Women's incarceration rate in Rhode Island state prisons

An online, interactive tool, the Women's Well-Being Index provides access to publicly available data specific to regional, city, and statewide levels and aggregated for gender and race.

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Female Population by Age

Source: ACS 2022 5-year estimates, table B01001

Female Race & Ethnicity

Counting race is generally complicated.

The US Census Bureau distinguishes between race (eg Asian or Black) and Hispanic ethnicity. In this bar chart, for all but the white non-Hispanic group, counts include those women who self-identify as Hispanic or Latina. Hispanic group includes women of all races. Therefore, the total value of 7 bars exceeds the actual population of females in the area.

Source: ACS 2022 5-year estimates, tables B01001B through B01001I

Females by US Citizenship Status

Generally, females aged 18 and over have higher foreign-born rates than those under 18.

Source: ACS 2022 5-year estimates, table B05003

Marital Status

About a third of females in the state of Rhode Island were never married, while the majority of females in Bristol, Kent, Newport, and Washington counties are married.

Source: ACS 2022 5-year estimates, table B12001

Earnings for Full-Time Female Workers

The bar charts below shows the distribution of earnings of full-time female workers, by race and Hispanic ethnicity. Use the dropdown to view data for for a select race/ethnicity.

Note that data is missing for many racial categories. Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding.

Source: ACS 2022 5-year estimates, tables B20005, and B20005B through B20005I

Female Poverty by Race/Ethnicity

Source: ACS 2022 5-year estimates, tables B17001B through B17001I

Employment and Labor Force Participation home_work

Labor force includes females aged 16 and over who are available to work. Those in the labor force are generally split into employed and unemployed. Those not in labor force often include students, retirees, and those who take care of children or other family members.

Source: ACS 2022 5-year estimates, table B12006

Female Households Without Spouse Receiving Food Stamps/SNAP

Family households with a female householder and no spouse present generally receive SNAP benefits in higher numbers if they have children under 18. Over 50% of such households in Providence, and Newport receive SNAP benefits, compared to 6% in the city of Westerly.

Source: ACS 2022 5-year estimates, table B22002

Employment and Median Earnings by Occupation

The bar charts below represent the number of women employed in a particular occupation field, and the median earnings of women in that field. Data are not available for all geographies. In general, median earnings of women working in STEM and management fields are highest.

Source: ACS 2022 5-year estimates, table C24020

Source: ACS 2022 5-year estimates, table B24022

Gender Pay Gap

The chart below shoes the median weekly earnings of full-time female workers as a percent of full-time male workers.

Source: US Department of Labor, 1998–2021 (annual averages)

Educational Attainment

In Rhode Island, 27% of women aged 25+ (all races) have at least some college education.


Source: ACS 2022 5-year estimates

Median Earnings of Females by Educational Attainment

Median earnings for women increase with educational attainment.

Source: ACS 2022 5-year estimates, table B20004

Maternal Mortality in Rhode Island and Nearby States

Maternal mortality is the number of deaths from any cause related to pregnancy and its management (excluding accidental or incidental causes) and up to 12 months following the termination of pregnancy, per 100,000 live births. This is a 2020 5-year estimate.

This data is only available on the state and national level.

Source: CDC WONDER Online Database, Mortality files, accessed via United Health Foundation's America's Health Rankings

Females Without Health Insurance

According to the American Community Survey, males are more likely to have health insurance coverage than females in Rhode Island. Young adults (age group 26-34) have higher rates of uninsured population among all age groups for many geographies in Rhode Island.

Source: ACS 2022 5-year estimates, table B27001

Females with Birth in Past 12 Months

The pie chart on the left shows the share of females aged 15-50 who gave birth in the past 12 months and the pie chart on the right shows their marital status. Now married includes women who are separated whose spouses are absent. Unmarried includes women who are divorced, widowed, or have never been married.

Source: ACS 2022 5-year estimates, table B13002 (including subtables B through I)

Homeownership Rate by Race

Historically in the US, racial minorities have been less likely to own their homes than their white peers. In Rhode Island, things are not much different. The bar chart below shows the proportion of households who own their home, by race/ethnicity of the main householder.


Source: ACS 2022 5-year estimates

Median Gross Rent

Median gross rent is a typical rent paid by the "middle" household when ranked from lowest to highest rent. It includes estimated monthly utility and fuel costs.

Average Contract Rent

Contract rent is the amount paid by a tenant to the owner of the property. It does not include utility bills. Unlike the median, the average rent can be skewed by more expensive properties.

Average Gross Rent

Average gross rent is estimated from the aggregted gross rent paid by all rental households in the area, divided by the number of rental households. Unlike the median, it can be skewed by more expensive properties.

Source: 2020 American Community Survey, 5-year estimates


In Rhode Island’s 2022 election cycle, 205 women won seats vs. 309 men. Overall, women accounted for 40% of elected offices. Of the women elected, 15%* were women of color. 47 women were elected to Rhode Island's General Assembly, resulting in 42% representation by women. Only one woman was elected to Executive Office (Lieutenant Governor Sabina Matos).

Representation by Gender - Categories

CITY AND TOWN COUNCILS include: Town Council, City Council, Non-Partisan Town Council, Council, Non Partisan Council At Large, Council - City Wide, City Council - At Large, Council-At-Large, Non Partisan Council, Non-Partisan City Council, "Without Party Marks Or Designation" Council, "Without Party Marks Or Designation" Council At-Large

COMMISSIONS include: Non-Partisan Planning Commission, Charter Commission, Water Commissioner, Charter Commission - At Large

SCHOOL BOARDS include: School Committee, Non-Partisan School Committee, Chariho School Committee, "Without Party Marks Or Designation" School Committee, Non-Partisan School Committee District 2, Non-Partisan Regional School Committee, School Committee Unexpired Term, Non-Partisan School Committee District 3, School Committee At-Large, Non-Partisan School Committee District 1, "Without Party Marks Or Designation" School Committee At-Large, Non-Partisan School Committee - City Wide, Non-Partisan Bristol/Warren Regional School Committee

STATE HOUSE AND SENATE include: Representative In General Assembly, Senator In General Assembly

STATE/CITY OFFICERS include: Town Clerk, Non-Partisan Mayor, Town Treasurer, Lieutenant Governor, Director Of Public Welfare, Director Of Social Services, Non-Partisan Town Clerk, Mayor, Town Sergeant, Town Administrator, Governor, Attorney General, Director Of Human Services, Secretary Of State, General Treasurer

OTHER includes: Representative In Congress District 1, Representative In Congress District 2, Non-Partisan Fire Committee, Moderator, Tax Board Of Review, Non-Partisan Block Island Land Trust Trustee, Non-Partisan Fire Committee At-Large, Town Moderator, Zoning Inspector, Assistant Moderator, Second Warden, First Warden, Non-Partisan Fire Committee At-Large, Non-Partisan Budget Committee, Board Of Assessment Review, Judge Of Probate

Rhode Island Legislation Representation by Gender and Geography

Rhode Island Candidates, 2022

Rhode Island Winners, 2022