Newport (Rhode Island)

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Newport, Rhode Island
Newport, Rhode Island
Location in Rhode Island
Newport (Rhode Island)
Basic data
Foundation : 1639
State : United States
State : Rhode Island
County : Newport County
Coordinates : 41 ° 29 ′  N , 71 ° 19 ′  W Coordinates: 41 ° 29 ′  N , 71 ° 19 ′  W
Time zone : Eastern ( UTC − 5 / −4 )
Residents : 24,027 (as of 2013)
Population density : 1,166.4 inhabitants per km 2
Area : 29.7 km 2  (approx. 11 mi 2 ) of
which 20.6 km 2  (approx. 8 mi 2 ) are land
Height : 9 m
Postcodes : 02840-02841
Area code : +1 401
FIPS : 44-49960
GNIS ID : 1217986
Website :
Mayor : Stephen Waluk

Newport is a city in Newport County in the state of Rhode Island on the American east coast . It is located around 100 km south of Boston and had around 24,000 inhabitants as of 2013.


Founded in 1639, the city was united with Portsmouth in 1640 . In 1654 a permanent alliance was entered into with the cities of Providence and Warwick . Before the American Revolution , the city was relatively wealthy for a long time because it was located between the two up-and-coming trading cities of Boston and New York as a stopover for merchant ships. The city has been known for its shipbuilding since 1646 . In 1658, Newport was the founding site of the first significant Jewish settlement on the territory of the British colonies in North America. During the American independence movement, the city was captured by the British and partially destroyed, after which it could never regain its former economic and political importance.

In the 19th century, the city became popular as a summer residence for the American money nobility. Two outstanding examples of the residences built during the period are The Breakers , the home of Cornelius Vanderbilt , and Rosecliff . Newport is also known for the Newport Jazz Festival and the Newport Folk Festival . From 1930 to 1983 the America's Cup competitions were held in regatta sailing off Newport .


Newport is home to various training institutions for the US Navy , including the Naval War College . A building that gives rise to much speculation is the Newport Mill in Upper Town . The Touro Synagogue , which was completed and inaugurated in 1763 and is one of the oldest synagogues on the North American continent, testifies to the early settlement core of American Jews . The International Tennis Hall of Fame tennis museum is located in the Newport Casino , and an ATP tournament with a turf surface has also been held on its premises since 1976 .

Higher schools

Graduate schools and colleges or universities in Newport:

Town twinning

sons and daughters of the town

Web links

Commons : Newport, Rhode Island  - Collection of pictures, videos, and audio files