Lincoln, Rhode Island

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Lincoln is a town in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 20,898 at the 2000 census. Lincoln is located in northeastern Rhode Island, north of Providence.

Lincoln was settled in the 17th century and several colonial stone-enders still exist in the town.[4] Lincoln Woods State Park is located within the town.

Limestone quarrying has occurred here since colonial times at the village of Lime Rock. Lincoln was a part of the town of Smithfield until 1871, when it was split off and named in honor of Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln became an important mill town in the late 19th century, with many textile factories running along the Blackstone River. Lincoln's villages include Manville, Albion, Lime Rock, Londsdale, Fairlawn, Quinnville, and Saylesville.

Very recently, the town was ranked #60 in Money Magazine's "Best Places to Live".



According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 18.9 square miles (49.1 km²), of which, 18.2 square miles (47.2 km²) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.9 km²) of it (3.80%) is water.

Lincoln is home to Lincoln Woods State Park and Twin River, a casino (formerly known as Lincoln Park).


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 20,898 people, 8,243 households, and 5,778 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,146.6 people per square mile (442.6/km²). There were 8,508 housing units at an average density of 466.8/sq mi (180.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.55% White, 0.84% African American, 0.08% Native American, 1.75% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.64% from other races, and 1.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.64% of the population.

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