Newport Population Shrinks in New Census Report
The data for Rhode Island was released Tuesday afternoon.
The City of Newport's population has dropped approximately 7 percent over the past 10 years.
According to the 2010 figures released by the U.S. Census on Tuesday, Newport lost 1,803 residents since the last time the survey was conducted, going from 26,475 residents in 2000 to 24,672 in 2010. It has also dropped from being Rhode Island's 13th most populous city to the 14th.
Newport County as a whole has seen its population decrease by 3 percent — the largest decrease in the state. The county went from having 85,433 residents in 2000 to 82,888 in 2010 — a loss of 2,545 individuals. Portsmouth experienced a small boost of 240 residents, bumping it up to become the 20th most populous town in the state.
Washington County saw the fastest growth in Rhode Island, while Providence County also got a small boost. Kent and Bristol counties each lost under 1000 residents.
In addition to Newport, other cities and towns that had a population decrease over the past ten years include Warwick, Pawtucket, East Providence, Woonsocket, North Providence, West Warwick, and Westerly.
|Geographic area||2000||2010||Number change
|CITY OR TOWN|
|East Providence city||48,688||47,037||-1,651||-3.4|
|North Providence town||32,411||32,078||-333||-1.0|
|South Kingstown town||27,921||30,639||2,718||9.7|
|West Warwick town||29,581||29,191||-390||-1.3|
|North Kingstown town||26,326||26,486||160||0.6|
|Central Falls city||18,928||19,376||448||2.4|