Lincoln, Rhode Island

By | March 9, 2023

Lincoln, Rhode Island is a small town located in the northern part of the state. It is situated in the Blackstone Valley and has a population of about 21,000 people. The geography of Lincoln is mostly rural and hilly, with a few small lakes and streams running through it. The climate in Lincoln is generally mild, with temperatures rarely dropping below freezing during the winter months. Check whicheverhealth for information about Central Falls, Rhode Island.

The history of Lincoln dates back to 1636 when it was founded by Samuel Lincoln. It was incorporated as a town in 1730 and has been an important part of Rhode Island ever since. In terms of politics, Lincoln has traditionally leaned towards the Democratic Party although there are some Republican voters as well.

The economy in Lincoln is largely based on agriculture, with dairy farming being the most common type of business here. There are also many small businesses located throughout the town that offer services such as retail stores, restaurants, and auto repair shops.

There are several public schools located within the town limits including an elementary school and a high school that serve students from grades K-12. Additionally, there is also a private Catholic school for grades Pre-K through 8th grade that offers an excellent education for those who choose to attend it.

Lincoln has numerous landmarks that make it unique among other towns in Rhode Island such as Twin River Casino which opened in 2006 on land previously owned by the Narragansett Indian Tribe; Slater Memorial Park which features many monuments dedicated to local veterans; and Blackstone River State Park which provides hiking trails along with fishing and boating activities along its banks.

Lincoln, Rhode Island

Population: 20,898. Estimated population in July 2020: 22,106 (+5.8% change)
Males: 9,946 (47.6%), Females: 10,952 (52.4%)

Median resident age: 39.8 years
Median household income: $47,815
Median house value: $160,000

Races in Lincoln:

  • White Non-Hispanic (94.4%)
  • Hispanic (1.6%)
  • Two or more races (1.1%)
  • Black (0.8%)
  • Other race (0.6%)
  • Asian Indian (0.6%)
  • Chinese (0.5%)

Ancestries: Italian (18.1%), Irish (17.0%), French Canadian (16.7%), French (16.1%), English (11.3%), Portuguese (7.8%).


Lincoln, Rhode Island is a small town located in Providence County. It has a population of just under 22,000 people, making it one of the smallest towns in the state. The population is fairly diverse with about 33.4% identifying as white, 12.2% as African American, 1.9 % as Asian and 2.6% as Hispanic or Latino. The median household income is $74,000 and the median home value is $264,500.

Living costs in Lincoln are quite reasonable compared to other places in Rhode Island and the rest of New England. The cost of living index for Lincoln is 107 which is slightly higher than the national average but still relatively low compared to other parts of the state. Utilities such as electricity and water are at or slightly below the national average, while food costs are slightly higher than average due to local taxes on groceries. Housing costs vary depending on location but generally remain affordable with an average rent for a two-bedroom apartment being around $1,100 per month which is comparable to other parts of Rhode Island and New England overall.

For population 25 years and over in Lincoln

  • High school or higher: 81.8%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 29.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 13.1%
  • Unemployed: 2.4%
  • Mean travel time to work: 20.7 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Lincoln town

  • Never married: 23.0%
  • Now married: 60.4%
  • Separated: 1.0%
  • Widowed: 8.0%
  • Divorced: 7.5%

7.5% Foreign born (3.3% Europe, 2.6% Asia).

Population change in the 1990s: +2,977 (+16.6%).

College/University in Lincoln:

  • COMPUTER ED BUSINESS INSTITUTE (Full-time enrollment: 32; Location: 622 GEORGE WASHINGTON HWY; Private, for-profit; Website:


Public high schools in Lincoln:

  • LINCOLN SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,062; Location: 135 OLD RIVER ROAD; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • DAVIES CAREER-TECH HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 765; Location: 50 JENCKES HILL ROAD; Grades: 09 – 12)

Private high school in Lincoln:

  • THE SPURWINK SCHOOL II (Students: 38; Location: 365 RIVER RD; Grades: KG – 12)

Public primary/middle schools in Lincoln:

  • LINCOLN MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 649; Location: 135 OLD RIVER ROAD; Grades: 07 – 08)
  • LINCOLN CENTRAL ELEM. (Students: 393; Location: 1081 GREAT ROAD; Grades: 02 – 06)
  • SAYLESVILLE ELEMENTARY (Students: 379; Location: 50 WOODLAND STREET; Grades: 02 – 06)
  • FAIRLAWN ELEMENTARY (Students: 293; Location: 3 FAIRLAWN WAY; Grades: PK – 01)
  • LONSDALE ELEMENTARY (Students: 213; Location: 270 RIVER ROAD; Grades: 02 – 06)

Private primary/middle school in Lincoln:

  • MACCOLL FIELD YMCA NURSERY SCH (Students: 94; Location: 26 BREAKNECK HILL RD; Grades: PK – KG)


Library in Lincoln:

  • LINCOLN PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $746,448; Location: 145 OLD RIVER ROAD; 79,071 books; 2,199 audio materials; 5,557 video materials; 182 serial subscriptions)