Newport was founded in 1639 and became an important commercial port during colonial times.
Today Newport is known as the sailing capital of the U.S., still harbors commercial fishing vessels and is a favorite holiday and resort location.
The spectacular coastline and glittering harbor that once attracted the wealthy to build stunning "summer cottages" is now a year-round destination with world-class dining and shopping and famous music and film festivals.
It is said that Newport has more colonial era country inns and B&B's than any town in America. Some of Newport's historic mansions are home to Salve Regina University, founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1947.
Among GreatPlacesToRetire.com cities, Newport ranks high in climate, water quality and proximity to nearest large city. Newport ranks low in man-made hazards risk and home sales prices.
For more detailed city facts -- including data on home prices, population demographics, medical care, air quality, water quality and more -- click on the City Report graphic below:
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