City of Newport, Rhode Island
The following is a summary profile of the City of Newport. It is intended as a general reference resource, providing information on Newport's residents, culture, government, economy, and physical features. Included are summaries of many of the various aspects of Newport.
The information contained within this document is not intended to be comprehensive, it is instead, intended as a resource to garner a general understanding of the community of Newport. For more detailed treatments of these and other subjects, the Newport Comprehensive Land Use Plan is an excellent resource.
Considered the nation's first resort, Newport maintains highly visible historic places and properties which draw many visitors each year. These properties, including the many grand mansions of Bellevue Avenue and Ocean Drive, as well as the more humble Colonial Era homes, are excellent examples of various styles of architecture, spanning several periods of American history.
Additionally, numerous modern attractions exist to entice visitors to the city. These include a thriving commercial area including many restaurants and bars, a vibrant arts community including galleries and museums, and a long list of festivals and events. Newport's natural features, such as its beaches, harbors, and cliff lined coast, add to its popularity as a tourist destination.
As both a home to a moderately dense year round population and host to a large number of seasonal guests, Newport is faced with the challenge of retaining its desirability as a tourist destination while fulfilling the needs of its resident population. As a community, Newport recognizes the impact of tourism on its economy.
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