Washington County, RI

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Population
126,242
0.0412% 1-year growth
US Senator
Jack Reed
Democratic Party
US Senator
Sheldon Whitehouse
Democratic Party
Median Age
44.5

Poverty Rate
9.37%

Median Household Income
$81,301
4.42% 1-year growth
Median Property Value
$328,300
2.4% 1-year growth
Number of Employees
64,575
0.00155% 1-year decline

About

In 2018, Washington County, RI had a population of 126k people with a median age of 44.5 and a median household income of $81,301. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Washington County, RI grew from 126,190 to 126,242, a 0.0412% increase and its median household income grew from $77,862 to $81,301, a 4.42% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Washington County, RI are White (Non-Hispanic) (91.1%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.91%), White (Hispanic) (1.88%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.5%), and Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (1.3%). 0% of the households in Washington County, RI speak a non-English language at home as their primary language, and 98.3% of the residents in Washington County, RI are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Washington County, RI are University of Rhode Island (4,586 degrees awarded in 2019).

In 2018, the median property value in Washington County, RI was $328,300, and the homeownership rate was 74.5%. Most people in Washington County, RI drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 24.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Washington County, RI was 2 cars per household.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Rhode Island, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Rhode Island (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Start Year
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-5.78%
Year-over-year decline
Employment change between November 2019 and November 2020

As of November 2020, there are 145M people employed in Rhode Island. This represents a -5.78% decrease in employment when compared to November 2019.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Rhode Island.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Rhode Island across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Washington County, RI went to Hillary Rodham Clinton with 50.8% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (41%), followed by Other (8.13%). The most partisan county was Providence County, RI with 57.5% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton running for the Democratic Party.

Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse are the senators currently representing the state of Rhode Island. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Rhode Island is currently represented by 2 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Hillary Rodham Clinton
Popular Vote for Washington County, RI
50.8% for the Democratic Party
Most Partisan Counties in Rhode Island
  1. 57.5% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)
  2. 57.3% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)
  3. 55.7% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Rhode Island was Providence County, RI with 57.5% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton running for the Democratic Party.

The following map shows the counties in Rhode Island colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Rhode Island

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Jack Reed
Senator from Rhode Island2
Assumed office on January 3, 1997
Sheldon Whitehouse
Senator from Rhode Island1
Assumed office on January 3, 2007

Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse are the senators currently representing Rhode Island.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Rhode Island over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Rhode Island

Rhode Island is currently represented by 2 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Rhode Island have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Diversity

Washington County, RI is home to a population of 126k people, from which 98.3% are citizens. As of 2018, 4.79% of Washington County, RI residents were born outside of the country (6.04k people).

In 2018, there were 47.8 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (115k people) in Washington County, RI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.41k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 2.37k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Washington County, RI
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    115k ± 159
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    2.41k ± 319
  3. White (Hispanic)
    2.37k ± 359
3.1%
Hispanic Population
3.91k people

In 2018, there were 47.8 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (115k people) in Washington County, RI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.41k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 2.37k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.1% of the people in Washington County, RI are hispanic (3.91k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Washington County, RI as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.79%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
6.04k people
4.48%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
5.65k people

As of 2018, 4.79% of Washington County, RI residents (6.04k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Washington County, RI was 4.48%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

44
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.2
49
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 2.9

In 2018, the median age of all people in Washington County, RI was 44.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 44, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 49. But people in Washington County, RI are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Washington County, RI residents was 44.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Dominican Republic
    27,845 ± 4,043 people
  2. Guatemala
    13,419 ± 2,826 people
  3. Portugal
    12,601 ± 2,740 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Rhode Island was Dominican Republic, the natal country of 27,845 Rhode Island residents, followed by Guatemala with 13,419 and Portugal with 12,601.

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Citizenship

98.3%
2018 Citizenship
98.4%
2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 98.3% of Washington County, RI residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Washington County, RI was 98.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    3,379 ± 302
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,233 ± 239
  3. Korea
    814 ± 174

Washington County, RI has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.74 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Washington County, RI is $81,301. In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Washington County, RI was Census Tract 504.01 with a value of $119,118, followed by Census Tract 515.02 and Census Tract 501.04, with respective values of $117,305 and $106,957.

