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Block Island

This charming island offers a unique blend of natural beauty and leisure activities.

Welcome to Block Island

Block Island, Rhode Island, is a picturesque and serene island off the coast of Rhode Island, known for its stunning landscapes, rich history, and a tranquil, yet vibrant, community life. This charming island offers a unique blend of natural beauty and leisure activities, making it an idyllic escape from the hustle and bustle of the mainland.


According to the United States Census Bureau, Block Island has a small, close-knit population that includes long-term residents and seasonal workers, with a significant influx of tourists during the summer months. The demographic profile is diverse, comprising families, retirees, and young professionals. This mix of residents and visitors contributes to the island's dynamic yet intimate community atmosphere.

Location and Access

Block Island is situated about 13 miles off the Rhode Island coast and is accessible by ferry or air. From New York City and Boston, the journey to the ferry ports in Rhode Island is approximately 3 to 4 hours by car, followed by a ferry ride of about an hour. The island's somewhat secluded location adds to its allure, offering a peaceful retreat that feels worlds away from the busyness of city life.

Lifestyle and Recreation

The lifestyle on Block Island is heavily influenced by its natural environment. The island boasts over 17 miles of pristine beaches, including popular spots like Crescent Beach and Ballard’s Beach. These are perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and beachcombing. Surfing, kayaking, and fishing are also popular activities, taking full advantage of the island's coastal setting.
For those who enjoy exploring nature, Block Island offers numerous hiking trails, such as the Greenway Trails, which meander through diverse habitats, offering breathtaking views and opportunities for birdwatching. The island is also known for the iconic Mohegan Bluffs, towering clay cliffs offering panoramic ocean vistas.

Shopping and Entertainment

Block Island's shopping experience is characterized by its variety of boutique shops, art galleries, and local artisan stores. These establishments offer a range of goods from unique handmade jewelry to Block Island memorabilia. Dining on the island is a treat, with a variety of restaurants and cafes serving fresh seafood and local cuisine.
Entertainment on Block Island includes a variety of events and festivals, particularly during the summer months. From live music at local venues to the annual Fourth of July parade and fireworks, the island has a vibrant cultural scene.

Education System

Block Island has its own school system, the Block Island School, which serves students from kindergarten through 12th grade. The school is known for its small class sizes and personalized approach to education. The close-knit nature of the community is reflected in the school, where there is a strong emphasis on community involvement and outdoor learning experiences.


Block Island, Rhode Island, is more than just a destination; it’s a unique community where natural beauty, a relaxed lifestyle, and a sense of togetherness converge. Whether you’re seeking a peaceful retreat or an active outdoor adventure, Block Island offers a delightful and enriching experience that captures the essence of New England island living. From its stunning beaches and scenic trails to its quaint shops and lively cultural events, Block Island is a true gem of Rhode Island.

Overview for Block Island, RI

1,007 people live in Block Island, where the median age is 47 and the average individual income is $37,067. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

47 years

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Around Block Island, RI

There's plenty to do around Block Island, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

Walking Score
Somewhat Bikeable
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Smitty's Ice Cream, The Lunch Bucket, and Littlefield Bee Farm.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 0.28 miles 16 reviews 4.8/5 stars
Dining 1.22 miles 5 reviews 4.8/5 stars
Dining 1.22 miles 4 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 0.63 miles 4 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 2.19 miles 27 reviews 4.7/5 stars
Dining · $ 0.96 miles 144 reviews 4.5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Block Island, RI

Block Island has 459 households, with an average household size of 2.11. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Block Island do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 1,007 people call Block Island home. The population density is 110.88 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population


Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


Median Age

49.16 / 50.84%

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  • Less Than 9th Grade
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Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
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30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Block Island, RI

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The following schools are within or nearby Block Island. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Block Island School
K - 12th
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