Barrington, RI is approximately 45 minutes from Newport and 15 minutes from Providence, Rhode Island’s capital city. Incorporated in 1717 as part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and transferred to Rhode Island in 1746, it is bounded by East Providence on the north and west; by the state of Massachusetts on the northeast; by the Warren River on the east; and by Narragansett Bay on the west and south.
If waterfront views are what you desire, Barrington has them, since more than half the town's square miles is water. In fact, CNN/Money and Money magazine ranked Barrington on its list of the 100 best places to live in the Country.
The King of England originally granted the land in Barrington, Rhode Island to members of the Mayflower party. Barrington, Rhode Island was part of Swansea, Massachusetts from its incorporation in 1667 (part of the Plymouth Colony until the merger with Massachusetts in 1691). The Baptist residents petitioned for separation from Swansea in 1711, and Barrington, Rhode Island was incorporated as an independent town in 1717. It was named after Barrington, Somerset, where many of the English settlers came from.
Today it is a beautiful waterfront community with a population of of about 17,000 people and is also known for its superb school system.