Would you like to live in an idyllic New England beach village? Look no further than Narragansett. Families and other year round residents enjoy tranquil summer days on the Atlantic Ocean. Vacationing families and students from the University of Rhode Island also flock to the beach villages in the summertime. The population will easily double in the summer months. If you love fun in the sun, the ocean air, and the hustle and bustle of summer tourism this is the place to be!
The year round population of Narragansett began to grow in the 1950s and 1960s following new and improved roads making daily commutes easier. In 2020 the year round population was recorded at 14,532 with an estimated 34,000 during the summer tourist season.
Narragansett is home to the 153 acre University of Rhode Island Narragansett Bay Campus, which includes the highly acclaimed Graduate School of Oceanography.
The town had taken measures to maintain tranquility with the growing population, including prohibiting more than three college students from living in off campus rental units. This “three-student” ordinance was approved by the town in 2020. It took inspiration from a similar ordinance that the state Supreme Court upheld for Providence. It wasn’t upheld by the state Supreme Court for the town of Narragansett. Choose your beach village wisely, as the summertime in Narragansett will bring a lot of tourists, and the villages provide additional off campus housing for university students.
State beaches include Scarborough State Beach, Roger Wheeler State Beach, and Salty Brine State Beach. The Narragansett Town Beach is managed by the parks and recreation department.