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Location

Located on the Southwestern end of Aquidneck Island, Newport welcomes all who enter Narragansett Bay. As a part of Southern New England, Newport is impacted by the Gulf Stream making the climate more temperate than inland locales.

Recreation and Employment

Surrounded on three sides by water, a wealth of opportunities exist for water related recreation and employment. Examples include shell and fin fishing, sailboat chartering, and beach going.

Open Spaces

Newport has not only dense urban areas and suburban neighborhoods, but significant open spaces as well. Included in these open spaces are both recreational fields and parks, and preserved wildlife habitat areas.

Climate, Topography, Rainfall, Soil, and Geology

  • According to recent National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) information, average summer and winter temperatures are 70°F and 30°F respectively.
  • The topography of Newport is identified as seaboard lowlands or coastal plains, characterized by low-lying hills sloping gently towards the water.
  • Average rainfall is between 41 and 44 inches annually with precipitation distributed evenly throughout the year.
  • Soil composition is mostly unconsolidated glacial till consisting of particles of varying sizes; hardpan is found between approx. 20 to 30 inches below the surface of 90 percent of Aquidneck Island. Nearly half of the acreage of Newport consists of Newport-type soils excellent for agriculture; these are located in Central and Southern Newport.
  • The geology of Newport is characterized by a bedrock base consisting of shale, sandstone and conglomerate rock.

Newport Shoreline Public Rights of Way

Shore Access

Recreational Facilities

Recreation

Images of Newport

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