Males in Rhode Island have an average income that is 1.28 times higher than the average income of females, which is $55,664. The income inequality in Rhode Island (measured using the Gini index) is 0.453, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Washington County, RI employs 64.6k people. The largest industries in Washington County, RI are Health Care & Social Assistance (9,468 people), Educational Services (8,668 people), and Retail Trade (7,107 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($114,219), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($95,243), and Utilities ($76,625).

Wages

Median Household Income

$81,301
2018 value
± $2,985
4.42%
1 Year Growth
± 4.55%

Households in Washington County, RI have a median annual income of $81,301, which is more than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $77,862 in 2017, which represents a 4.42% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$71,021
Average Male Salary in Rhode Island
± $3,561
$55,664
Average Female Salary in Rhode Island
± $2,640

In 2019, full-time male employees in Rhode Island made 1.28 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Rhode Island by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Rhode Island
  1. Asian
    $59,844 ± $13,016
  2. White
    $56,474 ± $2,217
  3. American Indian
    $47,016 ± $44,702

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Rhode Island workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.06 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Rhode Island.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Washington County, RI is from Rhode Island.
0.453
2019 Wage GINI in Rhode Island
0.459
2018 Wage GINI in Rhode Island

In 2019, the income inequality in Rhode Island was 0.453 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 1.21% decline from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Rhode Island was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Rhode Island in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Rhode Island across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 504.01
  2. Census Tract 515.02
  3. Census Tract 501.04

In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Washington County, RI was Census Tract 504.01 with a value of $119,118, followed by Census Tract 515.02 and Census Tract 501.04, with respective values of $117,305 and $106,957.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Washington County, RI colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

9.37% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Washington County, RI (11.2k out of 120k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 45 - 54.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. White
    9,500 ± 993
  2. Hispanic
    706 ± 230
  3. Two Or More
    595 ± 236

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Washington County, RI is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

64.6k
2018 Value
± 1,762
-0.00155%
1 Year decline
± 3.83%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Washington County, RI declined at a rate of -0.00155%, from 64.6k employees to 64.6k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Washington County, RI, are Management Occupations (7,696 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (7,321 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (6,307 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Washington County, RI.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Washington County, RI, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (7,696 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (7,321 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (6,307 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Washington County, RI has an unusually high number of residents working as Architecture & Engineering Occupations (1.49 times higher than expected), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (1.43 times), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.37 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Washington County, RI, by median earnings, are Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($92,366), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($89,694), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($83,601).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

64.6k
2018 Value
± 1,762
-0.00155%
1 Year decline
± 3.83%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Washington County, RI declined at a rate of -0.00155%, from 64.6k employees to 64.6k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Washington County, RI, are Health Care & Social Assistance (9,468 people), Educational Services (8,668 people), and Retail Trade (7,107 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Washington County, RI, though some of these residents may live in Washington County, RI and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Washington County, RI, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (9,468 people), Educational Services (8,668 people), and Retail Trade (7,107 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Washington County, RI has an unusually high number of Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.84 times higher than expected), Educational Services (1.45 times), and Accommodation & Food Services (1.2 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Washington County, RI, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($114,219), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($95,243), and Utilities ($76,625).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Rhode Island to other states, or from other states to Rhode Island.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $15.3B
  2. $8.02B
  3. $7.25B

In 2018, the top outbound Rhode Island product (by dollars) was Gasoline with $15.3B, followed by Mixed freight ($8.02B) and Motorized vehicles ($7.25B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Rhode Island products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$59.5B
2018 Value in Rhode Island
$79.3B
Projected 2045 Value in Rhode Island
33.3% growth

In 2018, total outbound Rhode Island trade was $59.5B. This is expected to increase 33.3% to $79.3B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Rhode Island trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Rhode Island to other states, or from other states to Rhode Island.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $17.1B
  2. $2.81B
  3. $2.2B

In 2018, the top outbound Rhode Island domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Massachusetts with $17.1B, followed by Connecticut with $2.81B and New York and $2.2B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Rhode Island shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Education

In 2019, universities in Washington County, RI awarded 4,586 degrees. The student population of Washington County, RI is skewed towards women, with 7,566 male students and 9,899 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Washington County, RI are White (3,407 and 75.9%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (325 and 7.24%), Unknown (254 and 5.66%), and Black or African American (216 and 4.81%).

