington County, RI

Washington County is one of 5 counties in Rhode Island. The county is in the Providence-New Bedford metro area.

The estimated population in 2004 was 128,637. This was an increase of  4.12% from the 2000 census.

Income snapshot

Median household income
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau

In 2002, the per capita personal income in Washington County was $34,289. This was an increase of 22.6% from 1997. The 2002 figure was 111% of the national per capita income, which was $30,906.

Census 2000 highlights: Fastest-growing county in the state during the 1990s (12.3%)

Wakefield is considered "the seat" for Washington County, Rhode Island.


Narragansett was incorporated as a town in 1901. Prior to that time, it was part of South Kingstown, with local history dating back to 1675, when Roland Robinson purchased land from the Narragansett Indians in Pettaquamscutt and Pt. Judith.

Shipbuilding was an important industry and sailing vessels were built on the Narrow River at Middlebridge. In the early 1700's, South Ferry and Franklin Ferry were thriving communities offering ferry service to Jamestown and Newport for more than a hundred years. Landmarks such as Ferry Church were on every sea captain's chart of Narragansett Bay as they navigated the waterways.

In the late 1800's and early 1900's, Narragansett became the premier vacation spot for the wealthy. It was well known as an elegant summer resort with a dozen or more grand hotels and many large estates and "cottages". Probably the most prominent landmark was the Narragansett Casino, covering nearly one square block from Ocean Road to Matheson Street. The towers on Ocean Road served as the main entrance and covered promenade are all that remain after a devastating fire in 1990.

Port Judith Pond has long been one of New England's important fishing ports. Because of its accessibility and proximity to popular fishing grounds, the pond has been rediscovered as a popular harbor for cruising, sail and sportfishing. Located on the west bank of Narragansett Bay, Point Judith pond is protected by a granite breakwater. The pond is home to several marinas, restaurants and shopping.



South County Historic Sites

Historic Sites of Rhode Island


Babcock-Smith House

Babcock-Smith House

124 Granite St.
Westerly, RI 02891

Georgian-style mansion built around 1734 for Dr. Joshua Babcock, Westerly's first physician and a state chief justice



Commodore Oliver Perry Farm

184 Post Rd.
South Kingstown, RI


Arial view of Fort AdamsFort Adams

Fort Adams State Park, RI

Fort on Newport Harbor housed soldiers from 1824 to 1950



Brick Market

Thames Street and Washington Square
Newport, RI

Built 1761-1772. Restored as a museum.



Casey Farm

2325 Boston Neck Road
Saunderstown, RI 02874

18th-century homestead and farm overlooking Narragansett Bay



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