Facts About Kent County, Rhode Island
Kent County is a county located in the U.S. state of Rhode Island. As of the 2010 census, the population was 166,158 making it the second-most populous county in Rhode Island. The county was formed in 1750 from the southern third of Providence County. It was named after the county of Kent, England. Kent County, like other counties in Rhode Island, no longer has governmental functions (other than as court administrative and sheriff corrections boundaries). Kent County is included in the Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which in turn constitutes a portion of the greater Boston-Worcester-Providence, MA-RI-NH-CT Combined Statistical Area.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 188 square miles (490 km²), of which 169 square miles (440 km²) is land and 20 square miles (52 km²) (10%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 167,090 people, 67,320 households, and 44,969 families residing in the county. The population density was 982 people per square mile (379/km²). There were 70,365 housing units at an average density of 414 per square mile (160/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.54% White, 0.93% Black or African American, 0.23% Native American, 1.34% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.65% from other races, and 1.28% from two or more races. 1.69% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 20.1% were of Italian, 18.9% Irish, 11.1% English, 10.1% French, 6.1% French Canadian and 6.1% Portuguese ancestry according to Census 2000. 92.0% spoke English, 1.9% Spanish, 1.5% French, 1.4% Portuguese and 1.1% Italian as their first language. There were 67,320 households out of which 29.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.70% were married couples living together, 10.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.20% were non-families. 27.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.02.
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