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Apartment Living in Rhode Island
Affectionately known as "Little Rhody", Rhode Island is the smallest state in America. The state's official nickname is "The Ocean State" because of its romantic and stunning shorelines. Residents don't have to travel far to enjoy the water's edge. Speaking of traveling, you can cross this state in less than an hour in either direction. Rhode Island is only 37 miles wide and 48 miles long. While the state is small, there are plenty of sites to see and apartments to rent.
Several Fortune 500 and 1000 companies are based in Rhode Island. Health service is the largest industry in the state with tourism coming in at a close second, followed by manufacturing. The state's economy relies heavily on tourism and it is no wonder with its lush woodlands, beautiful coastlines, welcoming communities and nearby islands. One island that is much loved among the locals and tourists alike is Block Island. Resorts, boating facilities, seafood restaurants and any other tourist attractions are all nicely lined up along this state's shorelines, which is where you'll find the most popular apartments.
Rhode Island has two distinct regions. Eastern Rhode Island contains the lowland and the popular Narragansett Bay. The Western Rhode Island area is part of New England Upland. No matter where your apartment is, you enjoy the four seasons. The summer temperatures are in the 80's while the lows in the winter months usually average in the 20's.
Living in Rhode Island, like many of the New England states, is a bit more expensive. You'll find that the overall cost of living is 28 percent above the national average. The cost of housing is no better; apartments are 70 percent above the national average. The majority of apartments are located in the charming cities of Providence and Newport. Despite their growth, both have maintained their hometown feel and appeal.
Providence is Rhode Island's most recognizable and largest city in the state. Over 175,000 residents call this port of entry home. Providence is bustling with trade, making it a prime location for business, pleasure and builders restoring old buildings into apartments. Like many other cities across the nation, Providence has been rebuilding its image into that of a Renaissance City. If you want an apartment in the center of the action, look downtown. There you'll find cultural venues, trendy restaurants, and entertainment spots all within walking distance from your apartment. Keep in mind that this state has a higher cost of living and Providence is no different. One apartment rating service on the Internet had one-bedroom apartments starting in the $1,000 range and up.
The old pirate town of Newport is mostly famous for its mansions. One of two capitals until the 1900's, this seaside city is home to The Breakers, Marble House, and Belcourt Castle. It is also known for being one of the "Summer White Houses" for Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy. Steeped in heritage, this city attracts a lot of history buffs looking for an apartment near the Newport Historic District. Newport has one of the highest concentrations of colonial homes in America. Apartments in this distinct city will vary in price depending on location.