Niche names best places to live in R.I.

PROVIDENCE – Looking for the best places to live in Rhode Island?

Niche, a website that helps people discover neighborhoods and schools that are right for them, said 21 cities, towns, neighborhoods and villages in the Ocean State received A grades in its ranking of the best places to live in America that was published last week.

Barrington was named the best place to live in Rhode Island, followed by Kingston, a village in South Kingstown, and Jamestown, all of which received grades of A+.

Receiving A grades were Blackstone, College Hill, Fox Point and Wayland, all residential neighborhoods in Providence; East Greenwich; Hope, a village in Scituate; South Kingstown; North Kingstown; Narragansett; New Shoreham and Portsmouth.

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The Mount Hope neighborhood in Providence, as well as Newport, Lincoln, Little Compton, Bristol, Middletown, and Weekapaug, a fire district in Westerly, all received A- grades.

The best place to live in the country? Carmel, Ind.

The best city? Ann Arbor, Mich.

In Massachusetts, Lexington was the highest rated, while North Attleborough received an A- grade. In Connecticut, Simsbury topped the list.

Niche ranked the best places to live in America on cost of living, public schools, crime, job opportunities and local amenities among other weighted factors using information from the U.S. Census, the FBI, and independent research to calculate aggregate scores.

Chris Bergenheim is a PBN staff writer.