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Middletown, Rhode Island

Middletown, Rhode Island
Town
Location of Middletown in Newport County, Rhode Island
Location of Middletown in Newport County, Rhode Island
Coordinates:
Country United States
State Rhode Island
County Newport
Incorporated 1743
Government
 • Town Council Robert Kempenaar, II (D)
M. Theresa Santos (R)
Robert J. Sylvia (D)
Barbara A. Vonvillas (I)
Henry F. Lombardi, Jr. (D)Paul M. Rodrigues (D)
Antone C. Viveiros (R)
Area
 • Total 14.9 sq mi (38.7 km2)
 • Land 13.0 sq mi (33.6 km2)
 • Water 2.0 sq mi (5.1 km2)
Elevation 154 ft (47 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 16,150
 • Density 1,242.3/sq mi (480.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 02840, 02842
Area code(s) 401
FIPS code 44-45460[1]
GNIS feature ID 1220063[2]

Middletown is a town in Newport County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 16,150 at the 2010 census. It lies to the south of Portsmouth and to the north of Newport on Aquidneck Island, hence the name "Middletown".

Contents

  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Government 3
  • Demographics 4
  • Transportation 5
  • Sports 6
  • Schools 7
  • Historic sites in Middletown 8
  • Notable people 9
  • In popular culture 10
  • See also 11
  • References 12
  • External links 13

History

Various issues including unjust taxation and a growing population caused the Newport freeholders living in the northern section of Newport to petition the general assembly for independence. As a result of the petition, the land that Middletown occupies was set apart in 1731. The town was incorporated in 1743.

During the 1980s, large sections of East Main Road and West Main Road running through Middletown began to be commercialized, and by the late 1990s, the area had become Aquidneck Island's central business district.

Geography

View of First Beach in Middletown, Rhode Island
View of Second Beach in Middletown, Rhode Island

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 14.9 square miles (38.7 km²), of which 13.0 square miles (33.6 km²) is land and 2.0 square miles (5.1 km²; 13.18%) is water. Middletown was known as the "farming community" of Aquidneck Island. Today most of the developed land is located towards the western part of the town while what is left of its rural heritage is primarily towards the east. Middletown also has several beaches.

Government

The town is governed by a seven-member town council, elected at-large in partisan elections. Executive authority is vested in an appointed town administrator (on the council–manager model). The town also elects a non-partisan school committee.

Middletown forms part of Rhode Island's 1st congressional district, represented by Democrat David Cicilline. At the state level, Middletown is part of one state senate and three state house districts. The 12th Rhode Island Senate district, which also includes parts of Newport, Little Compton and Tiverton, is held by Democrat Louis P. DiPalma. In the Rhode Island House of Representatives, Middletown forms part of the 72nd, 73rd, and 74th districts. The 72nd, which also includes portions of Newport and Portsmouth, is represented by Republican Daniel Reilly. The 73rd, which is predominantly Newport, is held by Democrat Russell Jackson. The 74th, shared between Middletown and Jamestown, is represented by Democrat Deb Ruggiero.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 17,334 people, 6,993 households, and 4,643 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,335.4 people per square mile (515.6/km²). There were 7,603 housing units at an average density of 585.7 per square mile (226.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 89.12% White, 2.72% African American, 2.36% Native American, 1.18% Asian, 1.11% Pacific Islander, 1.07% from other races, and 2.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.93% of the population.

There were 6,993 households out of which 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.9% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.6% were non-families. Of all households 28.7% were made up of individuals and 10.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the town the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 30.9% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 14.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 94.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $51,075, and the median income for a family was $57,322. Males had a median income of $41,778 versus $27,229 for females. The per capita income for the town was $25,857. About 3.7% of families and 5.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.2% of those under age 18 and 4.7% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Newport State Airport, a public-use general aviation airport and the only airport on Aquidneck Island, is located in Middletown.

West Main Road (RI-114) and East Main Road (RI-138) are the main roads running north–south through Middletown.

Sports

Middletown is home to St Columba's Cricket Club, which hosts an annual cricket tournament for teams throughout the New England area. The Newport National Golf Club is located in Middletown. The town is also home to the Middletown Islanders Hockey, Football, Baseball, Volleyball, and Lacrosse teams. They also are involved with Pop Warner football and cheer-leading along with many other cities throughout New England. More known as a Middle School football teams, Pop Warner hosts from very young ages and separates them by age.

  • Kids ages 6–8: Mighty Mights
  • Kids ages 9 & 10: Junior Pee Wee
  • Kids ages 11 & 12: Pee Wee
  • Kids ages 13 & 14: Midget

Schools

As of September 2009, the Middletown Public School District will consist of four schools serving pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. They are Aquidneck Elementary School (grades PreK–3), Forest Avenue Elementary School (grades K–3), Joseph H. Gaudet Middle School (grades 4–8) and

  • Town of Middletown, Rhode Island
  • Middletown Historical Society
  • Middletown Public School District

External links

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  3. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1405365/locations?ref_=tt_dt_dt

References

See also

  • Portions of the 2012 romantic drama Celeste and Jesse Forever were filmed in several locations throughout the state, notably on Middletown's Sachuest Bay shoreline off Tuckerman Avenue.[3]

In popular culture

Notable people

ca. 1811 windmill on Prescott Farm
Historic sites in Middletown
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