Hopkinton, Rhode Island

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Hopkinton is a town in Washington County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 7,836 at the 2000 census.

The villages of Ashaway and Hope Valley are located in Hopkinton.

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Geography

Hopkinton is found at 41.461 N latitude and 71.778 W longitude. It is on the Pawcatuck River on the Connecticut border.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 44.1 square miles (114.3 km²), of which, 43.0 square miles (111.3 km²) of it is land and 1.1 square miles (3.0 km²) of it (2.58%) is water.

History

Hopkinton is named after Stephen Hopkins, a signer of the Declaration of Independence from Rhode Island. The town was incorporated in 1767 and featured multiple villages, such as Locestville, Moscow, Centerville, Wood River Iron Works and others, each being named after the mill they surrounded. Today only Hope Valley, Rockville (both predominately Polish) as well as Ashaway and Bradford (French) are recognized with a post office. The town hall is located in what is commonly referred to as Hopkinton City, which was once a major stagecoach hub.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 7,836 people, 2,965 households, and 2,182 families residing in the town. The population density was 182.3 people per square mile (70.4/km²). There were 3,112 housing units at an average density of 72.4/sq mi (27.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.82% White, 0.61% African American, 0.89% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.27% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.06% of the population.

There were 2,965 households out of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.9% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.4% were non-families. 21.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.07.

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