The population of the City of Newport is best described as seasonally variable. As a popular tourist destination, Newport experiences large fluctuation in the size of its resident population between summer and winter months.
Due to the limitations of the U.S. Census Bureaus methods of data gathering, the information provided within will depict the characteristics of the year round population. With an estimated 3.5 million visitors each year, it is important to note the increases in the summer population and the resultant strain on the city's infrastructure and services.
Population Count, Density and Rank
Population: The population count for The City of Newport as of 2010 was 24,672. This represented a 6.81% decrease (1,803 persons) from the 2000 population of 26,475.
Population Density: The population density of Newport is 3,334.4 persons per square mile of land area. Newport contains 7.94 square miles of land area (20,552,846 Sq. meters) (5,078.76 acres) and 3.54 square miles of water area (9,159,021 square meters) (3,545.59 acres).
Rank: Newport ranks 14th in population among Rhode Island's 39 cities and towns, with 42.4 % of Aquidneck Island's population.
The City of Newport is graced with a vibrant and diverse mixture of peoples. This mixture includes varied races, age groups, and income and education levels. Both African American and Hispanic or Latin American groups are well represented within the community. Additionally, American Indians and Asians also have significant numbers within Newport.
Eighty three and one half percent or 20,589 persons residing in Newport are 18 years of age or older; 18,736 are 21 and over; 4,389 are 62 and over, and 3,510 are 65 and over.