Warwick, Rhode Island, is a city in the eastern end of Kent County. The city has a population of about 82,000, thus making it the second-largest city in Rhode Island behind Providence.
The MBTA Commuter Rail service has a station in Warwick on its Providence/Stoughton Line. The rail line goes south from the T.F. Green Airport to North Kingstown. The line also moves north to downtown Boston.
The Warwick Public Schools system operates the public schools in the city. The Pilgrim and Toll Gate High Schools are the largest schools in Warwick. Bishop Hendricken High School also operates in Warwick as an all-male Catholic high school. The Community College of Rhode Island also has a campus in Warwick on the Knight Estate site.
The Kent Memorial Hospital is the largest employer in Warwick. Other major employers in the city include MetLife, Leviton Manufacturing, and the Inskip Automall. Citizens Bank also has a large call center in Warwick.
Warwick, RI, was formed in 1642 when settler Samuel Gordon purchased the land from the Narragansett tribe. The town was named for Robert Rich, the Second Earl of Warwick. He provided a charter to Gordon in 1648. The Gaspee Affair occurred in 1772 as the commanding officer of the Gaspee ship was shot and wounded. The event is considered to be the first violent act in the American Revolution against the British Crown. Warwick would be incorporated as a city in 1931.
Warwick is about 12 miles south of Providence. Interstate 95 links the two cities together.
The Pawtuxet River goes through the northern end of Warwick. The Providence River takes up the northeastern end of the city. Greenwich Bay also appears on the southeastern end.
The T.F. Green International Airport is in the central part of Warwick. The airport is the largest in the state and serves more than four million passengers every year. The airport provides regular flights to cities such as Orlando, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Nantucket. Warwick’s airport also operates as a reliever for the Logan International Airport in Boston.
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