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Here’s how much you need to make to afford a home in each Rhode Island community

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If you’re making $70,000 a year, the only communities where you are likely to find an affordable home to buy are Central Falls, Providence (not counting the East Side), and Pawtucket, according to a report released Friday by HousingWorks RI.

The annual fact book compares household income to the median-priced home in every community in the state, showing that you likely need to earn more than $190,000 a year to afford a home on the East Side of Providence, and $238,000 to buy a place on Block Island.

The report comes at a particularly difficult time for Rhode Island because state leaders were planning to include a large affordable housing bond on the November ballot, but the pandemic has put everything on hold.

You should read the full report, but here’s a look at what you need to earn to afford a median-priced home in each community.

CENTRAL FALLS: Income needed: $49,338 / Median-priced home: $147,450

PROVIDENCE (Without the East Side): Income needed: $65,468 / Median-priced home: $203,700

PAWTUCKET: Income needed: $68,410 / Median-priced home: $225,000


WOONSOCKET: Income needed: $70,706 / Median-priced home: $223,900

WARWICK: Income needed: $70,806 / Median-priced home: $239,900

WEST WARWICK: Income needed: $71,161 / Median-priced home: $229,900

EAST PROVIDENCE: Income needed: $73,304 / Median-priced home: $245,000

COVENTRY: Income needed: $74,955 / Median-priced home: $245,000

BURRILLVILLE: Income needed: $76,659 / Median-priced home: $269,500

JOHNSTON: Income needed: $77,076 / Median-priced home: $250,000

NORTH PROVIDENCE: Income needed: $77,377 / Median-priced home: $240,000

CRANSTON: Income needed: $77,414 / Median-priced home: $257,000

TIVERTON: Income needed: $88,234 / Median-priced home: $312,500

SMITHFIELD: Income needed: $88,322 / Median-priced home: $311,000

WARREN: Income needed: $88,380 / Median-priced home: $301,000

CUMBERLAND: Income needed: $88,752 / Median-priced home: $315,500

WESTERLY: Income needed: $89,098 / Median-priced home: $335,000

GLOCESTER: Income needed: $89,452 / Median-priced home: $300,000

RICHMOND: Income needed: $90,343 / Median-priced home: $298,500

NORTH SMITHFIELD: Income needed: $90,594 / Median-priced home: $322,500

BRISTOL: Income needed: $91,934 / Median-priced home: $335,000

SCITUATE: Income needed: $96,684 / Median-priced home: $335,450

HOPKINTON: Income needed: $96,899 / Median-priced home: $327,500

FOSTER: Income needed: $99,241 / Median-priced home: $322,450

SOUTH KINGSTOWN: Income needed: $101,783 / Median-priced home: $370,000

EXETER: Income needed: $103,996 / Median-priced home: $375,000

LINCOLN: Income needed: $104,201 / Median-priced home: $355,000

CHARLESTOWN: Income needed: $105,959 / Median-priced home: $409,900

MIDDLETOWN: Income needed: $108,400 / Median-priced home: $397,000

NORTH KINGSTOWN: Income needed: $109,193 / Median-priced home: $385,000

WEST GREENWICH: Income needed: $112,385 / Median-priced home: $365,000

PORTSMOUTH: Income needed: $114,452 / Median-priced home: $406,000

LITTLE COMPTON: Income needed: $127,945 / Median-priced home: $530,000

NARRAGANSETT: Income needed: $128,709 / Median-priced home: $499,450

BARRINGTON: Income needed: $133,656 / Median-priced home: $460,000

NEWPORT: Income needed: $138,844 / Median-priced home: $535,500

EAST GREENWICH: Income needed: $148,012 / Median-priced home: $488,500

JAMESTOWN: Income needed: $149,386 / Median-priced home: $595,000


PROVIDENCE (East Side): Income needed: $190,105 / Median-priced home: $625,000

NEW SHOREHAM: Income needed: $238,641 / Median-priced home: $990,000

HousingWorks RI is holding a virtual event at 10 a.m. to discuss this year’s findings.


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