Wakefield is a small village located in the town of South Kingstown, Rhode Island. It has a rich history dating back to 1745 and the village is known for its large vintage shopping area. Its quaint small-town charm and close-knit community make Wakefield a popular retirement destination.
Climate and Geography
Wakefield receives higher than average precipitation, resulting in 52 inches of rain and 30 inches of snow per year, and there are 209 sunny days. Summer temperatures can reach the 80s and winter temperatures can fall below 20 degrees.
Wakefield is located near the Atlantic Ocean, and Southern Rhode Island is home to several protected areas, including Block Island National Wildlife Refuge, John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge, Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge, and Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Popular activities include catching a production at the Theater by the Sea and the Contemporary Theater Company, grabbing a craft ale at the Whalers Brewing Company, and bowling at Old Mountain Lanes. Active adults also enjoy the open waters on Maverick Charters and Cap’n Mike’s Tiki Fleet.
Downtown Wakefield is the shopping hub of the city, filled with multiple boutiques, antique stores, and vintage shops.
Wakefield residents can also head under an hour to popular Providence or plan quick trips to Boston, which is only two hours away.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The cost of living in Wakefield is higher than both the national and state averages with housing, groceries, utilities being the driving factors. Health care costs are below the national average.
Rhode Island taxes all forms of retirement income at rates ranging from 3.75 percent to 5.99 percent, and Social Security that is taxed at the federal level is also taxed at the state level. Property taxes are high with an exemption available for retirees, and there is a statewide sales tax of 7 percent.
Rhode Island ranks in the top 25 states on Gallup’s Well-Being Index.
Wakefield residents have access to five health centers, including South County Hospital and Kent County Memorial Hospital, which are both rated high performing by U.S. News. Other facilities within 25 miles include Newport Hospital, Westerly Hospital, and Eleanor Slater Hospital.