Warwick is a city in Kent County, Rhode Island, United States. It is the second largest city in the state, with 85,808 people. Its mayor, since 2000, has been Scott Avedisian. Founded by Samuel Gorton in 1642, Warwick has witnessed major events in American history.
Warwick was decimated during King Philip's War (1675-76) and was the site of the first shot fired during the American Revolution against the British schooner Gaspée. Warwick is also the home of revolutionary war general Nathanael Greene, George Washington's second-in-command, and the Civil War hero of the battle of Gettysburg, General George S. Greene.
Warwick is home to Rhode Island's main airport, T. F. Green Airport, which serves the greater Providence area and also functions as a reliever for Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts. The airport is a source of growing debate as it continues to encroach on the residential community, destroying the habitability of the housing stock that is home to around 8% of the state's population.
Warwick is officially a part of the Providence metropolitan area. As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 85,808 people, 35,517 households, and 22,979 families residing in the city. The population density was 933.3/km² (2,417.2/mi²). There were 37,085 housing units at an average density of 403.3/km² (1,044.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.21% White, 1.16% African American, 0.25% Native American, 1.49% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.59% from other races, and 1.28% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.60% of the population.
There were 35,517 households out of which 27.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.3% were non-families. 29.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.99.
In the city the population was spread out with 21.9% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 17.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 90.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $46,483, and the median income for a family was $56,225. Males had a median income of $39,455 versus $28,946 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,410. About 4.2% of families and 5.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.4% of those under age 18 and 7.5% of those age 65 or over.
Warwick Veterans Memorial High School, Toll Gate High School, and Pilgrim High School are the three comprehensive public high schools located in Warwick. Bishop Hendricken High School is a Catholic, all male, college preparatory high school located in Warwick as well.
The Community College of Rhode Island Knight Campus is located in Warwick.