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Shelter Harbor

Let's dive into what makes this neighborhood a special part of Rhode Island.

Welcome to Shelter Harbor

Shelter Harbor, often called the Music Colony, is a unique and enchanting neighborhood in Westerly, Rhode Island. Known for its artistic heritage and picturesque setting, Shelter Harbor offers a distinctive blend of cultural richness and coastal charm. Let's dive into what makes this neighborhood a special part of Rhode Island.


Shelter Harbor, as per the latest United States Census Bureau data, has a diverse population that includes families, artists, musicians, retirees, and professionals. The demographic mix is varied, creating a vibrant community atmosphere. While it's a relatively small neighborhood, it's known for its inclusivity and the close-knit bonds among its residents. The area also sees a seasonal influx of visitors, particularly during the summer months, drawn by its natural beauty and cultural events.

Lifestyle and Recreation

The lifestyle in Shelter Harbor is deeply influenced by its history as a music colony. This heritage is still very much alive, with music and art being integral parts of community life.
Shelter Harbor's natural setting also plays a significant role in its residents' lifestyle. Surrounded by lush greenery and near the Rhode Island coastline, it offers many opportunities for outdoor activities. Kayaking, sailing, and fishing are popular pastimes, thanks to the easy access to both the ocean and the serene ponds within the area.
Hiking and nature walks are also common, with several trails winding through the neighborhood and nearby conservation areas, offering beautiful vistas and a chance to connect with nature.

Shopping and Entertainment

Shelter Harbor, while maintaining a serene atmosphere, is not far from the lively shopping and entertainment options in Westerly. Within the neighborhood is the Shelter Harbor Inn which offers rooms and fine dining. For a more extensive shopping experience, residents can easily access the larger commercial areas in Westerly.
Dining around Shelter Harbor offers a delightful experience, with a variety of restaurants and cafes serving fresh, locally sourced food. Seafood, a staple of Rhode Island cuisine, is particularly popular.

Education System

Shelter Harbor falls under the Westerly Public Schools district, which is known for its commitment to educational excellence. The district offers comprehensive educational programs, with a focus on both academic and creative development, reflecting the artistic essence of the Shelter Harbor community.

Community Spirit

One of the most striking aspects of Shelter Harbor is its strong sense of community. The neighborhood is not just a collection of homes; it's a vibrant community where residents share a deep appreciation for music, art, and nature. This communal spirit is evident in the numerous events and gatherings that take place, fostering a sense of belonging and togetherness among residents.


Shelter Harbor in Westerly, Rhode Island, stands out as a community where the arts, nature, and a strong sense of belonging come together to create a truly unique living experience. Its combination of cultural activities, recreational opportunities, and a supportive educational environment makes it an ideal place for those seeking a lifestyle enriched by music, art, and coastal beauty. Whether for a seasonal visit or as a permanent residence, Shelter Harbor offers a slice of Rhode Island life that is both enchanting and inspiring.

Overview for Shelter Harbor, RI

21,998 people live in Shelter Harbor, where the median age is 50.4 and the average individual income is $48,339. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

50.4 years

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Around Shelter Harbor, RI

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

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Somewhat Bikeable
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Potter Hill Sweets, Rhode Island pizza, and Casa Padron.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 2.45 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 2.47 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 2.27 miles 15 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 2.06 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 2.27 miles 19 reviews 4.9/5 stars
Dining · $ 2.23 miles 58 reviews 4.9/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Shelter Harbor, RI

Shelter Harbor has 9,936 households, with an average household size of 2.19. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Shelter Harbor do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 21,998 people call Shelter Harbor home. The population density is 836.98 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population


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50.03 / 49.97%

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Schools in Shelter Harbor, RI

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The following schools are within or nearby Shelter Harbor. 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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Springbrook Elementary School
K - 4th
Dunn's Corners School
K - 4th
Westerly Middle School
5th - 8th
State Street School
K - 4th
Bradley School - Westerly Site
2nd - 12th
No rating available
Westerly High School
9th - 12th

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