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Hopkinton, Rhode Island

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Hopkinton is a town in Washington County, Rhode Island, United States The population was 8,188 at the 2010 census


  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
    • 21 Villages
    • 22 Adjacent Towns
  • 3 Demographics
  • 4 Politics
  • 5 Notable people
  • 6 National Historic Places
  • 7 See also
  • 8 References
  • 9 External links


View of Hopkinton, ca 1860-1885

Hopkinton is named after Stephen Hopkins, a signer of the Declaration of Independence who was Governor of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations when the town was partitioned from Westerly and incorporated in 175712 Hopkinton once featured a number of industrial villages, such as Locustville, Moscow, Centerville, and Wood River Iron Works, each being named after the mill which they surrounded Today only Hope Valley, Rockville, Ashaway, and Bradford are recognized with a post office A section of the town has its own post office known as simply "Hopkinton" The town hall is located in the village of Hopkinton City, which was once a major stagecoach hubcitation needed


Hopkinton is found at 41461 N latitude and 71778 W longitude and borders Richmond and Charlestown It is on the Pawcatuck River on the Connecticut border

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 441 square miles 114 km2, of which, 430 square miles 111 km2 of it is land and 11 square miles 28 km2 of it 258% is water

Hopkinton is the southernmost town along Rhode Island's portion of Interstate 95; as such it is the first Rhode Island town that northbound travelers encounter


In Hopkinton, the two primary villages are Hope Valley in the north and Ashaway in the south Two of the four elementary schools in the Chariho Regional School District are located in Hopkinton, one in Hope Valley and one in Ashaway Other villages that are located or partially located in Hopkinton include Barberville, Bethel, Bradford, Burdickville, Canonchet, Centerville, Hopkinton City, Locustville, Moscow, Rockville, South Hopkinton, Woodville, and Yawgoog Almost all of these villages formed from mills on rivers Some villages dominate others when it comes to postal addresses, home identification, and where to attend school The two most dominant villages are Hope Valley and Ashaway, which have extended their borders as census-designated places into other less-known villages

Adjacent Townsedit

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Historical population
1790 2,462
1800 2,276 −76%
1810 1,774 −221%
1820 1,821 26%
1830 1,777 −24%
1840 1,726 −29%
1850 2,477 435%
1860 2,738 105%
1870 2,682 −20%
1880 2,952 101%
1890 2,864 −30%
1900 2,602 −91%
1910 2,324 −107%
1920 2,316 −03%
1930 2,823 219%
1940 3,230 144%
1950 3,676 138%
1960 4,174 135%
1970 5,392 292%
1980 6,406 188%
1990 6,873 73%
2000 7,836 140%
2010 8,188 45%
Est 2015 8,109 −10%
US Decennial Census45

As of the census6 of 2000, there were 7,836 people, 2,965 households, and 2,182 families residing in the town There were 3,112 housing units at an average density of 724 per square mile 279/km² The racial makeup of the town was 9682% White, 061% African American, 089% Native American, 043% Asian, 027% from other races, and 097% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 106% of the population

There were 2,965 households out of which 352% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 619% were married couples living together, 77% had a female householder with no husband present, and 264% were non-families 210% of all households were made up of individuals and 94% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 264 and the average family size was 307

In the town, the population was spread out with 257% under the age of 18, 64% from 18 to 24, 316% from 25 to 44, 254% from 45 to 64, and 111% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 38 years For every 100 females there were 997 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 969 males

The median income for a household in the town was $52,181, and the median income for a family was $59,143 Males had a median income of $39,804 versus $29,189 for females The per capita income for the town was $23,835 About 33% of families and 48% of the population were below the poverty line, including 55% of those under age 18 and 72% of those age 65 or over

Students in Hopkinton are part of the Chariho Regional School District


In the state legislature Hopkinton is located in the 34th Senate District, represented by Republican Francis T Maher, Jr,7 and in the 38th District in the Rhode Island House of Representatives by Democrat Brian Patrick Kennedy8 At the Federal level, Hopkinton is located in Rhode Island's 2nd Congressional District, which is currently represented by James Langevin D In the United States Senate, Hopkinton is represented by US Senator John F Reed D and US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse D

Notable peopleedit

The Aldrich and the Rockefeller families each built small mansions in Hope Valley region of Hopkinton before the families merged The Rockefeller house now serves as the rectory for St Joseph's Parish

  • Prudence Crandall, taught the first desegregated classroom in the United States; born in Hopkinton
  • Edward Lee Greene, botanist; born in Hopkinton
  • Benjamin Randall, Wisconsin State Assemblyman; born in Hopkinton
  • John Wilbur, Quaker minister; born in Hopkinton

National Historic Placesedit

Hopkinton City Historic District in 2008
  • Black Farm
  • Bradford Village Historic District, in Hopkinton and Westerly
  • Hope Valley Historic District
  • Hopkinton City Historic District
  • Tomaquag Rock Shelters
  • Upper Rockville Mill
  • Wyoming Village Historic District

See alsoedit

  • Rhode Island portal
  • Yawgoog Scout Reservation


  1. ^ Snow, Edwin Report upon the Census of Rhode Island Providence Press Company, 1865, p xxx
  2. ^ Gannett, Henry 1905 The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States Govt Print Off p 160 
  3. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015" Archived from the original on June 2, 2016 Retrieved July 2, 2016 
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing" Censusgov Archived from the original on May 12, 2015 Retrieved June 4, 2016 
  5. ^ Snow, Edwin M 1867 Report upon the Census of Rhode Island 1865 Providence, RI: Providence Press Company 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2008-01-31 
  7. ^ http://wwwrilinstaterius/Maher/
  8. ^ http://wwwrilinstaterius/Kennedy/

External linksedit

  • Hopkinton, Rhode Island travel guide from Wikivoyage

Coordinates: 41°27′40″N 71°46′39″W / 4146111°N 7177750°W / 4146111; -7177750

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