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Living in Newport

The City of Newport is located at the southern end of Aquidneck Island in Narragansett Bay, about 30 miles southeast of Rhode Island's capital of Providence.  The City is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the south, Narragansett Bay on the west, and by the Town of Middletown on the northeast.  Newport is 11 square miles in size, with 7.7 square miles of land and 3.3 square miles of inland water. Location is readily accessible to the west by Interstate 95 via the Jamestown and Pell Bridges, and to the north by Routes 24 and Interstate 195 via the Mount Hope Bridge and the Sakonnet River Bridge.  

Community Resources

Newport offers a host of community resources aimed at making our city the most livable and welcoming community in New England. 


For information about Newport's public schools, be sure to visit the Newport School Department or click the links below 


From youth sports to adult programs, Newport's Recreation Department offers a full slate of activities throughout the year

Doing Business with City Hall

Pay a parking ticket, keep up to date on your water and sewer bill, and more through our online billing system

Around Town

News & Events

Latest News

Duffy Named Newport's New Police Chief

Swearing In Ceremony Set for Friday at City Hall
NEWPORT, R.I. (TUESDAY, JUNE 6, 2023) – Acting Police Chief Ryan Duffy, a 23-year veteran of the Newport Police Department, has been named the City’s next Police Chief.

He replaces former Police Chief Gary Silva, who retired earlier this year after more than 35 years with the City, including his last 12 as Chief. 

As Acting Chief and a member of the Department’s leadership team, Duffy has steadily risen through the ranks over his nearly 23-year career with the City. He was one of four internal candidates who interviewed for the job, and one of two finalists to take part in a public forum last week.

Community Asked to help Light up the Harbor this July 4th

Newport Looking for Donations for Annual Fireworks Fund
NEWPORT, R.I. (THURSDAY, MAY 25, 2023) – The City of Newport is gearing up for its annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration and is once again turning to the community to help light up Newport Harbor.

Every year, thousands of locals and visitors alike flock to downtown Newport to take in the City’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display.

Newport Launching Park Ranger Program

Program Aims to Serve, Inform Park Users
NEWPORT, R.I. (THURSDAY, MAY 25, 2023) – There’s a new ranger in town. The City of Newport is set to launch a new seasonal Park Ranger program this summer to provide visitors to the City’s network of public parks a helping hand and to be on the look out for potential hazards and quality of life issues. 

The program, which is the first municipal program of its kind in Rhode Island, stems from a series of community meetings related to park use and safety that began last year, culminating in a Park Safety Report drafted by the Tree & Open Space Commission and presented to the City Council.

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  Calendar of Events

Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission is tasked with providing advice to the City on how to make Newport safer and more accessible for cyclists and pedestrians. Click here for an agenda

Affirmative Action Commission Meeting

The Newport Affimative Action Commission is charged with overseeing the City's Affirmative Action Plan to ensure equitbale hiring and employment practices for all minorities and women.  Click here for an agenda

Historic District Commission Meeting

The Historic District Commission is responsible for overseeing development within the City's Historic District
Click here to view an agenda.  

Historic Cemetery Advisory Commission

The Newport Historic Cemetery Advisory Commission is dedicated to the preservation of the City's historic burying grounds. Read the Agenda

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