The largest universities in Washington County, RI by number of degrees awarded are University of Rhode Island (4,586 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Washington County, RI are Registered Nursing (377 and 8.22%), General Psychology (242 and 5.28%), and Speech Communication & Rhetoric (222 and 4.84%).

The median tuition costs in Washington County, RI are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $12,590 and $29,710 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 215 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 376 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 233 degree-majorss awarded

In 2018, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Washington County, RI was Speech Communication & Rhetoric with 215 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Washington County, RI according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
4,586 degrees awarded
$12,590
Median In-State Public
$N/A
Median Private

In 2019, the Washington County, RI institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Rhode Island with 4,586 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,832
Degrees Awarded to Men
2,754
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 1,832 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Washington County, RI, which is 0.665 times less than the 2,754 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Washington County, RI by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    3,407 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    325 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown
    254 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Washington County, RI was White students. These 3,407 degrees mean that there were 10.5 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 325 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Washington County, RI was $328,300 in 2018, which is 1.43 times larger than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $320,600 to $328,300, a 2.4% increase. The homeownership rate in Washington County, RI is 74.5%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Washington County, RI have an average commute time of 24.6 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Washington County, RI is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$328,300
2018 Median
± $5,446
$320,600
2017 Median
± $4,669

In 2018, the median property value in Washington County, RI grew to to $328,300 from the previous year's value of $320,600.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Washington County, RI compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Washington County, RI the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$81,301
Median Household Income
± $2,985
49.1k
Number of Households
± 1,412

In 2018, the median household income of the 49.1k households in Washington County, RI grew to $81,301 from the previous year's value of $77,862.

The following chart displays the households in Washington County, RI distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Washington County, RI distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Washington County, RI the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

74.5%
2018 Homeownership
73.3%
2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 74.5% of the housing units in Washington County, RI were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 73.3%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Washington County, RI compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

24.6 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Washington County, RI have a shorter commute time (24.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.3 minutes). Additionally, 2.31% of the workforce in Washington County, RI have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2018
  1. Drove Alone (83.6%)
  2. Carpooled (6.62%)
  3. Worked At Home (5.11%)

In 2018, 83.6% of workers in Washington County, RI drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (6.62%) and those who worked at home (5.11%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Washington County, RI distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Washington County, RI have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Health

96.8% of the population of Washington County, RI has health coverage, with 56.6% on employee plans, 8.87% on Medicaid, 14.2% on Medicare, 15.6% on non-group plans, and 1.59% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Rhode Island was $9,551 in 2014. This is a 4.27% increase from the previous year ($9,160).

Primary care physicians in Washington County, RI see 1117 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.82% increase from the previous year (1097 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1610 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 312 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Kent County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (11%). Additionally, Kent County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (30.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,117 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Washington County, RI

Primary care physicians in Washington County, RI see an average of 1,117 patients per year. This represents a 1.82% increase from the previous year (1,097 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Washington County, RI in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$9,551
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Rhode Island
$4,620
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$10,934
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$10,901
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Rhode Island (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.27%, from $9,160 to $9,551.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

3.2%
Uninsured
56.6%
Employer Coverage
8.87%
Medicaid
14.2%
Medicare
15.6%
Non-Group
1.59%
Military or VA

Between 2017 and 2018, the percent of uninsured citizens in Washington County, RI declined by 20.7% from 4.03% to 3.2%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Washington County, RI changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 11% prevalence
  2. 10.6% prevalence
  3. 8.7% prevalence

Kent County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Rhode Island, at 11%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Rhode Island by county over multiple years.

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