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The Newport-Bristol region offers high quality of life and access to waterfront living, only 70 miles from Boston. Greater Newport has a population of 132,232*, with a workforce that is more educated than 97% of counties in the U.S.


*Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2017.


The area has access to a large workforce, with the population of Newport and Bristol combined just slightly less than that of the largest county in the state. Furthermore, Providence is nearby and both Boston and Hartford, CT are less than 2 hours away.


Rhode Island’s population is 1.06 million and growing.

Educational Attainment

In addition to being home to two universities, the region is surrounded by many top-ranking universities, and attracts a highly educated population.


The two counties outperform 97% of counties in the US in terms of educational attainment:

  • Bristol County in RI has the 4th-most adults of age 25+ with a bachelor's degree or higher (46.8%) among the 70 New England counties. That compares to an average of 38.2% across the 70 counties.

  • Newport County in RI has the 5th-most adults of age 25+ with a bachelor's degree or higher (46.5%) among the 70 New England counties. That compares to an average of 38.2% across the 70 counties.

Rhode Island Population
Most Educated Counties in New England

*Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2016


Combined Degrees for Salve Regina & Roger Williams

The region is home to Salve Regina University in Newport and Roger Williams University in Bristol. These two institutions have a total enrollment of nearly 8,000 students, in subjects ranging from law to bioscience.

Fall 2016 Enrollment

Workforce Initiatives

In Rhode Island, the Governor’s Workforce Board connects job seekers and employers. The organization’s four key strategic priorites include:

  • Demand-driven investments

  • Career pathways

  • Aligned policy and networked government

  • Data and Performance


The region has a mix  of different types of industry, and has a higher number of jobs in the following fields than the U.S. as a whole. A large amount of workers - 45 percent of workers over 16 -  are employed in the management, business, science and arts occupations. Of those workers, 17 percent are in management, business, or financial occupations with 12 percent of those workers in management occupations.

This is a higher percentage of management workers than is typically found in the U.S. In the region, management occupations has a location quotient of 1.2.


For a more detailed look at occupations in the region, please see this PDF of a chart that includes numbers of employees in each county and the region, location quotients, and a more detailed list of occupations.

Earnings by Occupation can be found on this PDF.

The other 28 percent of jobs in the management, business, science and arts occupations are listed below. They include computer, engineering, and science occupations, education, legal, community service, and arts and media jobs and healthcare practitioner and technical occupations.

*Source: U.S. Census, American Community Survey, 2016, Occupation by Sex

Military Operations

Newport is home to the largest Department of Defense presence in the state of Rhode Island, Naval Station Newport (NAVSTA Newport), which includes the following facilities:

  • Naval War College

  • Naval Undersea Warfare Center

  • Naval Justice School

  • Command Leadership School

  • Naval Academy Prep School

  • Naval Supply Corps School

  • Officer Training Command Newport

  • Senior Enlisted Academy

  • Surface Warfare Officers School

  • Marine Corps Detachment Newport

  • US Coast Guard

  • NOAA Research Vessel H. Bigelow

  • Naval Health Clinic N. E. Newport

  • Center for Service Support

  • Navy Band Northeast

  • CNO Strategic Studies Group

  • Space & Naval Warfare System


The economic impact of NAVSTA Newport is immense. According to a recent study from the Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance, in 2016, the Defense Cluster, which includes jobs directly attributed to the facility, and those that support it, was responsible for 29,196 jobs, which represents 6.2 percent of total employment based in Rhode Island.