Exeter, Rhode Island

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Exeter is a town in Washington County, Rhode Island, United States. Exeter extends east from the Connecticut border to the town of North Kingstown. It is bordered to the north by West Greenwich and East Greenwich, and to the south by Hopkinton, Richmond and South Kingstown. Exeter's postal code is 02822. The population was 6,045 at the 2000 census.

Exeter was named for the Earl of Exeter.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 58.4 square miles (151.2 km²), of which, 57.7 square miles (149.5 km²) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.7 km²) of it (1.15%) is water.

Exeter shares a public school system with its neighbor to the north, West Greenwich.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,045 people, 2,085 households, and 1,592 families residing in the town. The population density was 104.7 people per square mile (40.4/km²). There were 2,196 housing units at an average density of 38.0/sq mi (14.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.36% White, 0.66% African American, 0.60% Native American, 0.74% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.33% from other races, and 1.29% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.27% of the population.

There were 2,085 households out of which 38.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.4% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.6% were non-families. 16.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.15.

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